I love my pets!
I have two dogs, a cat, two goats, and four chickens. I feed them a well balanced organic diet, but sometimes when they are extra good, I like to give them a treat. I’ve read about all sorts of things being added to pet food and treats that they don’t need and shouldn’t have, so I set out to make my own.
Homemade Dog Treats
Here is an easy recipe for dog treats. They take very little time and can be adjusted to suit your dog’s taste buds.
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 ½ cups flour (I use organic whole wheat)
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ cup water (can also use almond milk or olive oil)
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- ¼ cup rolled oats
Mix everything together and when dough forms, knead well. Roll out to ½-inch thick and cut with a cookie cutter. I used a bone shaped one (find them here). Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Cool overnight and store in an airtight jar.
Variations: Add ½ cup shredded carrots, ½ cup unsweetened applesauce, or ¼ cup cooked, chopped bacon. Your dog will love you for it!
Homemade Cat Treats
Cats are a bit more finicky and tend to not like things like peanut butter or molasses. For them we have something different.
- 1 ½ cups flour (I use whole wheat)
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried catnip (find it here)
- ⅓ cup powdered milk (I use goat’s milk)
- ½ cup water (you can also use reconstituted or canned goat’s milk)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or olive or another oil)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 egg
Mix together until dough forms a ball. Knead and roll out to ¼-inch thick. Cut into small, bite size pieces. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes. Cool and store in an airtight jar.
Salmon Cat Treats
- 1 can salmon, with the liquid
- 1 cup cooked rice
- 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil (or other oil of your choice)
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Roll into small balls and freeze. Take out enough for 3 days as they will last about this long if kept refrigerated.
Homemade Goat Treats
My goats love these. The carrots can be traded out with raisins, apples, bananas, or zucchini. If using another ingredient that has more water, you may need to decrease the amount of molasses.
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup grains (I used oats and barley)
- ½ cup wheat germ
- 2 cups raisin cereal, smashed
- 4 carrots, grated
- 1 cup molasses
- ½ cup applesauce or mashed bananas
Mix everything together and form small cookies. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes or so. Watch carefully, these can burn easily! Cool and store in an airtight container.
Homemade Chicken Treats
What chicken doesn’t like worms? This recipe contains lots of nutrition and some fun ingredients too.
- ½ cup dry, broken spaghetti noodles (these end up looking like worms in the finished treats)
- ½ cup dry rice
- ½ cup compressed hay cubes (find them here)
- 2-3 crushed egg shells
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped apple, pear, or carrots and peas
Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large heat-proof bowl. Pour boiling water over the top and mix. Let sit for a few hours so the liquid can be soaked up and the water can cool. It will cook the noodles and rice enough for your girls (and guys too!). When cooled, sprinkle the top with mealworms and serve. My girls love the spaghetti “worms” and even fight over them. I don’t give them too much at a time, just as an occasional treat. They’re not crazy about the peas and carrots, but they get some of the nutrients from them and the goats will clean up the rest.
You can use the goat treats for llamas, horses, and cows too. They love the sweet taste and get some nutrition as well. Turkeys and guineas also go nuts over the Chicken Treat “worm” mixture.
Have you ever made your own treats for your animal(s)? What ingredients did you use? How did your animal(s) like them?