Have you ever thought about making homemade sweet treats for your pet? As someone who loves to bake, making treats for my two dogs, who are another few of my favorite things in life, is a win-win situation. My dogs are happy to receive scrumptious homemade treats, and I enjoy baking them.
If you love to spoil your dog or cat just as much as I do, you might be interested in taking a look below to discover some quick and easy homemade recipes for your pet. Summer is a great time to try out your pet baking skills in the kitchen.
As always, it is important to check with your veterinarian first before feeding your dog or cat anything that is not a normal part of their daily diet.
Dog Bone, Anyone?
Are you throwing your dog a birthday celebration this year? If so, you might want to check out these delectable, peanut butter doggy treats. (Even if you’re not throwing that extra special birthday bash, who says you can’t make some treats just for fun?) They use only four ingredients and take less than an hour to make.
Tami, on allrecipes.com, shared the recipe below. You can find the original recipe here.
- 2 cups of whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1 cup of unsalted natural peanut butter
- 1 cup of skim milk
- “Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Stir together the flour and baking powder; set aside.”
- “In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter and milk. Stir in the flour mixture until well blended. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into shapes using cookie cutters. Place 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.”
- “Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.”
Some reviewers suggested checking the oven periodically, because they may not take the full 20 minutes to bake. Now you have sweet treats for your pet in a jiffy.
*Recipe taken from allrecipes.com, shared by Tami.
Your dogs may enjoy a fun birthday treat, but what about kitty? These super simple thumbprint cookie treats for your cat are easy to make, and they can be given to your furry friend on a special occasion, like a birthday, or just for fun. Melissa Llado shared this recipe on her blog, Serendipity and Spice. You can check out the original recipe on her blog here.
- 5 oz. can of tuna
- ½ cup of white cornmeal
- ½ cup of flour
- ½ cup of water
- “Mix all ingredients together until it forms a ball.”
- “Break off tiny pieces and roll into a small bite size ball and place on baking sheet.”
- “Flatten ball with a finger– just like you’re making thumbprint cookies.”
- “Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.”
- “Flip and bake an additional 5 minutes.”
- “Let cool and have your kitties enjoy!”
Thanks to Melissa for sharing this awesome thumbprint cookie recipe, now our cats can enjoy it, too!
* Recipe taken from serendipityandspice.com, shared by Melissa Llado.
Ice Cream For The Dog In Your Life
Cats love refreshing treats to cool off over the summer, and dogs certainly do, too. Below is a recipe featuring a few of nature’s most delectable ingredients, shared by Brandy Arnold on The Dogington Post, which you can check out here for the original recipe.
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup of peanut butter
- 2 cups of natural plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- “Mash the banana and then stir it into the natural yogurt.”
- “Warm the cup of peanut butter using a microwave or stove until it’s easy to stir.”
- “Add the banana and yogurt mixture and the honey to the softened peanut butter.”
- “Mix all ingredients until well-combined.”
- “Pour the mixture into a non-stick container and then freeze overnight.”
The only thing left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy some ice cream. Go ahead, why don’t you take a bite, too? You’ve earned it.
* Recipe shared by Brandy Arnold on Thedogingtonpost.com.
Your kitty cat may get just as hot as you do in the summer sun. What is a better way to cool down than with a refreshing popsicle? One for you and your feline friend.
Louise Hung shared multiple recipes for making catsicles on her blog, which can be found here.
- Honest Kitchen’s Pro Bloom Instant Goat’s Milk for cats and dogs
- A Dixie cup
- Mix up a fourth packet of Honest Kitchen’s Goat’s Milk mixture.
- Pour the mixture into a Dixie cup.
- If you would like, feel free to add some of your cat’s favorite treats to the mixture, like dried fish treats.
- Place in the freezer for about one hour or until frozen.
- After it has frozen and when you are ready to give it to your cat, cut away the Dixie cup, plop the popsicle on a plate, and let your cat enjoy.
This is a simple and refreshing way for your cat to cool off this summer. Check out the rest of Louise Hung’s blog page to find even more catsicle recipes here.
We hope you enjoyed our article. If you try any of these recipes, let us know your thoughts. Do you have any favorite homemade sweet treats that your pet adores?