Homemade Dog & Cat Treats

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine
Baystateparent Magazine

This time of year, pumpkin pops up in lots of goodies, but it’s not just for people. These recipes for dogs and cats both use the October cooking staple. Kids will love making their own treats for the family’s four-legged members, and your fur-babies are sure to be happy, too. 

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

Ingredients

2/3 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup peanut butter

2 large eggs

2 1/2 – 3 cups whole wheat flour

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

In a large bowl, beat together pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky.

On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until it comes together. With a rolling pin, roll it out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters and place onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely.

Store in an airtight container. 

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Pumpkin Salmon Kitty Treats 

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups oat flour 

5 ounces boneless skinless salmon (from a can or pouch) drained

1 large egg

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Break the salmon up with a fork or in a chopper or blender. With a spoon or electric mixer, combine 1 cup of the oat flour, salmon, egg and pumpkin puree in a large bowl. 

Place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet, sprinkle with some additional oat flour and pat down to about 1/4 inch thick. Prick the top of the dough all over with a fork (this helps relieve moisture while cooking.)

Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and use a pizza or pastry cutter to cut into small "bits.” 

Spread the bits out and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until firm. Let cool completely. 

Store in an airtight container in the fridge.