Dear Santa,

This is your kitty friend, Shadow. The dog (I forget his name, the annoying one I live with, you know him)…the dog and I have teamed up to ask you for your advice. Don’t have a heart attack, Santa. We don’t have time for partisanship —this issue is way too important! We want to know where are our treats.

Oh, now I remember. The dog’s name is Rocky. And he’s a rock all right. Not too bright.

Sorry, got off track.

Here’s the thing: Dogs are supposed to be (hu)man’s best friend. And billions of people are watching cute cat videos this very instant, so people like cats, too.

So why aren’t we getting our share of the goodies this holiday season?

I mean, I watched my person bake Christmas cookies up the wazoo. I heard from that nice cat Freddy, who lives down the street that his people were serving up rugalach and sweet noodle kugel for Hanukkah.

What are we, chopped liver? (Hah, a joke, I love chopped liver, and people think it’s horrible. Humans, gotta love ‘em, but I sure don’t understand ‘em!)

We want to know when we get some goodies for the holidays!

Yours Truly, Shadow and, ummm, Rocky

Dear Shadow and Rocky,

You’ve got a good point! Even my reindeer get treats when I deliver presents. You should get some as well. Mrs. Claus decided to Google dog and cat treats and found some great recipes!

Just print these out and put them in the middle of the living room. Even if your humans don’t make the treats, I bet they’ll go out and buy you something wonderful!

Love you two,

P.S. Shadow, you know you love Rocky. And Rocky loves you. Just have a bit more patience with him, okay?

 A Note from Santa

Dear Mindy and Bob,

Shadow and Rocky asked why they haven’t gotten any goodies for the holidays. I believe in equal opportunity gifting, so here are some recipes I thought looked luscious. Well, for a cat or dog anyway. You might share them with Freddy’s people, too – you know, the cat that lives a couple doors down?




Cat Cookies With Tuna and Cornmeal

  • ½ cup of pureed tuna
  • 1 cup of wheat flour (if no allergies)
  • 1 cup of cornmeal
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ½ cup of water


  1. Put wheat flour and cornmeal into a bowl, then add the beaten egg, water, and pureed tuna.
  2. Mix the ingredients until the mixture is compact.
  3. Roll it out with a rolling pin and cut out the biscuits with a knife or with shapes.
  4. Bake the cookies at 350° for 20 minutes.
  5. Let cool before serving to your feline friend.

Cat Tuna Crunchers (With Catnip)

  • 1 cup of tuna in water
  • 2 cups of wheat flour (if no allergies)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 tablespoons of catnip


  1. Puree the tuna and mix all the ingredients, to a firm dough.
  2. Roll it out on a work surface flattening it with your hands and cut out cookies with a pizza cutter.
  3. Bake the cookies on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper for 10-13 minutes at 350 degrees.
  4. Keep them in the refrigerator.


Dog biscuits:

  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil (Canola or coconut)
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, chicken fat, or any other fat that will solidify at room temperature, melted
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and oil in a bowl. Add in baking soda and whole wheat flour. Stir until a stiff dough forms. Knead dough or mix just until flour is incorporated.
  3. Roll out dough with a rolling pin and use a cookie cutter to cut out dog bone shapes, or just bake into little circles like cookies. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Whisk the oil/fat and peanut butter until very smooth. Drizzle over the treats and cool till glaze hardens (it does best in the fridge or freezer).


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