3 simple do-it-yourself treats for your pets
Winter means being in a festive mood! Even after December, we are all still recovering from the sweet holiday season! The smell of freshly baked cakes and cookies still lingers in our memories and reminds us of Christmas parties with friends, family and pets even after it’s over.
But although we have delicious food on our table, we often cannot share it with our pets. Now, don’t they also deserve to get in the party mood and enjoy some delicious pet-friendly treats? They absolutely do!
Our pets are special. Not only because they are part of our family, but also because unlike us, they cannot swallow all the food. Some foods like raisins, chocolates, and certain fruits like grapes are toxic to pets. That’s why they can’t eat those chocolate chip cookies and sip wine from our glasses.
Doctor Tikeshwarveterinary officer at squirms noted,
You can easily include your pet in the festivities by making them special treats, but it’s important to make sure they’re not allergic to any of the ingredients you’re using.
Here are some easy do-it-yourself festive treat recipes shared by Dr. Tikeshwar that your pets can enjoy!
1. Gingerbread cookies: Doggo version
This beloved Christmas treat should be shared with our pets, but only if it’s safe for them. Here’s how you can make gingerbread cookies for your dogs.
Whole wheat flour – 1 and ½ cup
Oatmeal – 1 and ½ cups
Baking powder – ½ tsp
Ground ginger – 1 tbsp
Turmeric – ⅓ tsp.
Ground cinnamon – 1 teaspoon
Pinch of ground cloves
Molasses – ¼ cup
Applesauce – ¾ cup
Egg – 1
Vanilla extract – ¼ tsp.
Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
Step 1: First, preheat the oven to 350°F.
2nd step: Now mix all the dry ingredients i.e. flours, baking powder and spices in a large bowl.
Step 3: Now add the applesauce and molasses and mix well.
Step 4: Continue adding the egg, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Add more flour if needed.
Step 5: Sprinkle a little flour and roll out your gingerbread dough on a flat surface.
Step 6: Take cute gingerbread cookie cutters and cut out the dough.
Step 7: Bake cookies at 350°F for 20 minutes or until golden around edges. The gingerbread cookies are ready to gobble!
2. Pumpkin Puppuccinos
Our pets also deserve a delicious drink that can keep them happy and warm indoors during winters. Making Pumpkin Puppuccinos is super easy, takes less than 10 minutes to make and even less to swallow!
Fat-free plain yogurt – 1 cup
Pumpkin puree – ¼ cup
Cooked rice – 1 cup
Regular roasted oats – 2 tbsp
Fat free whipped cream – ¼ cup
Ground cinnamon – ¼ tsp
Step 1: Blend yogurt, pumpkin puree, plain oats and rice in a blender until smoothie-like consistency.
2nd step: Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon. Serve immediately and watch your pet lick every morsel!
Pro tip: This recipe also makes a cute video on social media!
3. Muffins for cats
Impossible to share your Christmas dinner with the cat, but you can make it just for him! These irresistible goodness and taste muffins are the perfect meal for cats to make them feel special and show how much you love them.
Boiled chicken – 170g
Eggs – 3
Boiled carrot – 1
Peas (thawed if using frozen) – 20g
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 200°F or 180°F.
2nd step: Cut or shred the boiled chicken.
Step 3: Lightly beat the eggs in a bowl. Then add the chicken and vegetables and mix well.
Step 4: Take a muffin tin and carefully pour the mixture into each section until it is 3/4 full. Filling to the brim will cause the mixture to overflow.
Step 5: Put the plate in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and stick a skewer into the muffins, if it comes out clean; it’s good to go! Let the muffins cool and offer them to your cat. And that’s all! Your cat’s festive meal is ready to be devoured.
We hope these DIY festive treats are enjoyed by your pets and help you include your pet in the festivities!
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