Homemade Dog & Cat Treats

Here are the recipes Arden Moore (pet behavior expert) mentioned on Problems & Solutions 1/13/17:

GRRR-EAT EAT TREATS FOR YOUR DOG

Here are a four recipes sure to bring out drools of delight in your canine:

 

Marvelous Mutt Meatballs

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef or ground turkey

2/3 cup grated cheddar cheese

2 carrots, finely chopped

1 cup bread crumbs

2 eggs, whisked

3 tablespoons tomato paste (low-sodium)

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Scoop out spoonfuls of the mixture and roll into mini meatballs, each about the size of a quarter. Place the meatballs on a cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool before serving. This recipe serves 10 to 15 canine guests.

 

Party Pup-sicles

Ingredients:

1 quart orange juice

1 banana, mashed

½ cup plain yogurt

 

Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher with a spout. Carefully pour the blend into empty ice cube trays. Store the trays in the freezer until the blend becomes solid. When ready to serve, pop the pup-sicles out of the trays into a big serving dish and hand one to each party guest.

 

Leap for Liver

Here’s a smelly sensation that will have your dog yipping for joy. Make a batch and store extras in your freezer.

1 pound sliced beef liver (save the juice)

¼ cup water

1 small box corn muffin mix

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, blend the liver one slice at a time on high until liquefied. Add a little water as you add each slice.
  3. Pour the corn muffin mix into a large bowl. Then add the liver juice and mix thoroughly.
  4. Spray an 8 ½- by 11-inch baking pan with nonstick spray.
  5. Pour the liver mix into the pan.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the middle springs back at your touch.
  7. Cool and cut into small cubes. Store the cubes in resealable plastic bags in the freezer.

Munchy Pup-Cakes

3 cups water

2 carrots, shredded

1 egg

½ teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons honey

2 ripe bananas, mashed

4 cups whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, blend the water, carrots, egg, vanilla and honey. Add the mashed bananas.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  4. Pour the flour mixture into the carrot mixture and mix thoroughly.
  5. Spray a 12-cupcake pan with nonstick spray.
  6. Fill each cup about three-quarters full.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes.
  8. Cool before serving.

 

(Excerpted from Real Food for Dogs by Arden Moore with permission from author. www.fourleggedlife.com)

 

Here are the Fabulous Feline Recipes:

Tabby Tuna Popsicles {recipe 1}

Deck the halls with wows – by golly – by serving your cat this fine, fishy treat:

 

1     6-ounce can of water-based tuna

1     teaspoon organic catnip, crushed finely

 

  1. Drain the liquid from the tuna into a cup with a pouring spout.
  2. Fill each compartment of a plastic ice cube tray halfway with water.
  3. Lightly sprinkle catnip into each compartment.
  4. Fill the rest of the ice cube tray with the tuna water.
  5. Place the tray in the freezer and allow the cubes to freeze solidly.
  6. Serve one of these tuna Popsicles in your cat’s bowl.

 

 

Cat Chow Cookies {recipe 2}

Celebrate this holiday season by making these cat cookies that will find your feline friend clamoring for more:

 

1 cup wheat flour

¼ cup soy flour

¼ cup lactaid or acidophilus milk

1/3 cup powdered milk

1 egg

2 tablespoons wheat germ

2 tablespoons molasses

1 teaspoon organic catnip

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together all the ingredients.
  3. Lightly four a rolling pin. Roll out the batter on a greased cookie sheet.
  4. Cut into half-inch pieces.
  5. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes
  6. Allow to cool before serving. Store the leftovers in an airtight container in a cool place.

 

Heavenly Turkey Leftovers {recipe 3}

Looking for a creative way to serve up holiday turkey leftovers? Here’s a delicious solution fit for you and your feline:

 

1 cup turkey, cooked and diced

¼ cup carrots, finely chopped and steamed

¼ cup broccoli, finely diced and steamed

½ cup chicken broth

2 teaspoons brewer’s yeast

 

  1. In a small saucepan with water, steam the carrots and broccoli until they are tender.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, thoroughly mix all the ingredients.
  3. Eat your portion warm but allow your cat’s portion to cool before serving.

 

Kitty-Size Lasagna {recipe 4}

If you have a few noodles left over from making an Italian feast, here’s a mini-recipe purr-fect to serve your cat:

 

A pinch of oregano

¼ teaspoon iodized salt

½ pound ground beef

1 lasagna noodle, cooked

½ cup tomato paste

1 teaspoon olive oil

¼ cup cottage cheese or ricotta cheese

1 teaspoon brewer’s yeast

2 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese

 

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir in the ground beef, oregano, and salt.
  2. Put these ingredients into a large skill and lightly brown over medium heat.
  3. Cut the cooked lasagna noodle into kitty bite-size pieces.
  4. Add the noodle, tomato paste and olive oil to the skillet and heat through.
  5. Remove the skillet from the heat and mix in the cottage cheese and brewer’s yeast.
  6. Top with grated cheddar cheese.
  7. Serve when cooled.