Gifts for Your Pets: Organic Homemade Treats

Pets are considered family in my home, so with the holidays in full swing, why should they be left out of the gift-giving? I began making my own cat treats several years ago— a fact I was very thankful for when the pet food recalls happened in 2009. Using all-natural and organic ingredients ensures that your furry pals are getting the best quality snacks.

Plus, how else can I repay my cats for humoring me by occasionally wearing hats (as illustrated above)? So repay their patience with humankind and give them a happy holiday with these easy recipes:

Tuna Tidbits from PetPlace.com
Yields 12 cookies

Ingredients:
6 ounce can of tuna
1/4 cup water drained from tuna
3 T cooked egg white, chopped
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup whole wheat flour

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine tuna, egg white and water.
Add cornmeal and flour and blend to form a dough.
Knead into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch thick.
Cut into one-inch sized pieces.
Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits from Natural Family Online
Yield depends on size of cookie cutters

Ingredients:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup skim milk
1 tbsp baking powder

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine the peanut butter and milk in another bowl, then add to the dry ingredients.
Roll to ¼'' thick.
Cut into squares or use cookie cutters in the shape of dog bones.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
Bones should be dry after baking.

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(Images: Michelle Chin)

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