Three Homemade Treats for Your Furry Friend

Our pets are more than just pets; they’re family. Their main priority is to keep us happy, and we’re pretty alike in that mindset—all we want is to keep them happy, too. Show your pet some love by rolling up your sleeves, and preparing them a nice homemade treat from the heart. We’ve scoured the internet for three of the tastiest, Precise approved, pet treat recipes we could find. Let’s get cooking!

#1. Tasty Tuna Crackers via ASPCA® Pet Health Insurance

Does your cat enjoy Precise Naturals® Simmered Seafare? If so, they’ll love this simple fishy cracker treat. Look in your pantry for a 6 oz. can of tuna. Grab one cup of cornmeal, one cup of flour, and 1/3 cup of water. Mix all of the ingredients together. Once everything is completely mixed, roll into 1/4-inch pieces on a greased baking sheet. Bake the Tasty Tuna Crackers for 20 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit. Try and keep your kitty at bay until the treats have cooled completely, and then, let them dig in!

#2. Yogurt Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats via Cooking with Janica

So, we’re not going to lie…these treats look good enough for humans to eat. If your pup is a fan of peanut butter, you will surely have their tail wagging over this yummy treat. This recipe calls for one large banana, 32 oz. of plain yogurt, one tablespoon of honey (optional) and three tablespoons of peanut butter. Slice up the banana and throw it, along with your other ingredients, into a food processor or mixer. Blend everything together. Once your ingredients are nice and mixed, pour the contents in a silicone mold; Janica recommends these cute paw prints. Freeze for at least two ours. Then, enjoy!

#3. Chicken Pot Pie Biscuits via Doggy Dessert Chef

These unique biscuits are tasty treats for your dog and cat alike! Head to the kitchen and preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit. For this recipe, you will need: 1/2 cup of cooked and shredded chicken, 1/2 cup of cooked and mashed peas, 1/4 cup of shredded carrots, 1/2 cup of chicken broth, and 1 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour. Combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Roll the dough on a floured surface and make 1/4-inch shapes on an ungreased baking sheet. Poke the biscuits with a fork to prevent air bubbles. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Cool the cookies, and chow down!

We’re sure that your feline and canine friends will appreciate the extra effort you put into their special treat! You may even have some of these ingredients lying around your kitchen. If that’s the case, “bone” appétit!

Have you contrived your own furry-approved snack? Share your recipe with us in the comments below!

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Five Things Your Purring Kitty’s Telling You When They Knead

Happy World Cat Day! This honorary day not only brings awareness to cat adoptions, it also celebrates our kitties at home! We show our cats affection with treats, toys and cuddles, but how do they reciprocate the love? If you’ve seen your cat “making biscuits” that’s a good sign! Here are five things your purring kitty is telling when they knead:

#1. It’s their kitten instinct to nurse

When our cats were kittens and started to nurse, the kneading motion on their mama’s belly was a way to stimulate milk flow. This sweet interaction tells their moms they are receiving the nutrients they need.

#2. It’s getting cozy

Like people, cats have definite preferences for where they are most comfortable. As our kitties age, kneading becomes a way to show they are relaxed. There is a therapeutic, self-soothing element to the motion of kneading, even if it is on your arm, a blanket, or a pillow. Once you see those sweet eyes start to squint, and you hear that soft purr, its clear your kitty is comfortable and maybe ready for a cat-nap! When cats cuddle on your lap, it  offers 3 benefits: it’s elevated, and many cats like to roost up off the floor; laps are warm, cats are attracted to body heat (especially in the colder months); laps are a safe place, cats can cozy up and have a sense of security.

#3. Telling you they love you

Kittens not only knead on their mothers for milk flow, it’s also to show their love for their mom. Their instinct to knead is a sign they feel the same way about you! All of our kitties “love languages” are different but you can be sure if you see your purring fur baby start to knead, they are telling you they love you.

#4. They are happy!

We all know our kitties are in a good mood when they start purring or chirping at us. Just like with our pets, people can tell if someone is happy is through their body language. When our cats snuggle up and start making biscuits—you know they’re happy. It’s that cranky, swift wagging tale you have to worry about.

#5. Marking their territory

Did you know cats have scent glands in the pads of their feet? When they knead their little feet get warm and excrete their scent, essentially marking their territory. This is why you’ll notice your cat sleeping in the same spots. It’s a way for your kitties to make themselves feel at home, safe and secure.

In honor of World Cat Day treat your kitties to extra cuddles and don’t stop until they start purring and kneading! How are you going to celebrate with your cat? Comment below!

