Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Big Question...Do We Make Homemade Cat Treats?

When we shop for biscuit ingredients, we tend to stand out at the checkout counter as we line the moving belt with endless jars of Skippy Natural peanut butter, bags upon bags of flour, a half dozen containers of baking powder, huge bags of Nestle white chips and several jumbo sized Quaker Oats. To us, it's no big deal. We're used to it. Baking biscuits has become such a huge part of our life. It's the norm. For onlookers, not so much.

Most of the time, the cashier starts dishing out a slew of comments. Then, the people behind us chime in. Sometimes, the customer ahead of us, who's still situating their bags, purses and responding to text messages, will throw in their two cents.

"Someoneeeeeeeee is doing some baking, huh?"

"You must really love to bake."

"Are you baking for an army?"

"You must work at a bakery."

The list goes on.

Once the comments simmer down, I make a conversational announcement that we use these ingredients to make homemade dog biscuits. I try to make eye contact with all involved. This is when things slide into phase two.

"You must have a lot of dogs."

"I bet your dog is really big if you need all that peanut butter and flour."


At this point, I smile and tell them a little about Bodacious Biscuit Love. The response has always been positive. People start telling us about their dogs and people they know who have rescued dogs. It's a good time for all.

Then...the BIG question bubbles up.

"Do you make homemade cat treats?"

No. We don't.

We've been asked this very question quite a bit. In the very beginning we thought about it and dove into a little homemade-cat-treat-research. We checked out dozens of recipes. However, the feline palate is quite different than the canine palate when it comes to treats. Most of the recipes we scoped out included ingredients like fish, chicken, and cheese. These are not ingredients we use. Our biscuit are meat, dairy and egg free.

The decision was made that we would not be making cat treats. This doesn't mean we don't like cats. We happen to love the feline species. In fact, we love all animals. When we have fundraisers for various shelters to stock 'em up with food and supplies, it includes all animals in need within the shelter. Whether it's cat litter or canned cat food, it's all included on our list. We even spread apple love to rescue horses. No animal is excluded. Ever.

If you are interested in homemade treats for your sweet feline, they're not difficult to make and, like with dog treats, the benefits of making your own are endless. You control the ingredients, they're not loaded with preservatives and it's easier on the wallet.

Here are some homemade cat treat recipes to get you started...

Homemade Organic Spinach and Chicken Cat Treats - PopSugar
DIY Cheese Treats, Chicken Treats, Catnip Crackers and Tuna Tidbits - Meoowzresq
Homemade Tuna Cat Treats - Budget Savvy Diva
Homemade Salmon Cat Treats - Miss Molly Says
Homemade Grain Free Cat Treats - eHow
Chewy Cat Treats - Pet Advisor
Cheesy Cat Treats - The Spiffy Cookie
Savory Cheese Bites and Chicken Biscuits - Pet360

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