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Healthy pet treat recipes

Making your own pet treats might sound like a lot of effort when you could just buy a bag from your local shop and they can last for months instead of a week or two, but there are positives to making your own goodies.

This way you’ll know exactly what goes into your cat or dog’s treats, and you get to avoid any unhealthy additives that are often added into commercial pet food and treats to extend their shelf life.

We’ve put together some easy and healthy recipes for you to make and for your pet to enjoy.

For the cats:

Frozen tuna treats

This is probably one of the easiest recipes, ever.

You’ll need:

  • Can of tuna
  • Water
  • A mixing bowl
  • Ice cube tray

You’ll want to start by emptying the tuna (juice and all) into the mixing bowl and add some water. Make sure you mix them well and simply then fill your ice cube tray and pop it in the freezer for a couple of hours and voila.

Crunchy tuna treats

If your cat isn’t a fan of anything cold then why not try something with a bit more crunch?

You’ll need:

  • 1 can of tuna
  • 64g plain flour
  • 64g oat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of catnip
  • A baking tray

You’ll need to pop all of your ingredients into a food processor and get blending until the mixture is smooth. Roll into small balls onto a baking tray and pop into the oven at 180 degrees for 10-12 minutes. It’s best to let them cool before you serve them to your excited feline.

a cat eating from a bowl

For the dogs:

Frozen peanut butter bites

What dog doesn’t love peanut butter?

You’ll need:

  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 113 grams of yogurt
  • 1 portion of dog-friendly fruit (a banana or a handful of blueberries)
  • Ice cube tray

These are so easy to make and your dog will love the result. Mix all the ingredients together, making sure you mash the fruit, and then fill the ice cube tray with your yummy mixture. From here, you’ll want to freeze for a few hours and then your dog’s icy treats will be ready.

Strawberry kisses

You’ll need:

  • 57 grams coconut oil
  • 4 finely slices strawberries (maybe a couple of blueberries too?)
  • Ice cube tray
  • A jug or microwavable bowl

Another easy peasy recipe! Just add the sliced strawberries into your ice cube tray and pop the coconut into the bowl or jug and microwave for 30-60 seconds. Then pour the melted oil into over the strawberries and freeze for a few hours. And serve.

As with any treat, it’s important to make sure you don’t over do it. If you’re struggling for non-food rewards for your pet then why not read our blog full of ideas for you and your pet to try.

pet obesity infographic

 

 

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Hello, lovely readers, I'm Catrin George. I'm a treat dispenser and walk giver to Marvel, the border collie. I'm here to give you the latest updates and low downs on anything and everything pet related, whether they miaow, woof, or neigh. The blogs will be filled with news, reviews, and charity visits with some discounts and giveaways squeezed in-between. So, keep your eyes peeled here!

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