Are you feline festive yet? With Christmas around the corner, you’re probably busy preparing for the big day. When you think of Christmas, one of the first things that come to mind is probably the delicious food and drink.
Don’t forget about your furbabies! With these scrumptious Christmas treats for dogs and cats, your pets won’t be left out of the feasting. After all, what would the festive season be without all the yummies?
We’ve put together some totally furbulous recipes for Christmas treats for dogs and cats that they will love.
DOG CHRISTMAS TREAT RECIPES
You’ve probably already got your doggo a gift under the tree, but thanks to these dog Christmas treat recipes, you can spoil them with snacks too. After all, the way to a dog’s heart is through their stomach!
Gingerbread Cookies for Dogs
Is it even Christmas if you haven’t had any gingerbread?! This doggie treat recipe homemade with love and enjoyed by the fire will be the purrrfect festive activity.
1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
1 ½ cup oat flour (made from rolled oats)
1 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground clove
Pinch of allspice
1/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp coconut oil
OPTIONAL: carob chips for gingerbread eyes and buttons
1. Preheat your oven to 350º
2. Combine the flours, baking powder, and spices in a bowl and mix to combine.
3. Add the molasses and applesauce and mix to combine.
4. Add the egg, vanilla, and coconut oil and combine, adding more flour if necessary.
5. Roll out gingerbread and cut into gingerbread men or your choice of shapes.
6. Bake at 350º for 20 minutes or until they start getting golden around the edges.
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
We can’t think of a better combo for our doggos! They are sure to be a favorite amongst your furbabies.
2 ½ cup whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
½ cup canned natural pumpkin
½ Tsp. Cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Mix the flour, salt, peanut butter, eggs, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Add water if needed.
4. Roll out the dough and cut the cookies out.
5. Bake for 30 minutes, until hard.
No doubt your pups will be howlin’ with joy over their Christmas yummies! The festive season brings so much excitement for pet owners, but we also need to make sure we’re keeping our pets safe. Read some top tips on holiday safety here.
Christmas has to be our cats’ favorite holiday. Why? The Christmas tree, of course! Perhaps these Christmas cat treats will help distract your kitty from total Christmas tree destruction. If all else fails, make sure to check out our cat-proof Christmas tree tips here.
Christmas Dinner Kitty Muffins
This has to be one of our favorite homemade cat treats, and we’re sure your floof will find them purrrfectly delicious.
170g plain turkey or beef, cooked
1 large carrot
20g frozen peas, defrosted
1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan. Meanwhile, cut or shred the pre-cooked meat into small pieces and set aside.
2. Boil some water in a pan, as you peel the carrot and cut it into small pieces. Then cook for a few minutes until tender. Remove from heat.
3. Lightly whisk the eggs in a bowl, then add in the meat and vegetables. Stir thoroughly to ensure the ingredients are well mixed.
4. Using a muffin tray, carefully spoon the mix into each section until about three-quarters full. For an extra festive feel, put your mix into a Christmas-shaped mold, like a snowman or star.
5. Place the muffins in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until cooked through, and a skewer poked into their center comes out clean. Leave to cool, then let your cat enjoy one. The rest will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for several days.
Tuna & Catnip Bites
These biscuits will have your kitty feeling festive! Another delicious homemade cat treat that is simply a-meow-zing.
1 can tuna in oil, drained
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup water
Dash of catnip
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Place all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until a dough forms. If the dough is sticky, add a bit more flour. If too dry, add a tablespoon of water.
3. Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with small cookie cutters.
4. Place on a baking sheet, bake in the oven for 20 minutes until browned.
While we love to spoil our pets with delicious nibbles, don’t forget that not everything we eat is good for our furbabies. We’ve put together a list of human foods that are poisonous for dogs and cats here.