Making Hallowe’en Happy for all The Family.

Hi everyone, hope you’re all in good spirits? In the midst of all the current Covid chaos, I thought I would provide a reminder of the fun still to be had. I was thinking about Halloween the other night, and how we could do it ‘Covid safely’, for all the humans in the Underhill Towers locale. First up, the decorations; this is no problem as long as you’ve got access to woodlands, parks (or just trees on your street) and the internet. All you need to make wonderful displays is some leaves, acorns, conkers and pumpkins (and ay variation thereof!) and some guidance from online tutorials :-). Make sure the Acorns and Conkers are well out of Fido and Kitty’s reach though; they represent a choke hazard, as well as being toxic to them!

My fab wife dug out some brilliant ‘spooky’ food recipes for us humans to make, including some great biscuit/cookie recipes to make with our ‘mini-me’, Jesse. I don’t know how our furries do it, but they seem to know when we’re making plans that don’t include them and wander in with that “Really human, really? You were plotting to have fun without us? For this you will pay!” look on their faces. Now, you may all be stronger than me and think “Pah! I’m not being guilt-tripped into parting with treats”, and I admire your strength, but I’m a proper sucker and cave every time! With so much Pumpkin around, I figured that the human squadron of Clan Underhill could conjure up some tasty Hallowe’en treats for our furries so that they don’t do any tricks to us.

Both cats and dogs can eat pumpkin, although I would advise introducing it into their diet slowly – unless you want sloppy poop and rancid flatulence to make a sudden appearance in your home! This also means that you shouldn’t give them the entire batch of treats, #justsaying! This autumnal fruit (yep, it’s a fruit, not a vegetable) is chockfull of fibre which helps keep the gut motility ticking along nicely, as well as providing a good source of Potassium, Vitamins A and C, and Iron.

I thought I would share some simple treat recipes so that all you wonderful fur-parents can make some yummy tit-bits to make this Hallowe’en spooktacular for your furry besties 🙂 Use fresh Pumpkin though to get the maximum nutritional benefit, or you can use tinned as long as it doesn’t have added sugar. Don’t be put off by the ‘cup’ measurement; as long as it’s all in proportion, it doesn’t matter what size cup you use – and most jugs have a cup measurement on their side nowadays.

PUMPKIN KONG FILLER.

INGREDIENTS : 2 tablespoons (tbsp) Pumpkin purée, 1 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds, ½ a Banana, 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, 1 tbsp Peanut Butter and 1 tbsp Natural Yoghurt.

METHOD: mix all the ingredients thoroughly together in a bowl, then stuff the middle of a Kong (or similar) toy and put in the freezer overnight. Voila! A satisfying treat that will keep poochy occupied for a while 🙂

POOCHIE’S PUMPKIN TREATS.

INGREDIENTS: 2 Cups Rice Flour, ½ Cup Peanut Butter, 1 Cup Pumpkin Purée, 2 large Eggs, 1 ½ teaspoon Cinnamon.

METHOD: Preheat Oven to 180 Celsius. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly and then roll the ‘dough’ to ¼” thick and cut into your desired shapes. Bake for 15-20 minutes and let them cool before serving. These will keep in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight container 🙂

KITTY’S SPOOKY SALMON MORSELS.

INGREDIENTS: 1 4oz tin Salmon, ½ Cup Oats,1/3 Cup Pumpkin Purée, 1 Egg, 2 tbsp Avocado Oil.

METHOD: Preheat oven to 165 Celsius. Blitz the Oats in a blender until the texture of flour. Drain the tinned Salmon of any liquid and then mix well with the Oats, pumpkin, Egg and Avocado Oil. Form into small cookies on a baking tray or spoon into silicone moulds of your shape choice. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until firm. Let them cool before turning out of mould. Serve to your waiting puss and enjoy the adoration! 🙂

I hope you have a fab Hallowe’en, but if you have any queries at all about your pet’s health then please call the Saint Leonard Veterinary Centre team.

Until next time; Stay safe (and socially distant!), stay well, and be happy 🙂