Homemade DIY Treats for Cats and Dogs

We all love to spoil our furbabies, and what better way to do this than with a homemade treat? Whether it's a special occasion, or just a regular binge-worthy Sunday, these recipes are a great way to make your pets feel the love. 

So, we've compiled a list of our favourite recipes that are sure to make your pets go wild! 

Recipes for dogs 

Here are two amazing recipes to leave your pup barking for more! 

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Chicken Biltong 

Dogs love chicken, and this recipe is not only delicious, but it will keep them occupied, too. Furthermore, if you tend to give your pet rawhide bones and treats, this is a much healthier alternative. 

Both tough and chewy, this treat is an excellent way for your best friend to get the necessary protein that's so crucial in their diet for healthy muscle development. 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 to 4 chicken breasts 

Cooking Instructions: 

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. 
  • Remove any fat that's still attached to the chicken breast, then turn the breast on its side and slice it into 2cm thick strips. 
  • Place a baking sheet on your baking tray and evenly distribute your chicken strips onto the tray. 
  • Let this bake for 2 hours.
  • Before removing the chicken from the oven, check the strips to make sure that they are dry and hard, not chewy.
  • Let them cool. 
  • Once the strips have cooled down, serve and enjoy your doggo's delight! 
  • You can store the remaining strips in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Doggo Doughnuts 

Everyone loves doughnuts and dogs are no exception. So, if you're looking for a yummy treat for a special occasion, then this is the recipe for you! Not only are these easy and fun to make, with common ingredients, but this is also a great way to get your friends and family involved. 

Ingredient:

  • 1 cup plain flour 
  • 1 cup of oats
  • ⅓ cup of coconut oil 
  • ½ cup of peanut butter 
  • 2 eggs

Topping Ingredients:

  • Plain Greek Yoghurt 
  • Bacon Bits 

Cooking Instructions: 

  • Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. 
  • Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl (but don't add the greek yoghurt and the bacon bits yet).
  • Mix until the ingredients turn into a dough. 
  • Press the dough into your doughnut pan. Make sure to press firmly with your hands to fill all the cavities.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 14 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly. 
  • Allow to cool and remove the doughnuts from the pan. 
  • Now you can decorate them! Place the greek yoghurt and the bacon bits into two separate bowls, then dip each doughnut carefully into the greek yoghurt before sprinkling them with the bacon bits. 
  • Place your doughnuts into the freezer or fridge to allow the yoghurt to set.
  • Once the yoghurt has set, the doughnuts are ready to serve!  

Recipes for Cats

Here are two amazing recipes that your furballs are sure to gobble up! 

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Tuna Meringue 

If you have a picky eater in your hands, this is the recipe for you. Not only is this treat great for training, but it is also a purr-fect little treat. So get your cooking hat on and let's dive deep into this recipe. 

Ingredient:

  • 1 tin of drained tuna (120g) 
  • 1 egg 

Cooking Instructions: 

  • Preheat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius and line your baking tray with a baking sheet.
  • Crack the egg and separate the white from the yolk. Discard the yolk and place the egg white into a bowl. 
  • Using a hand whisk or an electric whisk, beat the egg white until it forms a stiff foam-like mixture. Set aside. 
  • Add the drained tuna into a blender along with two tablespoons of the egg whites. 
  • Blend the mixture until it forms a smooth paste with no lumps or flakes. 
  • With a spatula, slowly remove the paste from the blender and add it to the remainder of the egg whites. Be careful not to remove too much air out of the mixture when mixing the two.
  • Transfer the mix into a piping bag with a small star nozzle, then pipe the mixture into small circles on the baking sheet. *Note: Do not make the swirls too large
  • Place into the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the treats feel dry to the touch and are easily removable from the baking sheet. 
  • Leave to cool. 
  • Once cooled, transfer them to an airtight container for storage. If they are kept cool and dry, they should last up to four weeks. 

Kitty Crunch 

This simple and easy recipe is great for an afternoon snack, and it's sure to leave your kitty sitting pretty. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg 
  • 425g of canned tune, thoroughly drained 
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil 
  • 1 cup of oat flour 
  • 1 tbsp of catnip (optional) 

Cooking Instructions: 

  • Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius. 
  • Combine all the ingredients into a food processor, then blend until the mixture turns smooth, resembling dough. 
  • Roll the dough into small balls, around ½ tablespoon each, and place onto a baking tray. Make sure the baking tray is lined with a baking sheet.
  • Press an "x" shape into the top of each ball. 
  • Place into the oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until they are slightly brown and dry on the top. 
  • Allow to cool.
  • Once they're cool; serve! 
  • Place the treats into an airtight container and leave in the fridge for up to 7 days! 

*Note: Although these treats are homemade, they aren't healthy if eaten in large amounts, and are not meant to substitute meals. 

Now that you have all these recipes at hand, get your cooking hat on and treat your pets to some guilty pleasures! 

We won't tell if you don't! 

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