Tasty homemade treats for dogs and cats
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.
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
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!!)
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
Grapes & Raisins
Unfermented Dairy (Yogurt, buttermilk, kefir are okay)