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N. California Evacuation Centers

See a list of evacuation centers below:

CHICO

Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair Street (UPDATE: This center is now full)

A large animal shelter has been set up at Camelot Equestrian Park,1985 Clark Road

St. Johns Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Avenue (small animals accepted if leashed and crated)

Neighborhood Church at 2801 Notre Dame

PARADISE

Paradise Alliance Church at 6491 Clark Road (Small animals are accepted, RVs allowed in parking lot)

Elks Lodge at 1100 Elks Lane

ORLAND

Glenn County Fairgrounds at 221 E. Yolo Street

COLUSA

Colusa County Fairgrounds at 1303 10th Street

GRASS VALLEY

Nevada County Fairgrounds at 11228 McCourney Road (Enter Gate 1)

PLACER COUNTY

Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All American City Boulevard in Roseville

SUTTER

Sutter High School, 2665 Acacia Avenue

YOLO COUNTY

Yolo County Fairgrounds Home Arts Building at 1250 East Gum Avenue, Woodland

YUBA COUNTY

Alcouffe Center at 9185 Marysville Rd, Oregon House

Beale Air Force Base at 6000 C Street

Yolo County Fairgrounds at 1250 Gum Ave, Woodland

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Three Tips for Training Your Pet Using Positive Reinforcement

Whether your pet is a newborn puppy, an old timer, or a hyperactive fluffy tornado, a little obedience training goes a long way with pet behavior. Teaching your pup basic commands is a wonderful opportunity to not only bond with your pet, but also to train them to behave. Though teaching your pet commands is no walk in the park, pet obedience allows more opportunities for adventure in public places (yes, like the park) to socialize with other animals and people. How do you get there? The Precise team has the answer: a little positive reinforcement.

#1. Give them some love!

When you were a kid and accomplished something, a huge hug always let you know that you had done well. The same goes for our furry friends. When your pup masters a command, be sure to show them some love, and give them a great big petting.

#2. Use an uplifting tone

As you’re petting your pup, be sure to praise them! Use an uplifting, cheery tone to assure them that they have accomplished their task! On the flipside, if your pet is becoming frustrated, and is having trouble understanding your commands, continue to use an encouraging tone. Try not to become frustrated and exude that in your voice. This will discourage your pet, and eventually stop them from performing the command.

#3. Grab the Healthy Habits Treats

Reward you pet each time they follow through with a command correctly with a treat. This continuous reinforcement will communicate to your pet that they have accomplished the command. Once your pet becomes a master at the command, you may begin to add on a second step (sit…stay; down…roll). Over time, be sure to reduce the number of times you reward your pet with a treat, but always continue to praise them with an uplifting tone and a pet for when they have accomplished the command.

Be sure to start with the basics. Keep in mind that these commands are new territory for your pet, and it may take some time for certain commands to stick. Positive reinforcement is the correct way to encourage your pet to follow through with obedience training. Be patient and continue to practice; they will learn to master these commands before you know it!

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Five Reasons Why Our Pets Need to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

If we brush our teeth daily, why don’t our pets do the same? This is what we’ve been pondering in honor Pet Dental Health Month. Yes, we know, the idea of adding another task into our busy schedules sounds daunting, but as good pet parents, it is our responsibility to make sure our pet’s oral hygiene is up-to-par. Our pets rely on us for all of their basic needs, so we can’t forget about their pearly whites! Here are five reasons why we should make our pet’s teeth a priority:

#1. Their oral hygiene is just as important as ours!
For all the same reasons oral hygiene is important for humans, it is equally important for our animals. Regular dental checks and brushing can keep your pet healthier and prevent small dental problems from becoming bigger issues down the road.

#2. Healthy teeth = better breath
Regular brushing reduces the effects of bad breath. Think about it, animals use their mouths to clean themselves and to discover their surroundings…which can get a bit messy. As much as we love their kisses, we don’t want to catch a whiff of what they may have found in the trash!

#3. Reduces the risk of gum disease and keeps teeth strong and healthy
Animals can suffer from plaque buildup too, which can cause periodontal gum disease. Now, your pets may not like having their teeth brushed, so there are other options for reducing plaque and keeping their teeth healthy. Dental chews, PlaqueOff, and regular appointments with your veterinarian are all great ways to keep your pet’s teeth in check!

#4. Regular oral care can save you money
Regular brushing and dental appointments with your veterinarian can help to prevent serious dental issues, which as we all know can get expensive fast. These small investments in your pet’s well-being can save you from pricy, more serious visits down the road.

#5. Tooth aches can be painful
Our pets can’t speak to tell us when they’re hurting. Practicing regular oral care and dental checks with your pet reduces the risks of developing serious dental problems. By adding oral care into your pet’s daily routine, you can prevent them from losing teeth, or having dental problems go undetected.

So, in honor of Pet Dental Health Month, grab a tooth brush and get scrubbing! Your local pet store may have a toothpaste that your pet may like a little better than ours. Or, for easy fresh breath, throw your pup a Healthy Habits Treat, made with peppermint!

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