Homemade Pet Treats and Gifts for the Holidays
Create the perfect holiday gift for your pet or for the pet lover in your life. Take a look at the list below of different holiday pet treats and gifts your critter is sure to love.
Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats
2/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 large eggs
3 cups whole wheat flour
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a bowl, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium high until combined. On low speed, gradually add in 2.5 cups of flour and mix until combined. Add in 1/4 cup flour at a time until combined. The dough should not be sticky. Knead the dough until comes together. Roll out the dough to roughly ¼-inch thick. Use any shape cookie cutters that you want to cut out the cookies. Place onto the baking sheet and bake until the edges are golden brown. It should take about 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely before giving to your dog.
Homemade Salmon and Oat Cat Treats
5 ounces canned pink salmon or tuna, no salt added and packed in water, drained
1 cup oat flour
1 large egg
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon dried catnip
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a rack in the upper third of the oven. In food processor, combine salmon, oat flour, egg, olive oil and catnip. Pulse until completely mixed. Bits of fish and the dry food will remain but the mixture should be mixed enough to form small balls. Roll dough into small balls and place on cookie sheet. Using a fork, press down into each cookie ball to leave marks in each cookie. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes. They should be dried on the top and slightly brown. Be sure to store the treats in an airtight container. They can be stored in the fridge for about a week.
Paw Print Holiday Ornaments
This is an easy yet adorable gift for the pet owner in your life! Purchase clay or dough that can be baked. There is an easy recipe to make dough below. Roll it out until it is the size of the ornament that you would like (you can also use a cookie cutter to make a shape). Be sure that it is big enough to fit the dog’s or cat’s paw. If the clay is too hard to press your pet’s paw in, warm it up for about 20 seconds in the microwave; it should soften. Press the animal’s paw into the clay firmly. Use a straw to make a hole in the top that is big enough to fit your desired ribbon. Use a toothpick to write your pet’s name on the ornament. If any of the edges are messy, use a knife to cut around the edges to make the edges nice and crisp. Bake on a cookie sheet for 7-10 minutes. Let the ornament cool completely before putting the ribbon through the hole. Decorate your ornament with glitter, paint, stains or even paper. Get creative!.
Bakeable Play Dough Recipe for Pet Ornament
2 cups of flour
1/2 cup of salt
1 cup of water
15-20 drops of food coloring (Color of your choice!)
Mix the flour and salt together until it is mixed completely. Mix the water in a little at a time. You want the dough to be moist but not sticky. Pick any color of food dye and add in a few drops to the dough. Knead the dough until the color becomes consistent throughout. Feel free to add as many drops as you want until you get your desired color. If the dough starts to get too dry, just add a small amount of water. If it becomes too dry, add in a little more flour.