With the holidays right around the corner and plans for baking goodies for friends and family on your mind, why not bake some treats for the kitties (and doggies) in your life?
Fish-tive Holiday Pretzels/Cookies (PetPlace.com)
3/4 cup canned tuna or salmon, drained well
1/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup whole-wheat flour
Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium size bowl, mash canned fish well with a fork and combine with water and butter. Add flour to form a dough. Divide dough into 24 pieces, roll each piece into a rope, and shape into a pretzel. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned. Allow to cool. Recipe makes two dozen pretzels.
Note: dough can also be rolled out and shaped with cookie cutters before placing on baking sheets.
Holiday Cheese Balls (PetPlace.com)
2 tablespoons soft margarine
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 egg white
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp catnip
Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine margarine, cheese, catnip and egg white. Add flour to make a soft dough. Separate dough into half-inch pieces and roll into balls. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 35 minutes. Allow to cool. Recipe makes about 12 balls.
* 6 ounces undrained tuna
* 1 cup cornmeal
* 1 cup flour
* 1/3 cup water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Measure all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into treat sized pieces. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool.
And remember: DO NOT add any spices or herbs to cat treat recipes! Some seasonings, like onions, are poisonous to cats; plus, cats do not need high salt foods.