There is nothing more delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day than a cold popsicle, and your pets deserve to enjoy a cool treat just as much as you do! Try making a few of these delicious “Pupsicle” and “Catsicle” recipes to beat the heat, and your furry family member will thank you!
You Will Need…
- Silicone molds or ice cube tray
Possible Ingredients –
- Pumpkin puree
- Plain yogurt
- Bone, Chicken, or Beef Broth
- Dog biscuits or long bones for stick
Always research to make sure your ingredients are safe for your pet. Some ingredients, like yogurt, chicken, and milk are generally safe to feed, but some dogs have more sensitive stomachs than others. If you have never fed them these before, give them a small amount to test that their stomachs can handle it. While shopping, avoid anything that includes “xylitol”, a type of sugar alcohol commonly added as a natural sweetener. It can also be called E967, and it is toxic to dogs. If you use broth, make sure it is dog friendly broth as human broth includes salt, garlic, onion, sodium, and other additives that are not safe for dogs.
A blender will be useful for mixing your ingredients together, but if you don’t have one, mushing things together with a fork will work just as well! You can always add water until you are happy with the consistency.
Molds are essential for creating your pupsicle. You can choose a popsicle mold, silicone mold, or just use a regular ice cube tray.
Pupsicle Recipe Combinations
Hand mix or blend ingredients together until they create a consistent watery substance that can be poured into popsicle molds. Adding chopped berries or chicken will add texture for your pet to enjoy, and you can add a dog bone, carrot, or celery stick into your popsicle mold after pouring your mixture to create the perfect edible doggy popsicle stick!
- Sliced Cucumber
- Mashed Honeydew
- Plain yogurt
Berries & Coconut
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Chopped Strawberries, Blueberries, or Blackberries
- Plain yogurt
Banana’s & Peanut Butter
- Mashed bananas (or pumpkin puree)
- Peanut Butter
- Cooked, unseasoned chicken chunks
- Dog friendly chicken broth
- Blueberries, strawberries or raspberries
Watermelon & Carrot
- Chopped carrot
Catsicle Recipe Combinations
Dogs aren’t the only pets that should get to enjoy a cold treat! If you have cats, try making them some of these feline friendly popsicles!
You can use nonfat plain yogurt or goats milk, although some cats don’t handle the dairy well so “cat milk” made specifically for cats is a good alternative. Sprinkle in dry food or catnip for some added texture in the catsicle. If your cat gets fed wet food, you can mix the wet food with some water and treats, and freeze it to create a cold meal. You can even simply add the liquid from a can of low sodium light tuna or sardines into a normal ice cube tray with water, and allow your cat to lick and play with the fishy ice cube once frozen!
- Blueberries, mushed and blended
- Dry cat food or treats
- Cooked, unseasoned chicken chunks.
- Cat safe chicken broth.
- Sardine water
- Freeze dried minnows
Always supervise your cat while they enjoy their popsicles. If you are using a recipe including berries or ingredients your cat does not normally consume, make sure you limit their consumption to prevent them from getting sick. Typically, one popsicle is far too large for one cat to consume at once.