Monday, 8 January 2018

{RECIPE} "Cat Poo" Poop Emoji Dog Treats

What? Poo??? Shudder... As much as my little darlings are beyond well fed, they still have a disturbing longing for their cat brother's litter box. Fortunately, they are big dogs that can be blocked/barriered without obstructing poor Tiger's access to the facilities. Strictly cats only! Ick. Santa Paws laughingly tucked a poop emoji cookie cutter under the tree in my Christmas stocking (the elves mush have been reading our gift idea post), and I joked that the dogs would be eagerly awaiting cat poo treats.  Little did the family suspect I might actually be (almost) serious. Hehe.

Now, before you get too concerned about what on earth I've concocted for this post, I'm fairly crazy with my treat making, but not THAT crazy. These "cat poo" treats include cat bickies in the dough for an absolutely stinky treat that our dogs went wild for. Me, not so much! How is it that cat food, no matter what the brand/quality, always seems to smell horrific? Blend that up and bake it, and oh my! The stink of these treats baking was terrible.  All the windows were wide open (heaven knows what the neighbours thought), the oven needed some fan forced purging afterwards, and I couldn't bring myself to dehydrate these treats. The dogs on the other hand thought it was amazing. Oli almost dehydrated himself guarding the oven! Taste testing was a doggone droolfest.

Will I make them again, probably not (unless smell amnesia sets in!) but they are a very funny novelty treat idea if you're brave enough to try!  Maybe they'd be a little less stinky with dog bickies. Hmmm. In any case, they dogs LOVED them, but I think I'll stick with slightly more conventional ingredients for our future poo cookies. After all, one of the main reasons that I make my own treats is so that I know exactly what is in them. :) 

{RECIPE} "Cat Poo" Poop Emoji Dog Treats

1/2 cup of homemade (or ready-made unsalted unseasoned) stock*
1/2 cup cat biscuits
1 egg
1 tbsp melted butter or olive oil (optional)
3 tbsp ground flax (optional)
Approximately 1 cup of rice flour

Preheat over to 180C. Combine the cat biscuits and stock, then allow to soak until the cat biscuits become soft. Puree until smooth. Pour into a mixing bowl and combine with egg, butter/oil, and flax. Incrementally add flour until the dough has a nice workable play-dough like consistency. Flour quantity will depending your individual ingredients and options, so work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of additional water/stock to adjust. Rest dough (optional).  Roll, cut, place on a prepared baking tray, and bake for approximately 10 minutes.  Cooking time will vary with size and thickness, so keep an eye on the oven.  Cool before storage and serving.

Shapes are optional, of course. I added a few funny faces to my poop emoji treats - because if you are already making crazy treats, might as well go all in!  I used different shaped cat and dog biscuits as well as the curved part of a spoon, flat side of a knife, circle plunger, and a skewer to create impressions for faces. My poop emoji cookie cutter is metal (thank goodness, because it definitely got a good hard scrub after these!) and plain/open, but there are also cutters that come with a traced face pattern to make a full poop emoji face impression in the cookie. 

Tips and Tricks:

  • Work in a well-ventilated area. These are super stinky treats...but my dogs firmly believe that stinky is delicious!  These are best baked on a day when you can open a few windows. Hehe. :) As noted in our post on keeping a (mostly) clean pet-friendly home,  if you're a coffee fan, popping your used coffee grounds into the still-warm cooling oven after your stinky treats are baked really does help and they're still good-to-go for your garden/compost afterwards. 
  • I used chicken stock for these treasts. My go to stock for dog treats is simple unseasoned broth saved from preparing homemade food. It can be VERY hard to source ready-made unsalted and unseasoned stock, and it's super easy to make your own (and budget friendly too!).  
  • These treats should be frozen for longer storage, or just to contain the smell. :) I confess that I have given our boys these treats frozen (excellent crunchy goodness) to avoid smelling them defrosting. Haha!

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes hereRemember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet.

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