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Baby Burger Bites For Cats

Here is a great recipe for some unique cat treats.  Remember to feed in moderation.

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz Sausage or finely ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp. Oatmeal (you can buy gluten free oatmeal if your cat has food allergies)
  • 1 Egg (eggs from free range chickens are best)
  • Catnip (small amount) finely chopped

 

Directions:

Knead the ingredients together with your hands, forming the whole mixture into a flat oval.

Broil under medium heat for 5-9 minutes, turning often, until the outside is nice and crisp.

Let the mixture cool thoroughly, then slice into bite size chunks for your cat.  Use as a training treat or give as a treat anytime in moderation.

 

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Recipe Friday – Berry Good Doggie Biscuits

Here is a fresh and yummy recipe for berry biscuit treats your dog is sure to love.  With spring here, berries are fresh and in season and a welcome treat for dogs and humans alike!  Remember to feed in moderation.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pureed Berries (any berries will work)
  • 1/2 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1 2/3 cup Whole Wheat Flour (if your dog has allergies, you can use rice flour, about 1 1/3 cups should work, if you need to use more to make it doughy, use a bit more).
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2/3 cup Oats (if your dog has allergies, you can get gluten free oats)

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.

Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutter of your choice.

Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Cool and refrigerate.

 

 

Recipe Friday – Chicken Cookies For Cats

This recipe is sure to tempt any cat!  I will list substitutions for those whose cats have allergies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups cooked chicken, shredded (if your cat is allergic to fowl, you can try using beef)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (if your cat cannot have wheat or gluten, use 3/4 cup of rice flour instead)
  • ½ cup chicken broth (use beef broth, same amount if your cat cannot eat fowl)
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp. softened margarine

 

Directions:

Preheating to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine the chicken (or beef), broth and margarine, then add the cornmeal and flour. Knead the dough into a ball and then roll it out to ¼ inch.

Cut into one-inch pieces and bake for 20 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Cool on a baking rack and store in the fridge for one week, freezing what is not used after that.

Recipe Friday – Doggie Meatballs

Yes another recipe for doggie meatballs, these have more veggies and sound even good enough for us humans to eat!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (you can omit this if your dog is allergic)
  • 1 large egg (this is not necessary if your dog is allergic, the meatballs will still form properly)
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric

 

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a muffin pan or a baking sheet.
  • In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Fill each muffin tin with about 1/4 cup of the mixture, or form the mixture into 10 balls and place on the baking sheet.
  • Bake about 15 minutes to ensure the meatballs are cooked through. Let cool completely on a rack.

Recipe Note: Makes about 10-12 meatballs (depending on the size you make the meatballs, for smaller dogs, smaller meatballs would be better).

Remember you can omit any ingredient if your dog is allergic to something.

Also, remember to feed in moderation.

Recipe Friday – Frozen Icy Treats

With the warmer weather on the way (or here to stay depending on where you live), here is a nice, cool treat that is sure to make your dog sit up and beg for more.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cartons plain or vanilla yogurt (32 oz each)
  • 1 small can tuna in water (8oz.)
  • 2 tsp. garlic power (I know that some believe that garlic is toxic for dogs, so if you are worried about that, leave it out.  I use it in my recipes from time to time in SMALL DOSES, especially when flea season is upon us.  It is a good, natural repellent).  Here is more information about garlic and dogs.  Read and research information and judge for yourself if you wish to use this.  You may omit this ingredient from the recipe and it will not change anything but the flavor.
  • 24 3 oz. plastic cups (not paper)


Directions:

Open yogurt, if they are full to the top use a spoon & scoop out one cup (these will be frozen as plain yogurt).

Put half of the can of tuna in each yogurt container add the garlic power (1 tsp. in each) & stir thoroughly.

Use a spoon & scoop the mixture into the cups.

When feeding this treat to your dog, remember moderation.  Also, make sure to get the treat out of the plastic cup before giving it to your dog.  Placing them in a warm water bath for about 30 seconds should help loosen it enough to get it out.  (Do not submerge the treats underwater).

Place on a tray & freeze overnight.

Makes about 24 treats.

