Kitchen Krafts: Treats for Animals

    “Kitchen Krafts: Treats for Animals,” Friend, Nov. 1992, 22

    Kitchen Krafts:

    Treats for Animals

    Apple for the Birds

    To make this treat for the birds, you will need: an apple, a pencil, yarn or string, uncooked spaghetti, and popped corn.

    1. Ask an older person to peel the apple and use the pencil to poke a hole through it.

    2. Stick a few short pieces of spaghetti into the apple at various places. Poke a piece of popcorn onto each piece of spaghetti.

    3. Thread the yarn or string through the hole, then tie the apple to a tree branch, and watch the birds enjoy your treat!

    Dog Biscuits

    1 cup all-purpose flour

    1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

    1/2 cup bran cereal

    1/2 cup rolled oats

    1 egg, beaten

    1/2 cup milk

    1/4 cup oil

    1/4 cup honey

    1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

    2. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients together.

    3. Add the liquid mixture to the dry one and stir; then mix with clean hands until a dough forms.

    4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface until it’s 1/4″ (6 mm) thick.

    5. Cut into various shapes with cookie cutters, or cut out dog bone shapes with a table knife, and place on a greased cookie sheet. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the leftover dough. Bake at 350° F (180° C) for 12 minutes. Then turn off the heat and let the biscuits harden overnight in the oven.

    Cat’s Meow

    (Leftovers work well)

    1/3 cup cooked ground beef

    1/4 cup cooked noodles

    1/4 cup cooked green beans

    Crumble the ground beef into the bottom of the cat’s dish; add the noodles, then top with the green beans.

    Gerbil or Hamster Treat

    1 tablespoon unsalted sunflower seeds

    1 tablespoon grated apple


    1. Combine the sunflower seeds and grated apple.

    2. For each serving, break off a piece of lettuce, put a teaspoon of the mixture on it, and serve.

    Illustrated by Shauna M. Kawasaki; Photo by Matt Reier