Homemade Christmas dinner recipe for cats and dogs

by PDSA | 13 December 2023 #Justforfun

Get your furry friend into the Christmas spirit with this vet-approved, homemade pet recipe!

The festive season is upon us and it’s a wonderful time to spend with your furry companion. And what better way to treat them this Christmas, than by making them their own Christmas dinner?

Unfortunately, many festive foods are dangerous for our pets. Christmas classics such as chocolate, mince pies and Christmas pudding are all potentially toxic – that’s why we’ve put together a pet-friendly recipe suitable for both cats and dogs.

With our homemade Christmas dinner recipe, you can give your beloved companion a tasty, festive treat. The best part about this recipe is that it’s incredibly easy to make and you can even use the leftovers from your own Christmas dinner! So why not show your furry friend how much you love them by making them their very own festive feast?


A counter full of ingredients separated into the right sizes including grated carrots, green beans, turkey and dry pet biscuits.
  • 65g of cooked turkey
  • 10g of finely grated carrots
  • 25g of diced green beans
  • 60ml of water
  • 25g of your pet’s dry food

Step 1: Throw all the ingredients into a blender

Four different pots of ingredients are placed next to a blender. It then cuts to a final image of the ingredients blended.

Once you’ve prepared all of your ingredients, add them all to a blender or food processor. Blend the mixture until it forms a puree texture.

Step 2: Add the mixture to a shape

Three Christmas shaped moulds of pet food sat on a white tray.

Now that you’ve prepared the mixture, find your favourite festive cookie cutter. Then, put the mixture into the cookie cutter shape.

Step 3: Put the mixture in the fridge

Three Christmas shaped moulds on a tray and placed in the fridge.

When you are happy with the shape, move your mixture to the fridge. Allow to set for two to three hours.

Step 4: Once ready, serve (or save for next time)

Three Christmas shaped pet food treats sit on a white tray next to a pet bowl filled partially by the treat.

You can keep your pet’s Christmas dinner in the fridge for about a week in an airtight container.

This recipe is a great way for your pet to enjoy Christmas dinner safely. It’s designed to be fed in place of one or half of their regular meals (dependant on their size). But it’s not nutritionally balanced – so shouldn’t be a regular part of their diet.

It’s important not to over feed your pet to avoid them piling on the pounds. If your cat or small dog is usually fed two meals a day, you can replace one of their meals with this recipe. For medium and large dogs, if fed twice daily, you can replace half of one of their meals with this treat.

Remember – although this may not seem like a large meal, our pets need far fewer calories than us. In fact, a cat eating this homemade recipe would be the same as a person having over one and a half portions of a traditional Christmas dinner, whereas for a small dog it would be the same as a person having over one portion!

If your pooch is a bit bigger, eating this recipe is the same as us eating two thirds of a traditional Christmas dinner for a medium sized dog and half for a large sized dog.

Now you have your homemade Christmas dinner – it’s the perfect Christmas gift for pets!

For more festive gift ideas, check out our Christmas range

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