first OK cats String toys - Attach a feather to a piece of string or use a fishing pole or stick with fun creative lures at the end, such as bells or lights or maybe you have some red and green material around cut up strips like ribbon tie one set of ends together and attach to the pole they will love it .
or take a child's sock draw a face if you like red and green socks for the holidays perhaps. fill with more socks with holes that you might throw away ad cat nip tie with a ribbon snip the bottom to fray it some and you have a throw toy like those mice you buy in the store;
box toy take a box not to big but that your cat can sleep in put it on its side make 2 holes on top and put one end of string through one hole and other through the other and add a feather to on and a bell or something to the other. paint the box decorate ad a pillow or blanket cats love boxes you can even take an old pillow case or shirt and glue it all around the box to make it more attractive.
Dog toys Take an old shirt clean that still might some beautiful colors and draw a bone about a foot long
cut it out and then trace to make another sew to peices together and fill with socks or fiber fill. I always save old squeaky's from past toys and put one in.
Take a rope and tie a lot of knots through sections dogs love to tug with ropes. tie a decorative sock over a old water bottle, stuffed toys from yard sales, pets do not care how new and beautiful something is unlike kids they do not watch TV ads or compete with others as far as who has the best or newest. :) my dogs love socks they steel them all the time so i make toys with them they play with them more than store bought toys.
Here is a great treat recipe for dogs what you do is put the dry items in a burlap sack or material or holiday small baggy and tie a ribbon around them cut out a bone shape on paper and write the recipe below out roll it up and attach to the sack or use a card board bone shape and attach without rolling it up very cute lol.
Microwave Oatmeal balls
3/4 cup nonfat dry milk
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup quick oats
1/4 cup flaxseed's
1/4 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons low sodium beef bullion powder
not in bag you add
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup quick oats for coating
mix first six ingredients well
add the butter and egg and water mix until form ball of dough
spread second set of oats on bread board
form marble size pieces of dough into balls rolling each in the oats
place 12 balls on heavy duty paper plate (not Styrofoam)
microwave 50%power 4 to five minutes
let cool and store in air tight container
Peanut Butter-Honey Nut Cheerios Balls
1/4 cup natural peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
2 cups honey nut cheerios
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
Preheat the oven to 350
warm the peanut butter in the microwave for about 1 minute, until it's soft enough to mix with the other ingredients
add the rest of the ingredients to the peanut butter, mixing gently but thoroughly
form rounded teaspoons of the dough into balls, squeezing each ball in your hand to press it all together. this will reduce some crumbling during baking
place greased cookie sheets
bake for 8 to 10 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown
remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container
A fun tip, if you would like to make these ahead and bag them up for your doggie friends' basket you can use cookie cutters for fun Christmas shapes.
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In small bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.
In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter until combined. Using a rubber spatula mix in the flour mixture until combined.
Transfer to a lightly floured work surface and roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle. Cut mixture using a canine-themed cookie cutter and place on a prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove to cooling racks and let cool thoroughly, about 2 hours. They will harden as they cool.
Here is a fun customize yourself recipe with no eggs included or you can do like mine above and substitute pumpkin and peanut butter for other items.
- 2 cups wheat flour or rolled oats, or a mixture of both
- 8ozs or (1 cup) of wet pureed or mashed food safe for dogs like carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, peanut butter or mix a couple together. (mashed banana and unsweetened applesauce are wonderful together),also (apple sauce and peanut butter are great together or pumpkin and peanut butter) (pureed carrots and green beans or sweet potato and green beans are great as well)
bake 350 for 25 min
How about a frosting for your cooled off treats
for 30 dog biscuits use a 6-ounce container of plain no flavor yogurt (organic is best of course) .
Add 2 tablespoons of honey or sugar-free peanut butter.
mix the ingredients until they are smooth, spread the frosting on the dog biscuits, or simply dip the biscuits into the frosting.
frosting will harden, place the coated dog biscuits into the refrigerator and leave them for 45 minutes. if your dog is picky and needs them at room temp take a few out and leave until they are at room temp , put un-eaten in the fridge they will stay hard at room temp but you really should keep yogurt frosting refrigerated.
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