Walk through any pet supply store and you’ll see endless varieties of dog treats and cat treats.
There are those generic dog biscuits that have been around for decades, the organic brands that use all-natural products and of course those pouches of tiny little cat treats that claim your cat will come running after one shake (which they usually do).
But what if you have a finicky pet? What if your beloved four-legged friend is on a special diet?
With just a few ingredients, you can make your pet tasty treats right in your own kitchen!
Whether you’re looking for a way to celebrate your dog’s birthday or want to give your cat a special reward, here are our 15 favorite homemade pet treats for your furry friends.
Is It Better To Buy Pet Treats or Make Them Yourself?
It takes almost no effort to go online and order an assortment of pet treats to be delivered straight to your door.
They’re fairly inexpensive. They’re typically delivered within a day or two. And there are tons of options out there, so you can buy a few varieties to see which type your pet likes best.
But if you’re concerned about feeding your pet healthy treats, you’ll need to spend some extra time reading through all of those ingredients.
And we think our fur babies deserve better than pre-packaged treats that have been sitting on store shelves or in warehouses for weeks.
You’ll know exactly what’s in them. You can be sure they don’t include any nasty preservatives. And, you can tailor them to your pet’s favorite flavor profiles! (Just think of foods they try to eat off your plate, and your homemade goodies are sure to be a hit.)
Here are our fifteen favorite recipes that dog lovers and cat lovers can make at home in a matter of minutes.
Homemade Dog Treats
From peanut butter and apples to carrots and pumpkins, these dog treat recipes include all sorts of yummy ingredients that are perfectly safe and undeniably tasty.
Just keep in mind, some recipes call for certain types of flour. Depending on your dog’s allergies and dietary needs, you can always substitute all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, rice flour or oat flour.
Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Most dogs we know love peanut butter, so it’s only natural to reward your doggie with peanut butter treats.
Just make sure you use NATURAL peanut butter. Kinds of peanut butter that aren’t natural may include xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.
To make these treats, you need to make a dough of flour, baking powder, peanut butter, water, honey and egg. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough, cut them to your desired shape and bake in the oven, just as you would make your favorite human cookies.
Make a big batch, store them in an airtight container, and your pup will have treats for weeks!
See the complete recipe at The Cookie Rookie
Frozen Peanut Butter and Banana Cups
Does your pup flip for frozen treats? If so, try making these frozen banana and peanut butter dog treats!
These frozen peanut butter cups only require two ingredients, so they’re super simple to make.
Simply peel, slice and freeze bananas. Then, blend them in a food processor and add some peanut butter. Once it’s all mixed together, put them in small cups and freeze them. Once they’re solid, they’re ready to serve.
Since you know exactly what’s in them, you might even want to taste them yourself!
See the complete recipe at Live, Love and Sugar
Spinach, Carrot and Zucchini Bones
Filled with healthy veggies and tasty flavors like pumpkin and peanut butter, these dog cookies are a great way to treat your precious pooch.
This recipe includes a decent amount of ingredients and takes about 25 minutes to prep, but dogs really seem to love them! These veggie treats help you feel good knowing that you’re giving them nothing but healthy, natural ingredients.
You’ll need natural peanut butter, pumpkin puree, eggs, oats and whole wheat flour. In addition, you’ll need to chop some spinach and shred a carrot and zucchini.
You’ll also need a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat, and you’ll need to get your hands messy kneading dough. But when you see the look on your dog’s face, it will be worth it!
See the complete recipe at Damn Delicious
Frozen Yogurt and Apple Treats
Spoil your pup with a frozen yummy treat made from yogurt and apple popsicles. They’re super easy to make and only require three ingredients: apples, plain Greek yogurt and water.
Just blend the ingredients until they’re liquid, pour them into little cups or an ice cube tray and pop them in the freezer for a few hours. Be sure to serve them to your dog directly from the freezer each time — if you let them sit at room temperature for more than a few minutes, they will melt.
See the complete recipe at Irresistible Pets
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Bacon and Cheddar Bones
There’s no question that dogs love bacon. But instead of giving your pup those store-bought treats shaped like real pieces of bacon, why not give him the real thing?
These yummy done bones are made from natural ingredients, including rolled oats, shredded cheese, crumbled bacon bits and eggs. With a food processor, a cookie cutter and a baking sheet, you can bake these homemade treats for your dog in as little as 20 minutes.
Just be sure to let them cool completely before feeding them to your pup.
See the complete recipe at Good Housekeeping
If you have a donut pan at home, we highly recommend making these doggie donuts for your pooch!
They’re a healthy and tasty treat made with flour, oats, eggs, peanut butter and a bit of coconut oil. Greek yogurt and bacon bits make the tops look like they’re covered in real vanilla frosting with sprinkles.
