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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,

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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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mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 8 years
Okay I made them! I posted a blog about it but here's the scoop! They were sooooo easy to make! The dough gets really sticky though so keep extra flour available. My dogs liked it better that my cats but I suspect they just liked to lick off the cheese and have something new to carry in their mouths! All in all, it's a fun thing to do if you're bored and it makes for an interesting experiment! My mom, friend, and I all tried one and they were kind of salty and verrrrry crunchy! :)
king's-queen king's-queen 8 years
Aw, "kitty crunchies" is what we call the sound that our cat makes when he eats.
emalove emalove 8 years
I want to make these for my kitties!
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 8 years
I'm going to make these tonight, I'll let you guys know how it goes!
kimmbot kimmbot 8 years
omg, my kitten will love these! Thanks!
spiceG spiceG 8 years
my sister just rescued a cat from a friend's MEAN boyfriend. i am sending her this recipe b/c it is cheaper than the store-bought kind.thx
hottpink hottpink 8 years
Awwwww, Lucky and Chubbs will love these!!!!
Daisie Daisie 8 years
*gasp* YAY!!! I love to bake and can't wait to make these for my precious Butterscotch! She can smell cheese from a mile away! ;)
M8ndy41 M8ndy41 8 years
this sounds amazing! do you know if there is a safe way to dress them up or decorate them?
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Awwww yay! Kitten would love these!
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