Cooking For Your Pets
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!
Bow-Wow Treats Made with vanilla extract, honey, peanut butter, flour, egg, vegetable oil, baking soda, rolled oats oven, microwave
6 reviewsphoto: rettamama
Dog Cookies Made with cheese, eggs, quick-cooking oats, butter, beef or chicken bouillon cubes, water, whole wheat flour, cornmeal, sugar, skim milk oven
3 reviewsphoto: vikingannie
Kitty Treats Made with tuna oil, chicken broth or beef bouillon, rolled oats, vegetable oil, all-purpose flour oven Soft Cat Treats Made with cornmeal, flour, cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, plain yogurt or sour cream oven
Kitty Cat Cookies Made with egg, corn oil, whole wheat flour, cornmeal, soy flour, wheat germ, dried catnip, tuna, water oven Dog Biscuit Mix In A Jar Made with beef bouillon granules, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, powdered milk, quick-cooking oats, cornmeal
Made with wheat germ, sardines, dry non-fat milk oven