Just be sure that the other humans in your home know that these are intended to be dog food, not people food. They look so much like the real thing it can be hard to tell the difference.
See the complete recipe at Sunny Day Family
Puppy Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin dog treats are the perfect way to celebrate the fall holidays with your dog.
Those tasty fall flavors of pumpkin and cinnamon are the key ingredients. Just combine with egg and whole wheat flour, roll out the dough and cut them with your favorite cookie cutters.
When baked properly, they come out nice and crispy — perfect for the dog who loves a crunchy snack!
See the complete recipe at My GBGV Life
Sweet Potato Fries
These sweet potato fries are a must for the pooch who always tries to snag the taters off your plate! Just cut your sweet potatoes into long rectangles, coat them with coconut oil and cinnamon and bake them in the oven. It’s as simple as that.
See the complete recipe at Beagles & Bargains
Frozen Watermelon Popsicles
Dogs wear fur coats all year round, so it’s really easy for them to overheat in the summer. This easy recipe is a great way to treat them and help them cool down.
This recipe requires nothing more than seedless watermelon and coconut milk. Just blend the ingredients and freeze the mixture in popsicle trays in whatever shape you like.
See the complete recipe at grrfeisty
Apple and Carrot Dog Treats
If you’re looking for a simple recipe that your dog will love, make them these easy apple and carrot treats.
Combine shredded apples, shredded carrots, flour and a cup of chicken broth. Roll out your dough, grab your favorite cookie cutter, and bake them for about ten minutes in the oven.
The end result? Delicious dog treats made from nothing but healthy ingredients!
See the complete recipe at Communikait
Homemade Cat Treats
From chicken to cheese curls, we’ve known (and had) cats over the years that would eat just about anything! But the best way to keep your cat healthy and happy is to feed them natural, unprocessed foods. Make your kitty a batch of these homemade treats, and you’re sure to get lots of meows and ankle rubs.
Cheese and Yogurt Treats
Grated cheese, plain non-fat yogurt and whole wheat flour are the key ingredients in these chewy treats. Add a bit of cornmeal and water to create a workable dough, roll them out and bake them in the oven in bite-sized pieces.
See the complete recipe at CowboyWay
Salmon and Catnip Crunchies
If you’ve ever had a cat, you know that food is about the only thing that will snap them out of a nap and get them to come running. And since these salmon crunchies include catnip, that’s almost a guarantee.
These tasty little treats include oat flour, pink salmon, olive oil, egg and catnip. They’re incredibly easy to make (you just roll up little balls of dough and bake them like cookies).
If your cat isn’t a salmon fan, you can substitute it with tuna or chicken.
See the complete recipe at Joy The Baker
Puffy Tuna Treats
Does your kitty go crazy every time you open a can of tuna or bake a piece of fish? Reward them for good behavior with these puffy tuna treats.
What’s great about these treats is that you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry already. A can of tuna, a bit of flour, an egg, and water are the key ingredients here — all you need is a baking sheet and a small round object (like a water bottle cap) to cut the dough into bite-sized pieces.
See the complete recipe at Mess for Less
Salmon, egg, and flour are all it takes to make these little treats for your kitty cat. Just chop your ingredients in a food processor, use that Kitchenaid mixer on your counter to create the dough, and punch them out in your desired shape.
They only take about 20 minutes in the oven — just let them cool before feeding to your kitty.
See the complete recipe at The Cookie Rookie
There’s a reason why some cat food companies make wet foods, especially for “gravy lovers.” It’s because CATS. LOVE. GRAVY.
But if you don’t love the idea of feeding your cat that gelatinous “gravy” that comes in pre-packaged wet food, there’s an easy way to make a healthier version at home.
With chicken breast, chicken broth, and carrots, you can whip up a healthy homemade kitty gravy that you can use to top all sorts of food — including the dry food that they’re probably bored with.
See the complete recipe at Purrfect n’ Pawesome
Is it Easy to Make Pet Treats at Home?
With some basic baking supplies, making homemade treats for your dog or cat is as easy as whipping up a batch of cookies for yourself or your kids!
And, no matter what recipe you choose, don’t forget to add the special ingredient that dogs and can’t simply can’t resist: an extra dose of love!
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The 15 Best Homemade Pet Treats:
- Peanut Butter Dog Treats
- Frozen Peanut Butter and Banana Cups
- Spinach, Carrot, and Zucchini Bones
- Frozen Yogurt and Apples
- Bacon and Cheddar Bones
- Doggie Donuts
- Puppy Pumpkin Cookies
- Sweet Potato Fries
- Frozen Watermelon Popsicles
- Apple & Carrot Dog Treats
- Cheese and Yogurt Treats
- Chicken and Catnip Crunchies
- Puffy Tuna Treats
- Salmon Cookies
- Kitty Gravy