Tasty homemade treats for dogs and cats

October 21, 2014

Special thanks to Mountain View Market Co-op for this recipe.

 

Tasty Cat Treats

1/2 cup quinoa flour

1/2 cup brown rice flour

1 tbsp dried catnip

4-5 oz cooked meat (sardines, tuna or chicken)

1/4 cup parsley, rough chopped

1/2 tbsp of oil

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Throw all of the ingredients in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment until it comes together. It should be cohesive, and just a little sticky.

  • If you would like cute shapes, dump the dough out on the parchment paper on the counter and press with your fingers (or use a rolling pin) to about 1/4 inch thickness. If you don't care about the shape you can just pinch off pieces and make little balls. Remember these are treats and shouldn't be too big.

  • Transfer treats to prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes until they are dry to the touch and a little browned. Allow to cool completely before giving them to your cat. Store in an airtight container.

Catnip Tea

1 tbsp dried catnip

16 oz hot water

  • Place the dried catnip in a tea ball and place in hot water.

  • Let the tea brew until the water has cooled to room temperature.

  • Remove tea ball and serve to cat.

Calcium Booster for Cats and Dogs

Wash & dry empty eggshells. Bake at 300 F for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Grind into a powder. Mix 1/4 tsp into your cat or dog’s food a few times per week.

 

Liver Treats for Cats or Dogs

makes about 100, depending on the size of your “teaspoonfuls”

4 cups oats

1 cup cooked chicken liver, minced (sauté in coconut oil)

1/4 cup coconut oil

4 eggs

Handful of fresh mint, minced

  • Mix everything together in a large bowl until well blended

  • Drop teaspoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet

  • Bake at 350 F for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown

  • Cool completely and store in the fridge.

Rizzo’s Favorite Biscuits for Dogs

Source: Bernard Clayton’s "Complete Book of Small Breads"

 

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup rye flour

1 cup corn meal

2 cups bulgur (a.k.a. cracked wheat)

1/2 cup instant dry milk (use buttermilk powder)

1 tbsp salt

1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

1/4 cup warm water

1 pint chicken or beef wtock (no onions!!)

 

Egg Wash:

1 egg

1 tbsp milk or buttermilk

  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (except yeast). Dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water; combine with chicken stock and pour into dry ingredients. Knead this for about 3 minutes into a stiff dough.

  • Roll the dough into 1/4" sheets, and cut with cookie cutters. Brush with the egg/milk mixture.

  • Put in 300 degree oven for 45 minutes, turn off the heat, and leave them overnight.

  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Foods to Avoid

Chocolate

Onions

Garlic

Grapes & Raisins

Cooked Bones

Soy Products

Macadamia Nuts

Citrus

Xylitol

Cold Food

Unfermented Dairy (Yogurt, buttermilk, kefir are okay)

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