Pet Recipes: Chow Down

Pet Recipes: Chow Down

pet recipes

These two pet recipes have been designed with our four-legged foodies in mind.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Ball Dog Treats

These are rolled into one-inch balls. Bigger dogs will woof them down, while smaller dogs may want to nibble at them. Since there’s no meat in these they may last longer, but consider freezing extras.

If you love to spoil your pooch, then you are probably no stranger to dog treats. But have you ever considered making them for your dog from scratch? If you haven’t tried making your own dog treats before, it’s a great way to make sure your pup is eating healthy, dog-safe foods. 

Making treats for your dog doesn’t have to be hard either. This No-Bake Peanut Butter Ball Dog Treats recipe is an absolute favorite among my two dogs, Gemma and Lainey. This simple recipe involves four ingredients that can be found around almost any home. Of course, if your dog has a special diet, feel free to make the needed adjustments so your furbaby can have a tasty snack, too! 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of sweet potato puree (baby food works)
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter (make sure it’s xylitol free as xylitol is toxic for dogs)
  • 1/8 cup of milk
  • 1 1/2 cups of old-fashioned oats

Instructions

  1. Dump all the wet ingredients into a bowl and mix. Gradually add 1 cup of the oats and mix well. 
  2. Take a scoop or your hands, and form inch sized balls out of the mixture and then roll it around in the leftover oats. 
  3. Refrigerate for an hour, or until set, and serve to your pup!

Chicken Bite Cat Treats

Roll the ingredients into small balls and store in a zip-top bag or plastic container in the fridge. You may want to freeze some of them as the chicken probably won’t last too long. Just experiment with how big your cat likes them. You can break one ball into smaller bits for multiple treats.

I love my dogs, but I really am a cat person. Mr. Whiskers and Lily are my two cats and they just get me. But, when it comes to buying treats for them, they are the definition of picky eaters. I’ve tried all kinds of treats to no success. To make things even more difficult, Mr. Whiskers is allergic to fish so finding cat foods that are fish-free can be difficult.

I’ve never made treats for my cats before, and after doing some research, I created this Chicken Bite Cat Treats recipe in an attempt to find a treat that both of my cats like and is safe for Mr. Whiskers to eat. The one thing I wanted this recipe to be is easy, and so I’ve modeled it after the recipe found above, and in case you are wondering, baby food is pet safe.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of sweet potato puree (baby food works)
  • 1/8 cup of frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 plain chicken breast cutlet, boiled and ground 
  • 3/4 cup of old-fashioned oats

Instructions

  1. Boil the chicken breast in water until done and then grind in a food processor. 
  2. Pour the rest of the ingredients into the food processor and blend until paste-like. If the mixture is looking a little dry, use some of the water leftover from boiling the chicken to wet it.
  3. Scoop or roll the mixture into 1/2 inch sized balls.
  4. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until set, and then serve to your pretty kitty.