Gourmet pet treats

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Shop-bought pet treats can be expensive and you’re not always sure exactly what their ingredients are. Regardless of what type of pet you have, there’s a homemade treat you can rustle up for them.

Savoury Cheese Treats – Cats

Ingredients
¾ cup white flour
¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
¼ cup plain yogurt or sour cream
¼ cup cornmeal

Method
Preheat the oven to 1800. Combine cheeses and yogurt and add flour and cornmeal. If needed, add a small amount of water to create a firm dough. Knead dough into a ball and roll to ¼ inch. Cut into one inch sized pieces and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Makes two dozen.

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Bunny biscuits

Ingredients
1 mashed banana
1 grated carrot
3 tablespoons oats

Method
Preheat oven to 1800. Mix all ingredients together, the juice from the banana and carrot will bind the mixture. Roll into bite sized balls, place on a greased baking tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes

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Fruit bake bird treats

Ingredients:
4 apples, cored and sliced
1½ cups shredded carrots
½ cup chopped nuts
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup dried banana chips
1 tablespoon wheat flour
1 egg (shells optional)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup fruit juice
3 tablespoons honey

Method
Preheat your oven to 1800 degrees. Arrange the apple slices in the bottom of a baking dish. Place the dried banana chips, raisins, carrots and nuts on top of the apples and set the dish aside.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the egg, vegetable oil, and fruit juice. Pour this mixture over the fruit and nut arrangement in the baking dish.

Sprinkle the wheat flour over the dish as evenly as possible. Next, drizzle the honey over the entire dish and place it in the oven.

Bake the dish for approximately 45 minutes. When done, allow it to cool to room temperature before serving it to your bird. Make sure to quickly pass along any leftovers to your bird-loving friends, as this recipe will only keep for a day or so in the refrigerator.

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