Recipe Friday – Stick To Your Ribs Doggie Treats

Your dog will love these simple to make, yummy treats.  Remember to feed in moderation and to freeze what you cannot use in a week.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lbs. Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 cup Dehydrated Potatoes (potato flakes, you can buy gluten free if your dog has allergies)
  • 1 Egg (Organic Preferred)
  • 1/4 cup Beef or Chicken Broth
Directions: 
First, thoroughly mix the egg and broth in an appropriately sized mixing bowl.
Then add in the ground meat and potato flakes and continue stirring until well mixed. Potato flakes are similiar to instant mashed potatoes but they do not contain the seasonings, including garlic, that are typical of mashed potatoes.
Flatten, but do not compress, into a small lightly greased pan or ovensafe glassware.
Bake at 375 for approximately 30 mins or until browned. Allow to cool and cut sheet into bite sized pieces. (Depending on the size of your dog, the bite sized pieces will vary).

Recipe Friday – Puppy Peanut Butter Balls (No Bake)

A healthy and yummy treat that your puppies are sure to love, and best of all, they are only three ingredients, and no baking involved!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup low fat milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter (organic peanut butter is best)
  • 3 cups rolled oats  (you can buy gluten free rolled oats)

 

Directions:

Combine milk and peanut butter in a mixer until a paste forms. Add oats 1/4 to 1/2 cup at a time. This helps the oats distribute evenly through the mixture. The mixture will be dense.

Spoon out and roll into bite-sized balls.  Place on a lined cookie sheet (wax or parchment paper.) 5. Let sit in fridge for one hour.

The mixture can be sticky, so use a gentle pressure when rolling into balls.  If you use too much pressure, the mixture can crumble. For dogs with allergies, milk can be substituted with other dairy free products.   This recipe makes about 25-30 treats and can last up to two weeks stored in the fridge.  Feed in moderation.  Some dogs will get good use out of these because they will add weight to dogs that are lacking.

 

Recipe Friday – Cheesy Meatballs For Dogs

Your dog will go crazy for these yummy, tasty meatball treats!

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1/2 pound ground beef (you can substitute for chicken, lamb etc)
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons cheese (your choice)
  • 1 large egg (if your dog cannot digest or is allergic to eggs you can leave it out.  The meatballs just might not stick together as easily as you want them to).
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric (great for digestion)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°. Grease a baking sheet. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Form the mixture into 10 balls (or more depending on the size you want the meatballs to be and according to the size of your dog, if you have a small dog, the meatballs should be smaller) and place on the baking sheet. Bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack.

Always make sure to substitute or omit ingredients that your dog is allergic to or cannot digest.

Recipe Friday – Dog Treats for Shiny Coat

If you feed your dog healthy food, your dog probably already has a great, glossy coat.  But as dogs age, their skin gets dry and their coat looses it’s luster.  Here are some treats to help keep your dog’s coat shiny!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic whole wheat flour (substitute with gluten free option such as rice flour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons flaxseed meal (substitute with salmon oil and cod liver oil)
  • 1 organic egg
  • 1 tablespoon of local honey
  • 1/3 cup of organic beef or chicken stock

 

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a baking sheet with butter or a little oil.
  • In a bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and flaxseed meal. In another bowl combine the egg and honey.
  • Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture and add stock until the dough has the consistency of drop biscuits.
  • Drop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto the baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between the biscuits.

Bake for about 15 minutes. Remove, cool on a wire rack, and store, tightly covered, in a glass or ceramic container for up to a week or in the freezer for up to three months.

Recipe Friday – Beef and Veggie Yummies For Cats!

Here is a great recipe for indoor cats that don’t get out to eat grass (although you can buy and grow your own cat grass as well).

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raw trimmed beef
  • A few tablespoons of beef broth (Preferably not the canned or cubed variety)
  • 2 tablespoons cooked oatmeal (you can buy gluten free oats, do not use people flavored packaged oatmeal).
  • 1 tablespoon dried barley grass powder (Find at a pet food store)
  • 1 cooked minced veggie (Your cat’s favorite – Carrots are often a favorite)

Directions:

Cook raw trimmed beef in just enough broth to cover, over medium to low heat. When beef is cooked thru shred with fork and mix with the broth in which it was cooked. Add the minced veggie and the barley grass powder. Stir well. Last add the oatmeal to achieve the consistency that your cat likes.