Small pets like rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters love a good healthy snack. Here are some homemade treats for small pets.
Vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, strawberries, kale and dandelion greens make for a great snack. Just remember that like us, pets should be given treats in moderation. While fruits are high in nutrients, they’re also high in sugar.
For a fun twist on your pet’s favorite foods, here are some quick and easy homemade treats you can make for your small pet.
Treat Sticks for Hamsters
Peanut butter (organic or natural peanut butter is best)
Small chew stick
Your hamster’s regular food
Take a small chew stick, cover it in a thin layer of peanut butter and roll it in your hamster’s favorite seeds and food. Repeat applying peanut butter and the seed mixture until the stick becomes a thick treat stick. Place the treat stick in the freezer for a few minutes, until firm. Serve by attaching a string to both ends of the treat stick and hanging it from above so it sits slightly off the ground.
Banana Carrot Treats for Rabbits
Your rabbit’s regular food
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grind your bunny’s kibble until it forms a powder. In a food processor, take the carrots and banana and blend until smooth. Combine with the kibble and mix well. Take a small amount of the mixture and roll it into a 1-inch ball and flatten slightly so it doesn’t roll away. Place the ball onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Continue this process until all the mixture is used. Bake for 30 minutes until hard. Let the treats cool completely before feeding.
Frozen Treats for Guinea Pigs
3 cucumbers or 2 kale leaves
1 slice of apple
1 cup of water
Blend all ingredients together until the mixture is smooth. Pour into an ice cube tray and cover with plastic wrap. Place tray in freezer until solid. Before serving, make sure you soften the treat first to avoid damage to your guinea pig’s teeth. Thaw treats at room temperature or run under warm water.
Recipes courtesy of the Ontario ASPCA.
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