National Pet Day, April 11, is a great opportunity to show your cats, dogs or other household critters how much you love them. And what better way to show your affection than with a freshly baked batch of homemade treats?
Even four-legged friends can have a finicky palate — most kitties go crazy for catnip and seafood and canines love peanut butter, yogurt and gnawing on bones, according to Cesar’s Way.
There’s some debate about keeping pets on a grain-free diet. Most commercial pet foods are grain-based, using barley, brewer’s rice, wheat or corn, the Huffington Post reports.
Though each grain has nutritional values, most canines cannot digest grain, according to the report. Imagine what a wild dog or cat would eat in nature — birds, fish and other prey.
The Waldron kitties only get treats on special occasions — if they behaved well at the vet, one of them has a cat birthday or they acted extra sweet when the apartment maintenance people dropped by.
When your cats or dogs give those big, sweet eyes and you just can’t say no, these homemade cat and dog treats are perfect to have on hand — on National Pet Day, or on any day!
HOMEMADE CAT TREATS
From The Cookie Rookie.
- 5 oz. bag or can tuna, drained
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp. dried catnip
- 1 egg
- 1 or 2 tbsp. water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine tuna, egg, coconut flour, water, olive oil and catnip. Blend in food processor until smooth and combined
- Pinch pieces of the dough into little tidbits and place on baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until lightly browned — they need to be crunchy.
- Let cool completely and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Keep about a week.
GRAIN FREE DOG TREATS
From A Cozy Kitchen.
- 1 medium mashed banana
- 3 tbsp. creamy natural peanut butter
- 1 large egg
- 1¾ cup garbanzo bean flour
- ¼ cup rolled oats (optional)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- In a small bowl, mix banana, peanut butter and egg until combined well. In a separate medium bowl, add flour and oats and mix well. Add wet ingredients to dry and combine until the dough is mixed together well.
- Transfer dough to a piece of prepared wax paper. Roll the dough into a fourth of a inch thickness and cut out the dough using a cookie cutter.
- Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool to room temperature on a rack and store for up to two weeks in an airtight container.