Wait, did someone say treat? We all know pets love their treats and we’re also well aware that most aren’t exactly healthy for them. It’s a struggle between rewarding your pet with a delicious snack they love and knowing that it isn’t really the most healthy choice for them. Also, dog and cat treats can be crazy expensive! Especially if you have multiple dogs or cats in your home.
We love our pets as cherished members of our family which means we only want the best for them, especially when it comes to their nutrition. Pets love their treats but not all options are healthy. Making your own dog and cat treats at home will not only save you heaps of money, but it’s also a healthier option than buying processed pet treats at the store.
Moreover, making your own dog and cat treats doesn’t have to be expensive or overly complicated. There are many healthy and low budget recipes online that your dog or cat will absolutely love! Therefore, we’ve rounded up the best 10 recipes for each.
Most of these recipes have limited ingredients so they won’t break your budget. Even if you have little to no baking or cooking skills, these are easy enough for anyone to tackle and there are also a couple of no-bake options in the lists!
Best Dog Treat Recipes:
Don’t be fooled by the name. These biscuits are only shaped like squirrels! They’re made using bananas, cinnamon, buckwheat flour and a little chicken broth.
Your best friend will love these doggie donuts. Made with flour, applesauce and pureed pumpkin, they’re sure to be gobbled up quickly.
Grab one of those cute bone-shaped molds to make these healthy dog biscuits which contain shredded cooked turkey and dried cranberries. A great treat for halloween!
Using only 4 ingredients, these peanut butter treats are sure to please even the fussiest eater!
Only 3 ingredients? Impossible – you say. But seriously, these treats only use oat or rice flour, some mashed banana and peanut butter.
Try this recipe if your pooch is on a grain-free diet. Using only sweet potato, carrots, an egg and a couple of spices, these doggie muffins are sure to please!
Making your own chicken jerky is easy with this recipe. It uses only 3 ingredients and is super easy to make using a slow oven for about 5-6 hours. Plus, they store for around 2-3 weeks in an airtight container.
Here’s an easy no-bake recipe using only oats, peanut butter, honey and peanuts.
We all know how much dogs love peanut butter! This simple recipe uses only peanut butter, some flour, mashed banana, rolled oats, an egg and some blueberries.
If your dog’s breath is less than fresh at times, try these natural doggie breath mint treats. They use fresh mint and parsley and your dog is sure to love them.
Best Cat Treat Recipes:
Even the fussiest feline will love these tasty tuna treats. And, they’re super easy to make with canned tuna, eggs and breadcrumbs.
Make these kitty treats using a store bought can of quality wet cat food and some catnip for a special treat!
These cheesy treats will be sure to be a hit with your cat. Quick and easy to make with shredded cheese, yogurt, flour, cornmeal and water.
Grab a can of mackerel and some breadcrumbs to make these tasty treats.
These chewy treats are very versatile and you can change the ingredients around to suit whatever you have on hand.
It’s no secret that most cats adore tuna! Make your feline friend feel extra special with these quick and easy tuna treats!
Here’s an easy recipe using shredded, cooked chicken. Perfect for when you have some left over from last night’s roast dinner.
Make these little crouton shaped treats when you want to make your kitty feel special. You can use either salmon or tuna in these treats.
Make these cat popsicles for a cool treat on a hot day. They use only 3 ingredients and are super easy to make.
Another tuna treat that’s bound to please. All the ingredients are blended in a food processor and then baked. It can’t get any easier than that!
Choosing to make your own dog and cat treats at home isn’t only easy or healthier for your pet, but making your own means saving tons of money! Plus, your pet will love you for it.
Try a couple recipes and find the perfect one that your pet loves. Some dogs or cats are drawn to specific ingredients or scents, so it’s entirely normal for a pet to have their own particular favorite treats. Luckily, these recipes are so easy to make that you can try a few to see what they love the most!
And, you don’t have to feel bad now when you give your pet an extra treat or two when they’re being extra cute because they’re all healthy and delicious. That’s an awesome pet mom or dad!