Homemade Treats for Dogs, Cats, Goats, & Chickens!

Homemade Dog Treats

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.

Catnip Treats

  • 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.

Additional Notes

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?

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Comments

  1. I would love to make the dogtreats for my dog but one thing is bothering me. I have always been told that dogs cannot have nuts. That it can be very dangerous to them. I’m sure Debra would not recommend a recipe that is dangerous for dogs but I still feel unsure about using peanut butter. Any comments?

    • Hi Louise! One of the main reasons that nuts are bad for dogs is the fact that they can choke on them easily. Almonds and walnuts are not easily digested and can cause gastric distress and black walnuts contain juglone, a toxin that causes toxicity in a lot of animals. A lot ofg nuts can be high in fat, which could also cause problems. Many nut problems come from intestinal blockage from whole or partial nuts being undigested in the intestines. Peanuts are considered safe, and not a part of the “tree nut” family, but still considered a nut. So…to avoid most of the problems I described, use peanuts, sparingly, and always grind them. The same goes for any other nut, if you should decide to use them. Grind them up finely and use in small amounts. Many nuts contain EFA’s, essential fatty acids, that can add shine and luster to a dog’s coat. For a list of nuts that are absolutely unsafe, go to pawnation.com

  2. Hi, I just wanted to kindly mention that cats don’t tolerate grains that well; they are carnivores and do best with animal protein. I would also have some concern with the honey. How about dehyrated chicken livers or something like that? Catinfo.org is a great site authored by a vet. Thank you.

    • Of course you can use dehydrated livers, Jen, if you are concerned. Small amounts of grains and honey, occasionally, meant as treats are fine. I wouldn’t recommend them for a staple diet.

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