Spoiling your pet does not mean you have to spend the big bucks on rhinestone doggie fashions and diva cat beds.
We spoil our pets by baking them homemade dog treats and making kooky catnip bubbles.
We call the dog treats “disappearing treats” because, with Striker and Max, they never last long. With a few simple ingredients you, too, can bake up these treats at a fraction of the retail price.
Heidi, however, reaches Kitty Nirvana with our kooky homemade catnip bubbles. Heidi loves jumping and catching soap bubbles, and, with the added scent of catnip, she keeps busy for hours.
Catnip bubbles are easy to make and, by making them yourself, you will save tons of money even as you keep your cat friends happy all day.
Disappearing Dog Treats
3/4 cup hot water
5 tablespoons margarine
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg beaten
3 cups whole-wheat flour
Place the margarine in a large bowl. Pour the hot water over the margarine. Stir in powered milk, salt and egg. Add flour, one-half cup at a time.
Knead the mixture for a few minutes to form a stiff dough. Pat or roll the dough to one-half inch thickness. (Flour your rolling pin as needed.) Using a bone-shaped cookie cutter, cut into bone shapes.
Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool on a rack. This recipe will make just over 1 pound of treats. Allow the treats to dry out hard and then store in a container with a tight-fitting lid.
You can make training treats by using little scoops of dough and cutting the baking time in half.
Kooky Catnip Bubbles
1 small bottle of non-toxic bubbles
Catnip essential oil
Add a few drops of the catnip essential oil to the bubble solution. You can add more or less drops depending on your cat’s reaction.
I suggest testing the bubbles on your cat by blowing them into the air and looking to see your cat’s reaction.
If your cat reacts, then you have your recipe is complete. If not add a few more drops until you notice a reaction.
Each cat is different so play with the amount of oil until you get the right mixture for your cat.
Tip: You can purchase catnip essential oil at health food stores and online.