Cooking For Your Pets
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I love my pets, so I'm extra picky when it comes to what they eat. So many commercial dog treats contain preservatives that I certainly wouldn't eat - and I'm not about to feed them to my dogs! And it seems like every month we're hearing about another pet treat recall.
By making your pet's food you control the ingredients. Some dogs and cats have allergies to certain things like wheat or corn so by making your own foods and treats you can eliminate those from their diet more easily. Plus, making up a batch of healthy dog cookies is much cheaper than buying them at a pet store (and, you can make as much or little as you want!). One of my dogs is a vegetarian for health reasons, the other is picky about what she eats. Finding treats for them has been a real challenge. By making my own I can tweak the ingredients to be healthy and tasty for both of them.
The collection below has treats and food for dogs, cats, and even gerbils. You'll also find recipes for bird food - great for both pet birds and wild ones. One note: some of the recipes are for dogs OR cats. If the recipe calls for garlic, omit it for cats. Dogs can have garlic just fine in small amounts (you don't want to feed them a head of garlic a day, however) but cats shouldn't have it at all. And always remember that chocolate, onions, and raisins/grapes can be toxic to dogs so don't get creative and add any of those to their treats!
A Bird's Delight Ingredients: peanuts, sunflower seeds, suet, cracked corn kernels stovetop Hide Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 0 calories, 0g fat, 0g carbs, 0g protein. Recipe is: Low in fat. Low in carbs. Low in sodium.
Bianca's Dog and Cat Biscuits Ingredients: flavoring, garlic powder, whole wheat flour, powdered skim milk, egg oven Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 51 calories, 0g fat, 10g carbs, 2g protein. Recipe is: Low in fat. Low in sodium.
Kitty Treats Ingredients: all-purpose flour, vegetable oil, rolled oats, tuna oil, chicken broth or beef bouillon oven Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per piece: 40 calories, 2g fat, 4g carbs, 1g protein. Recipe is: Low in sodium.
Soft Cat Treats Ingredients: plain yogurt or sour cream, Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, flour, cornmeal oven Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 40 calories, 2g fat, 4g carbs, 2g protein. Recipe is: Low in sodium.
Kitty Cat Cookies Ingredients: whole wheat flour, cornmeal, soy flour, wheat germ, dried catnip, canned tuna (water packed) -- well drained, juice from drained tuna -- Add water if needed, corn oil, egg -- lightly whisked Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 90 calories, 6g fat, 8g carbs, 3g protein. Recipe is: Low in sodium.
Cat Cookies Ingredients: mashed sardines, dry non-fat milk, wheat germ Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 30 calories, 1g fat, 2g carbs, 3g protein. Recipe is: Low in sodium.
Kitty's Moist Morsels (Cat Treats) Ingredients: bread crumbs, dried catnip, brewer's yeast, cheese, carrot, ground beef or turkey, egg, tomato paste oven Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 39 calories, 2g fat, 2g carbs, 2g protein. Recipe is: Low in sodium.
Treat for Older Cats Ingredients: boullion cube (chicken or veggie), Left over chicken - boned and shredded, cheese, water Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per tablespoon: 15 calories, 0g fat, 0g carbs, 3g protein. Recipe is: Low in fat. Low in carbs. Low in sodium.
Dog Biscuit Mix In A Jar Ingredients: whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, powdered milk, quick-cooking oats, cornmeal, beef bouillon granules
Baby Food Doggie Cookies
Ingredients: Cream of Wheat, baby food, dry milk powder oven Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 28 calories, 0g fat, 6g carbs, 1g protein. Recipe is: Low in fat. Low in sodium.