Animals & Pets Halloween Holiday

Homemade Halloween Pet Treat Recipes For Dogs & Cats

Bulldog Dressed In A Clown Costume

“Hey! What’s a guy gotta do around here to get a Pup-kin Ball?”

When it comes to trick-or-treating, everyone wants in on the Halloween fun. That includes your pets.

One way to include your pets in your All Hallow’s Eve festivities is to dress them up in an adorable pet costume. But if your pets aren’t the dress up type, here’s another great option: pet treats!

These homemade Halloween pet treat recipes for dogs and cats use simple ingredients, are easy to whip up, and taste great (judging by all the “arfs” and “meows” we get 🙂 ).

Feed them to your own pets, add them to dog and cat Halloween treat bags, or even hand them out at the door to trick-or-treaters who bring their pets along.

With these easy pet treat recipes, you won’t have to spend a ton of time in the kitchen, but you certainly can if you want. So grab the kids and let’s get started making some tasty treats for their favorite four-legged friends

Halloween Dog Treat Recipes: Healthy Pup-kin Balls

With a clever play on words, these healthy Halloween Pup-kin Balls are both nutritious and delicious. They are loaded with goodness, including vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, iron, and fiber.

Here’s how to make them…

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 4 tbsp of water
  • 4 tbsp of molasses
  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • ¼ tsp of baking powder
  • ¼ tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon (optional)

Directions

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water in a large bowl. Mix well.
  3. In a second bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  4. Combine the two bowls and stir all ingredients together until the dough softens.
  5. Get your hands slightly wet. Then, take small amounts of the dough and roll it into small balls in the palm of your hand.
  6. Place each ball of dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  7. Use a fork to flatten the dough balls. If you want to add a little style to your Pup-kin balls, use these to turn your treats into delectable doggy shapes.
  8. Place in oven and bake approximately 25 minutes until dough is crispy and browned.

That’s it! We told you it was easy! 🙂

Additional Comments:

When making these fun treats for your pets, always keep any allergies they have in mind. If you’re unsure about a specific ingredient, ask your vet or simply omit that ingredient from the recipe. There’s almost always another alternative you can use.

If your dog is a picky eater, try doing a small test batch first. That way, you don’t risk wasting a whole batch of ingredients on a treat your dog won’t eat.

Storage Tips:

Use an airtight container and keep any left-overs in the freezer. When frozen, your pet treats can last up to 6 months. Just make sure to thaw them for 10-20 minutes before feeding them to your dog the next time he barks for a Pup-kin Ball!

Halloween Cat Treat Recipes: Tuna Catnip Kitty Treats

Now it’s time to focus on your furry feline. Here’s what you’ll need to get started…

Ingredients

  • 1 5oz. can of no salt added tuna, packed in water and drained
  • 1 cup of old-fashioned oat flour (Helpful tip: you can easily make your own oat flour by taking old-fashioned oats and grinding them into a soft powder inside a spice grinder)
  • 1 egg (bigger is better)
  • 1 tbs. of olive oil
  • 1 tbs. of dried catnip, heaping

Directions

  1. If it’s not already there, move your oven rack to the upper third section of your oven.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set it aside. Alternatively, you can use this to make your treats paws-itively perfect!
  3. In a food processor, combine the tuna, oat flour, catnip, olive oil, and egg. Continue blending until you have a nice, smooth dough. How do you know when the dough is ready? It should be thick and pliable, but not too sticky.
  4. Take ½ teaspoon of dough at a time and roll it into a ball. Place the balls on the parchment-lined cookie sheet. Use a toothpick to press an X into each dough ball to help the treats cook more evenly.
  5. Place the cat treats in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Bake until they are dry on top and lightly browned.

Additional Comments

Once out of the oven, be sure to let the treats cool completely before feeding them to your kitty. If you have a countertop jumper, you may need to put the treats away to cool. That way your kitty won’t be tempted to chow down too early.

Storage Tips:

These Halloween cat treats can be kept in the refrigerator. Just be sure to use an airtight container. They will last for up to 7 days.

We hope you and your family will enjoy making these homemade pet treat recipes just as much as your cats and dogs will enjoy eating them this Halloween! Have fun!

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