20 Pet Treats That Will Make Tails Wag and Kittens Purr

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Last week, we ate some fall recipes.
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Cooking for yourself is a really fun pursuit, and I for one recommend you endeavor upon it. But enough of all that! Today, we’re switching it up. Today, we’re making some motherfucking treats for our motherfucking cats. Or dogs. I love dogs.


Dogs

Mint Buckwheat Dog Biscuits

Mint Buckwheat Dog Biscuits


Marvelous Mutt Loaf

Marvelous Mutt Loaf


Chewy Cheddar Puppy Puffs

Chewy Cheddar Puppy Puffs


Bacon “Bark” Sticks

Bacon Bark Sticks


Muddy Paws Blueberry Dog Treats

Muddy Paws Blueberry Dog Treats


Grain-Free Dog Biscuits

Grain-Free Dog Biscuits


Frozen Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe

Frozen Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe


Apple Crunch Pupcakes

Apple Crunch Pupcakes


Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats

HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA DOG TREATS


Chicken Biscuit Homemade Hypoallergenic Dog Treats

Chicken Biscuit Homemade Hypoallergenic Dog Treats Recipe


Cats

Tuna Treats

Tuna Treats


Goat Milk Catsicle

Goat Milk Catsicle


Salmon Treats

Homemade Salmon Cat Treats


Crunchy Cat Treats

Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats


Tuna & Cheddar Cat Crisps

Tuna & Cheddar Cat Crisps


Chewy Cat Treats

Chewy Cat Treats


Salmon and Catnip Croutons

SALMON AND CATNIP CAT TREAT CROUTONS


Organic Spinach and Chicken Cat Treats

Organic Spinach and Chicken Cat Treats


Ripley Bites

Ripley Bites


Kitty Delights

Kitty Delights


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11 Comments

  1. Carmen, how did you know I was looking for doggy recipes!?

    Gonna be testing as many of these as I possibly can on my mutts pre-Christmas, and the biggest hits can be made as presents for my brothers’ dogs!

  2. What we do for the pup is much less adorable, but also much less work- we use a mandolin to slice sweet potatoes very thin, then dehydrate them in the oven at around 200° until they’re crispy, and the little moo loves them more than anything!

  3. So I kinda mindlessly clicked on the story w out really reading, so when I was scrolling through, at first I was like “man I’d never eat this stuff” and then I was like “that actually looks pretty good” and I clicked on the link and saw it was for animals and I am a mess.

      • Thats the exact one that got me. And I am still 70% going to make ’em to see if there is a delicious spark. Ohgod typing this out, guys I think I need help.

  4. Kat

    Wow. I was just talking with my girlfriend an hour ago about how we may need to start making treats for our dog cause everything seems to upset his stomach. (Might help if he stopped eating all the things he finds outside too…he found pizza in a plant yesterday) You guys are seriously mind readers.

  5. I feel like this won’t work because:
    Cat bed = Not interested
    My bed = Cat bed
    Cat toy = Not interested
    Literally anything I don’t want touched = Cat toy

    Thus,
    Cat treat = Probably not interested
    My food = Cat treat

    • There is so much truth to this cat logic. Especially if there’s anything resembling fish in my meal. Or anything that involves use of a can opener, for that matter…

  6. Rhi

    Ooooh. I’m going to make some of those dog biscuits for my ratties…

  7. Tuna and salmon treats are delicious, according to my dogs, but my recipes are lower in grain products and higher in egg + fish than these cat treats. (“That’s salmon?! Right, what do you want me to do? I’m here. I’m so here for you.”) Also yields a softer treat that must be kept in the fridge/freezer, but is more appropriate for longer training sessions when you don’t want them to choke on dry crumbs from getting lots of harder treats. Mackerel also works, and is usually cheaper but a little more potent…

    Also. People who are thinking about eating dog treats. I have tasted the ones I make. Not bad, particularly if you are hungry and still waiting for your dinner, but not winning any awards, either.

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