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How to Make Tasty Homemade Treats for your Animal

Friday June 17th 2016

It’s true that most pet food these days is carefully designed to offer your animal the most health benefits without compromising on taste.

But there’s still something special about making your own treats at home for your pet.

Not only is it a great way to reward them by serving up something tasty, but it can also be a great way to give him or her a nutritional boost.

That’s because you can choose the freshest ingredients rather than simply using food straight from the tin. What’s more, you can also tailor your treats to your animal’s tastes, choosing only the things you know they’ll love.

However, it’s important to ensure you don’t over-feed your pet, or add extra ingredients like sugar or salt to your homemade food.

With all this in mind, we’ve sought out some of the best homemade food recipes to help your satisfy your pet, whether you’re a cat, dog or rabbit owner - or all three.

Feline Food

Cats need a well-balanced diet made up from a range of food groups that help them to stay healthy and strong.

Cats love meat, and are well known to have particular soft spot for fish. This recipe should help to satisfy their craving, while also giving them a dose of those all-important nutrients.

All you need to do is bung a tin of mackerel, tablespoon of cooked brown rice and a tablespoon of chicken stock into a food processor and spin until it’s all mixed together.

Then pop the mixture into your cat’s favourite bowl and leave them to enjoy.

Doggy Dishes

All dogs need to enjoy a healthy diet that’s suitable for their size, weight, breed and lifestyle.

That means it’s important to adjust the food you give your dog to make sure they don’t become under or overweight.

As with other animals, many of the foods we eat can actually be poisonous to dogs, such as onions and chocolate. Always check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s food or general health.

One quick, easy and delicious meal that your dog is pretty much guaranteed to enjoy is beef stew.

You’ll need to cook up about a pound of beef and half a cup each of diced sweet potato, carrots and green beans.

Once all the ingredients have become tender, leave to cool before serving up.

Rabbit Rations

The main staple of a rabbit’s diet is hay, and it’s important to give them a bundle each day to chow down on.

On top of that, it’s also advisable to feed your bunny around five or six different types of leafy greens every day, such as broccoli, kale and parsley.

The RSPCA recommends introducing new types of greens gradually in small to amounts to avoid the risk of your rabbit developing an upset stomach.

And while it’s true that rabbits do enjoy carrots, these high-sugar root vegetables should only be given occasionally in treats such as the following.

Blend two small banana and carrots together until smooth before adding a mixture of around 40g of rolled oats and 40g rabbit pellets.

Dish up the mixture into small balls on a baking tray before cooking in the oven for around 30 minutes.

This makes a great healthy snack for your rabbit to chew on alongside their regular food.

This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers pet insurance.