Feeding your pets healthy homemade pet food can get complicated since you want to address all their specific nutritional needs. But when it comes to the occasional snack, making healthy dog treats and cat kibble is pretty simple and allows you to choose wholesome ingredients, avoid potentially unhealthy or contaminated ones and maybe even save you a little money in the long run.
Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
- 3 cups whole grain flour (plus a little more for rolling them out)
- 1/3 cup olive oil, butter, or meat drippings (most dogs' favorite)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup water, stock, or milk
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, adding a little more flour or water if needed to make a smooth, not sticky, dough. Grease two cookie sheets or line them with silicone sheets. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out about a ¼-inch thick and cut into desired shapes (many cooking stores now carry "bone" cookie cutters). Place shapes on the cookie sheets, and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned and firm. Cool and store in an airtight cookie jar.
Cats who enjoy catnip will go wild for these if you add ½ cup of dry or 1 cup of minced fresh catnip to the dough and roll it out about 1/8-inch thick.
Recipe found at Paw Nation