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National Cook For Your Pets Day

Jessica Li, Editor/Journalist

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Have you ever thought about what kind of treats your pets may want to eat? Well, November 1st is a chance for you to change that. National Cook For Your Pets Day is a day to help your pets eat healthy, organic snacks that you make! But before you start making some of these recipes, ask your veterinarian to help you find the perfect ingredients for your pet(s). Safety first!

Make sure to check your pet(s) for any sort of allergy for these foods. Once again, please speak with your veterinarian for help BEFORE trying any of these recipes.

RECIPES FOR DOGS:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cups white rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions. Then set it aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the ground turkey and cook it until its browned (about 3-5 minutes). Make sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks.
  3. Stir in the spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas, and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through (about 3-5 minutes).
  4. Let it cool completely.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups of rice

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place the water, ground turkey, rice, and rosemary into a large Dutch oven.
  2. Stir until the ground turkey is broken up and evenly distributed throughout the mixture; bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Add the frozen vegetables, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool. Refrigerate until you use it.

 

RECIPES FOR CATS:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 3 tablespoons cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated veggies (baked carrots, steamed asparagus or broccoli, green beans, winter squash, or chopped greens.)

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix together the milk powder with a small amount of water.
  2. Add the eggs and beat well.
  3. Pour the mixture into a small non-stick frying pan and cook on medium-low heat until done.
  4. Flip over like a pancake and spread the cottage cheese and veggies over half of the cooked surface. Fold like an omelet. Cool and cut to bite-sized pieces to serve.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 whole chicken (preferably “free range” or packaged with “no hormones or antibiotics” on the label)
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 6 stalks celery
  • 8 carrots (scrubbed but not peeled)
  • 2 or 3 yellow squash
  • 2 or 3 zucchini
  • 1 small broccoli crown
  • handful of green beans

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Wash the chicken, then cover it with water in a large stew pot.
  2. Cut all the vegetables into pieces and add them to the pot.
  3. Add rice.
  4. Cook until the chicken almost falls off the bone and vegetables are tender.
  5. Completely debone the chicken. This is extremely important, as cooked chicken bones can splinter and cause serious intestinal damage.
  6. Pour the stew into a blender and blend or chop until mixture is coarse (about bite-sized).
  7. Freeze in meal-sized plastic bags.

 

RECIPES FOR RABBITS:

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup dry oatmeal
  • ½ cup wheat flour
  • ½ cup ground carrots
  • ½ cup water

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add the dry oatmeal, flour, ground carrots, and water in a bowl. Then, mix until smooth.
  2. Roll the dough into small balls, about the size of quarter, and place them on a greased or no-stick cooking sheet. Bake at 350 °F (177 °C) for 15 minutes.
  3. Carrot cookies should cool for about an hour before feeding them to your rabbit. Refrigerate any extra cookies.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pureed carrot
  • ½ mashed banana
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ cup rabbit pellets
  • ¼ cup oatmeal

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Using a coffee grinder or blender, grind the rabbit pellets and oatmeal into a fine powder.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix. Then, knead the dough with your hands for about one to two minutes.
  3. Roll the dough into 1/4 inch layers between plastic wrap. Then, use cookie cutters to cut them into cookies or simply cut the dough into squares. Choose somewhat smaller cookie cutters, as bigger cookies might be too much for a rabbit.
  4. Bake at 325 °F (163 °C) for 30 minutes. Then turn off the heat and allow the cookies to sit in the warm oven for about an hour. Refrigerate extras.

 

RECIPES FOR GUINEA PIGS:

INGREDIENTS:

  • ⅛ cup guinea pig pellets
  • ⅛ cup water
  • ⅛ cup oat flour
  • ⅛ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon honey

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in one bowl to create dough.
  2. Use a cookie cutter to make shapes.
  3. Put your shapes on a cookie sheet and bake them in the oven for 15 minutes at around 350 degrees.
  4. Let them cool and serve.

RECIPES FOR BIRDS:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 lb. suet or lard
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 cups sunflower seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups millet
  • 1 cup dried fruit

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pour the melted suet and peanut butter over the sunflower seeds, millet, and dried fruit. Mix well.
  2. Spoon the mixture into a shallow baking dish and place it in your freezer for a few hours.
  3. When the mixture has frozen completely, use a sharp knife to cut it down into individual suet cakes.
  4. Place a cake into a suet cake cage and hang outside.

Please be sure not to make too much in the beginning, in case your pet(s) do not like the recipe. Thank you, and we hope your pet(s) enjoy these hearty meals!

 

Sites:

National Cook For Your Pets Day 2018 — November 1

DIY Homemade Dog Food

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/140286/homemade-dog-food/

https://www.thesprucepets.com/homemade-cat-food-recipes-551946

http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/5-vegetables/

https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Rabbit-Treats

https://www.cuteness.com/article/guinea-pig-treats

https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/homemade-suet-cakes

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