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Beyond Catnip and Jerky – Recipes for Pets

The move to eat healthier has extended beyond the human realm! Who doesn’t want to treat our four-legged-best-friends to the best possible foods? Check out these simple, nutritious AND delicious treats and meals you can make for your dogs and cats.

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

This recipe is posted on a popular human recipe website, Damn Delicious, so it only stands to reason that it would be of the highest pooch quality, too! With ingredients like pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and eggs, you know you are feeding your dog the very best!

Homemade Dog Food via Instant Pot

If you’re looking for more than an occasional treat to improve your dog’s diet but are put off by the effort involved in making homemade dog food, check out this easy Instant Pot way to cook for your canine from Southern Bytes

Ingredients include ground meat, frozen veggies, rice or sweet potatoes, and bone broth. Throw it all in the pressure cooker and cook for seven minutes! The food can be refrigerated for up to a week or freeze some of it for later use.

Dos and Don’ts of Cooking for your Dog

Once you start making homemade meals for your dog, chances are you’ll want to change things up from time to time. That’s great, especially since adding different veggies, grains, or even fruits will diversify the diet. But you need to make sure you don’t add ingredients that may be harmful to your dog.

For a complete overview of foods to avoid, the AKC offers expert nutritional advice. You will want to beware of potentially toxic ingredients including chocolate, xylitol, avocado, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, and macadamia nuts.

Recipe Generator for Dogs and Cats

One of the biggest drawbacks to making your own pet food is that you may end up with nutritionally unbalanced meals. Check out the Balance IT recipe generator with hundreds of nutritionally-balanced recipes for both dogs and cats! 

From a list of safe ingredients, pick a couple to start with, and the Auto Balancer will calculate nutritionally-sound recipes for your dog or cat! You’ll get accurate proportions of protein, fats, grains, fruits and veggies. Remember, you should always consult with your vet before starting any new feeding plan.

Gourmet Meals for Cats

Cats can be notoriously finicky, so what better way to coax them to the food bowl than by serving a home-cooked meal? Web-MD for Pets cautions that you need to be sure you include ALL the necessary minerals and vitamins—which will require adding a scoop of supplement. MSPCA-Angell’s recipe for cooked chicken, rice, and sweet potato includes the proper measurements of each ingredient.

Treats for Cats!

If you’re looking for a way to drive your cat wild, look no further than these homemade salmon cat treats! Made with only three ingredients—salmon, egg, and flour—you can treat your feline friends to this healthy version of Goldfish snack crackers!

Modern Cat offers this recipe for Organic Chicken Treats with optional catnip! Made only from the same ingredients you would use in preparing food for yourself, you know you are giving your cat only the best.

Pets Love Life at Colliers Hill!

Pets are part of the family, too, and they will enjoy your new home at the master-planned community of Colliers Hill as much as you do! Check out the many amenities in the master-planned community, and the beautiful model homes from Richmond American Homes and Century Communities – and soon, K B Home paired offerings. It’s a great time to buy with rates so low – and lots of possibilities from the high $300s.