DIY: Christmas treats for your rodent

By on 18-12-2018 at 16:16

We've written articles for cat Christmas treats and dog Christmas treats. Now it's time to share the festive spirit with our rodent friends!

While cats and dogs make up the majority of pets worldwide, it's important we don't forget about our other fur-friends at this time of year. After all, Christmas is a time for celebration with all of our loved ones!


If you're looking for a way to treat your rodent this festive season, why not try one of these healthy treats for a delicious little Christmas stocking present. Your hamster, mouse, rat, or gerbil will love you!


As is always advised, aim to be conservative when giving treats to your rodent friend, as they have very different digestive systems to ours. Check with your vet beforehand if you have any concerns.


Organic apple & cinnamon Christmas treats

Ingredients:

- 1 cup organic oatmeal

- 1 1/2 cups organic wholemeal flour

- 1 organic apple chopped or processed into tiny squares (5mm or less)

- 1/4 cup organic honey

- 2 tbsp chopped walnuts

- 1/2 tsp cinnamon

- 1/2 cup of water


Method:

- Preheat oven to 180°C (355°F)

- Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside

- In a bowl, combine the oatmeal, chopped apple, honey, walnuts, cinnamon and water

- Mix in the wholemeal flour bit by bit until a firm dough is formed

- Roll 1/2 tsp amounts of the dough in between the palms of your hands to form small balls

- Place dough balls on baking tray and flatten with a fork

- Bake for between 15 and 30 minutes, taking care to ensure your treats don't burn

- Remove from the over and allow to cool fully before serving to your little one

Frozen organic blueberry yoghurt Christmas drops

Ingredients:

- 2 cups full-fat thick organic Greek yoghurt

- 1/2 cup chopped or crushed organic blueberries

- 2 tbsp organic honey or maple syrup

- 2 tbsp crushed organic almonds

- 2 tsp organic sunflower seeds

- 2 tsp organic sesame seeds


Method:

- Line a flat tray with baking paper and place in freezer until ready to use

- In a bowl, combine yoghurt, blueberries, crushed almonds, sunflower and sesame seeds

- Warm the honey (or maple syrup if cold) in the microwave on 10 second bursts until runny

- Mix the honey or maple syrup into the yoghurt mixture

- Either using a piping bag or teaspoon, make small drops onto cold your tray 1-2cm apart

- Return tray to freezer and let yoghurt drops set solid for at least 4 hours or overnight

- Use a knife to lift drops from tray, place in a zip-lock bag and store in freezer

- Serve individual drops to your pet as a treat

- Drops keep for 3 months in the freezer!

Check out these other delicious-looking treats from Kailye's Pet Care YouTube channel - for hamsters, gerbils, mice and rats!


What other Christmas treat recipes do you love?

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