It's fall, y'all, and autumn is all about pumpkin-flavored everything! Luckily, cats and dogs can enjoy this festive super-food as well. Pumpkin aids in digestion, provides hydration, can help prevent parasites, and keeps their coat shiny and healthy, among other things. Show your furbaby how much you love them by spoiling them with some homemade pumpkin goodies.

Under the Sea Cat Treats
  • 1 cup low-sodium skinless boneless canned sardines, drained
  • 1/2 cup 100% canned pumpkin (like Nummy Tum-Tums 100% pure organic pumpkin)
  • 1 tablespoon fish oil (like American Journey Wild Alaskan salmon oil)
  • 1 tablespoon kelp
  • Mix together and roll into balls. Put leftovers in container, separating each layer of balls with waxed paper to keep from sticking together. Treats keep in refrigerator for 3-4 days.

    Howl-oween Hairball Helpers
    • 1 5 oz. can tuna in water
    • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
    • 1/4 cup flour
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients, mixing until a dough forms. Using floured hands, pinch off bite-size pieces of dough (about 1/4 tsp. each) and place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake until lightly browned and crisp, about 20 minutes. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use. Makes 7-8 dozen.

    Pumpkin Pie Cookies 
    • 2 cups brown rice flour
    • 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
    • 1 cup canned pumpkin
    • 1 cup grated carrots
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened plain applesauce
    • 1/4 cup brown rice flour for rolling
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor blend pumpkin, applesauce, and carrots until smooth. Mix brown rice flour and oatmeal in a bowl. Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix by hand until dough forms. On a floured counter-top or cutting board, roll dough to about ¼-inch thick. Use cookie cutter to form cute shapes or cut into small squares. Place cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 7 minutes. Flip treats over and bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and cool thoroughly. Store in fridge or freezer; keeps for months. Good for cats and dogs.

    Four-legged Pumpkin Cookies
    • 15 oz. canned pumpkin
    • ½ cup nonfat powdered milk
    • ½ cup cream of wheat cereal (quick-cook type)
    • ¼ cup Mixed Grain baby cereal
    Heat the oven to 300 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Use a pastry bag to pipe shapes onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 20 minutes. Good for cats and dogs.

    Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats
    • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
    • 2 eggs
    • ½ cup canned pumpkin
    • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Add a little water as needed to form a workable dough. Roll out to ½ inch thick. Cut out cookies. Bake for about 40 minutes.

    Grain-Free No-Bake Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Balls
    • ½ cup coconut flour
    • 4 tablespoons peanut butter
    • 8 tablespoons canned pumpkin
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon ginger
    • Small dab of peanut butter (optional)
    • Finely shredded coconut
    Combine the first 5 ingredients to form the dough. Work in a small amount of peanut butter if the dough is crumbly. Roll into balls, then roll each ball in the coconut (or powdered carob).

    Remember to consult your veterinarian when introducing new foods into your pet's diet. Also, go easy on the amount of treats you give them. Pumpkin can help keep your furbaby regular but too much can cause diarrhea.