Homemade natural dog treats? Who do you think I am, Betty Crocker? We’ve heard that more times than we could count. Honestly, it is unbelievably simple to make your own cat and dog treats. Not to mention much healthier for our favorite furballs. Many of the pet treats on the market are full of a bunch of ingredients you can’t even pronounce. Here are some pet-licious, healthy, homemade treats for all of your beloved four-legged family members!
NATURAL DIY CAT TREATS
Cats are smart, sweet, playful, loving…everything you could need in a friend. And, friends look out for each other, especially kitty cats and their humans. That includes keeping them healthy. Next time your fluffy feline deserves a goody, try these healthy, homemade pieces of purrfection.
CatLadyFitness’ Homemade Kitty Treats
- 1 lb ground turkey or chicken (dependant on your kitty cats palette)
- 1 3.75oz can sardines in water NO salt added
- 2 egg yolks (just the yolks, folks)
- ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
- Tbsp kitty’s favorite catnip
- ¼ cup of water
- Gal. sized piping or Ziploc bag
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet
Here’s how to DIY:
Preheat oven to 350. Place the parchment paper on the baking sheet. Set aside.
If you have a food processor, put in the turkey/chicken, sardines along with the can water, egg yolks, yeast, water and catnip and blend into a thick paste. If you do not have a processor, in a bowl, mash the sardines well with a fork. Add the egg yolks, chicken or turkey, nutritional yeast, water, and catnip, mix until well blended.
Cut one of the bottom corners off of the Ziploc bag making about ½ inch opening.
Carefully, squeeze nickel sized dollops onto the parchment paper/baking sheet. Using the back of a knife to slice as you go can make it a bit easier.
Pop them into the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
Try to keep the cats away while they cool. Good luck.
See? Super easy and so much healthier for your furbabies. These can be stored (in an airtight container!) for up to two weeks in the refrigerator or 3-5 months in the freezer.
3 Ingredient Salmon Homemade Cat Treats
- 10 oz canned salmon, undrained
- 1 Egg, beaten
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- Goldfish shaped cookie cutters (optional)
Here’s how to DIY:
Preheat oven to 350.
Pulse (undrained) salmon in your food processor, or chop as finely as possible. If you think it is chopped enough, chop more.
In a mixer combine salmon, beaten egg, and flour until your dough forms. It should be tacky, not sticky. If too dry add ⅓ cup water. If to wet add small amounts of flour until it is the right consistency.
Sprinkle some flour on a cutting board, and roll out the dough. It should be about a ¼ inch thick.
Using a ¾ inch cookie cutter (whatever shape you have but the goldfish one is just oh so cute!!)
Placing the treats on a parchment lined baking sheet, bake treats for about 20 minutes at 350.
When they are lightly browned, and crunchy they are done. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Chewy Cat Treats
- 1 Large egg
- 1 4 oz jar chicken and rice organic baby food
- ¼ cup parsley, chopped finely
- 2 Tsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1 Cup brown rice flour
- ½ Cup cooked brown or white rice
- Optional- Throw in a tbsp of catnip!
Here’s how to DIY:
Preheat oven to 325, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a medium bowl whisk together the egg, baby food, parsley, olive oil, and water. Add brown rice flour and cooked white/brown rice. Stir well to blend. The mixture should be thick but spreadable.
Spread mixture onto prepared baking sheet. It should be even and about ⅓ inch thick.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Once cooled, slice into bite-size pieces, and pop back into the oven for another 7-8 minutes.
NATURAL DOG TREATS
Dogs are the best. No, really THE BEST. Always there for you, never judging you, they don’t talk back (Not coherently anyway). While cats tend to be your calm, cool, and collected confidant, dogs are just big, goofy, teddy bears. As much as our pups do for us, the least we can do is treat them to a healthy, homemade treat every once in a while!
Lucky Puppy Healthy Homemade Dog Treats
- 1 dozen fresh peapods, rinsed and patted dry
- Olive oil spray
- 2 Tbsp parsley and/or parmesan grated cheese (my pup says both please!)
- Aluminum foil
- Baking/ cookie sheet
How to make your homemade natural dog treats:
Preheat oven to 450.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray with olive oil.
Arrange the peapods evenly across the sheet, and spray with olive oil.
Sprinkle the parsley and parmesan, generously.
Bake 4-6 minutes
Remove from oven, gently stir, then bake for another 2-5 minutes until perfectly crisp.
Cool completely before storing in an airtight container
Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. (IF they last that long! Your dog will love these.)
6 Ingredient Homemade Dog Treats
- 2 Cups rolled oats (NOT instant oatmeal)
- 2 Cups spelt flour
- 2 Cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Mashed bananas
- ½ Cup natural peanut butter (no sugar)
- 1 Egg
- ½ Cup water
How to DIY:
Preheat oven to 325
Combine bananas, peanut butter, egg, and water.
Slowly add in the rolled oats, spelt flour, and all-purpose flour.
Knead for about 10-15 minutes until well mixed. The dough will be dry and tough. (This is due to the spelt flour and will help provide a better crunch.)
If the dough is hard to mix, add a little water, about a tsp at a time until comes together in a ball.
Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick. Cut out biscuits with a cookie cutter or slice into squares with a knife.
Bake for 40-45 minutes. They will be soft in the center but will harden upon cooling. Leaving them to cool in the oven will help dry them out more (you want them dry!)
*If stored properly these can be kept for up to a month.
Crazy Easy Homemade Dog Treats
- ½ Cup organic pumpkin puree
- ½ Cup applesauce (no sugar)
- ¼ Cup natural peanut butter
- ¼ Cup plain yogurt
- 1 Strip cooked and crumbled bacon (Try turkey bacon to make them healthier!)
- 2 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
Ready to make these super easy dog treats?
In a large bowl mix together the pumpkin, applesauce, peanut butter, and yogurt until incorporated.
Stir in bacon crumbles and oats.
Use a cookie scoop to make equal treats.
Store in the fridge or freezer until ready for use.
After researching the FDA website, homemade natural pet treats (and food) starts sounding better and better. With so many issues with store-bought pet food, why not have some control over what your pet is actually eating? With all the worries we deal with in our busy lives, treating our pets shouldn’t be one of them. You can also check out the natural dog food stores in Los Angeles below!
NATURAL PET FOOD STORES IN LOS ANGELES
Go Fetch Delivery– +1 424-268-4031
My Pet Naturally– 3240 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-477-3030
Bark Williams– 2901 Ocean Park Blvd #118, Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-664-7009
Protein for Pets– 2621 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405, 424-268-7840
Kriser’s Natural Pet– 303 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, 424-744-8329
The Urban Pet– 7515 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, +1 323-933-2100
Natural Balance Pet Foods– 100 N 1st St #200, Burbank, CA 91502, +1 800-829-4493
Just Food for Dogs– 333 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, +1 213-709-2963
Animal Crackers– 8023 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048, +1 323-658-1919
The Dog Bakery – 12112 Venice Blvd Mar Vista, CA 90066 (310) 313-1801