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On the Ball: Kitty Crunchies

Because I'm always pampering my friends' pooches, I decided to be fair and whip up some homemade snacks for old coworkers' cats. First I found an adorable fish cookie cutter and then scoured the Internet to find (and combine) several pet-pleasing recipes to create my own kitty crunchies. To be extra safe, I checked with a local vet who told me that too much lactose can hurt a cat's tummy, but naturally-aged cheeses, like Parmesan, contain less than 0.5 percent lactose, making them the best bet if you're flavoring a pet snack. To see how to whip up cat-cracker crunchies for your kitty,


PetSugar's Kitty Crunchies

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 tablespoon shortening
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a bowl, mix all ingredients except cheese. Flour countertop (I like to flour taped down waxed paper for easy cleanup) and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Use tiny fish cookie cutters or a pizza slicer to make approximately 1-inch-square treats. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Place once inch apart on cookie sheet. Bake 5 to 8 minutes, or until browned. Cool completely and store in an airtight container. Makes three dozen.


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