Posted July 30, 2013 by Jennifer Kane in Pets

DIY pet treats: economical, easy and nutritious

A lot of households are struggling to uncover time to sit down with each other for a meal these days so it could appear funny that more people are producing time to bake treats for their pets. But pets are gaining status in the loved ones hierarchy, according to a Harris Interactive study. In truth, much more than 90 % of pet owners say their pets are an official member of the family members. Twenty-4 percent say they regularly cook especially for their pets.

Dedicated pet owners have been making treats for their furry buddies because the 1800s, according to Chef Noel Ridsdale, culinary academic director at The Art Institute of Tucson.

He adds that in the last five to seven years, the quantity of people creating pet treats has taken off. &ldquoThere are several motives for this, but I feel it is the attitude that people have taken with their pets. It appears that more than the previous 20 years or so, pets have nearly turn out to be an additional child in the residence. So with this adjust in behavior toward our pets, it only tends to make sense that we would now want to feed them far better.”

Value – both in cost and much better well being

Chef Ridsdale states that making pet treats at residence is both economical and wholesome.

&ldquoRecipes for these treats are not any different than meals for their human counterparts. Most recipes incorporate a protein, a vegetable and a bread. All of these ingredients are readily offered and are economical.&rdquo

Do-it-yourself recipes are accessible on trustworthy food databases including Allrecipes.com, food.com and AnimalPlanet.com – just be certain that the recipes have been tested by others prior to attempting them on your pet.

Chef Ridsdale cites additional, crucial reasons for creating treats at home. There have been much more than 20 recalls by pet food manufacturers since January, 2013, according to the FDA. And with elevated incidents of pet obesity, allergens and contaminants, understanding what&rsquos in pet food – and exactly where it&rsquos produced – is becoming increasingly important.

&ldquoWe want to ensure that our pets are acquiring the same level of food quality [that we are]. If a dog food is produced in China, we don&rsquot know for sure what standards are getting met. I would not want my pet eating some thing that may possibly make them sick,&rdquo states Ridsdale.
Chef Ridsdale&rsquos homemade cat treats


1 cup buckwheat or oat flour
1/two cup dried garbanzo beans, ground into flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
6 ounces tuna, salmon, or other meat
1/2 cup olive oil
1/two cup water


Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 13×9 pan with olive or canola oil. Cats can detect the taste of vegetable or corn oil, so do not use these.
1. Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl.
two. Mix tuna, egg and oil together at medium speed.
three. Slowly combine wet and dry ingredients.
4. Add sufficient water to develop a cake batter consistency.
5. Spread batter in pan evenly and bake for 1 hour.
7. Decrease oven temperature to 250 F and bake for 45-60 minutes much more.
8. Take away pan and slice into 1 inch squares but preserve treats in the pan until ready to serve.

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Jennifer Kane