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Following along with the two previous homemade treat blogs, we’re now moving on to the small animal world! Not everyone has a dog or cat, bunnies need love too! And the best way to show them you care is by homemaking treats for them. This can be a great activity for the whole family to spend time together and showing love to their animals. We hope you (and your pets!) enjoy this list of homemade small animal treats!
Banana Oatmeal Carrot Granola Treats:
5 cm ripe banana
5 cm carrot, shredded
1 pandan leaf, cut into strips
3 tbsp instant oatmeal
- Mush the banana into purée. Add in the shredded carrot and pandan leaves
- Add in the instant oatmeal and mix into a dough
- Take a small teaspoon of the dough, press hard into a ball shape.
- Shape the dough into a bowl shape. The shape allows the rabbit to bite on its own without having us to hold on to the snack.
- Lay the small doughs onto a baking sheet lined with non-stick baking paper.
- Bake the doughs in an oven set at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Then allow the snack to cool down in the oven for at least 1 hour to allow most of the moisture to escape.
- Store the cool down biscuits in an air-tight container. Give your rabbits one or two biscuits per day!
Special Bunny Cookies:
¼ cup mashed banana
1 tsp honey
¼ cup pureed pumpkin
¼ cup ground pellets
¼ cup ground oats
- Gather and mix all ingredients together
- Roll out to ¼ inch thickness
- Cut dough out into cute shapes and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees
- Turn off oven, but let cookies dry in warm oven for another hour
- Let cool completely, then give 1-2 cookies per day
Bunny Cilantro Squares:
1/2 c. Pineapple, crushed (Do not drain juice. If you are using canned pineapple, make sure it is just pineapple in juice. Do not use pineapple in syrup.)
2 c. Cilantro, chopped
1 c. Rabbit pellets
1 c. Oats
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Puree banana, cilantro and pineapple until consistency is smooth.
- Grind oats and pellets into a powder (a clean coffee grinder works best for this).
- Mix the puree, oats and pellets together in a large bowl, and knead the dough until it is stiff enough to form a ball. Divide the dough in half, and place on baking sheets or stones, and roll to about 1/8th of an inch thick. Hint: When you are rolling out the dough, put plastic wrap over it. This will prevent the dough from sticking to your rolling pin.
- Cut the sheets of dough into small squares (a pizza cutter works well).
- Bake for 30-35 minutes. Be careful not to brown them too much, especially if you are using baking sheets (metal sheets brown faster than stones).
- Turn the oven off and let the treats sit in the warm oven for several hours to dry out and harden the treats
- Let cool completely before giving them to your bunny and store in an air-tight container
- Only give these occasionally, as they are loaded with sugar!
Another good idea for very simple treats is putting your bunny’s favorite fruits and veggies, cut up, in ice trays with just enough water to bind the chunks together and freezing overnight. Viola, instant cooling treats for your small animal!
While bunnies are an easier pet to take care of compared to a new puppy, you still need quite a few things to take home with you to properly care for them. At Petland, we carry all the necessary items for you to be a successful and caring pet owner! Check out our list below of things we know you will need when bringing home your newest family member:
- Cage – proper housing is essential when bringing home a baby bunny. They need to have a safe place to hang out, sleep and eat, away from any other pets you have in the house. The cage needs to be big enough for the bunny to grow as well!
- Food & Water Bowls – pretty self-explanatory, but that doesn’t make them any less important!
- Bedding & Litter – this is so you can keep your bunny’s area clean for multiple days at a time. You can also purchase a litter pan and litter to start the process of litter-box training your bunny.
- Hide-aways – baby bunnies need to sleep in a “den-like” area where it’s dark, so they feel protected from their surroundings. It’s also a good idea to have the hide-away be chewable, so they don’t get the bright idea of chewing on their cage!
- Hay – baby bunnies need a diet of both juvenile rabbit pellets and alfalfa hay until they are six months old. After that, you can introduce fresh fruits and veggies as treats as well as timothy and other types of hay, but it still needs to be about a 50/50 split ratio of pellet food and hay.
- Treats & Toys – we can’t stress this one enough! A stimulated bunny is a happy one! Baby bunnies love to play and chew, which is why having a good ratio of treats and toys (or treats that are toys and vice versa!) in their cage is essential for them to keep from developing destructive behaviors. They also need things to help grind down their teeth, which are always growing!
- Grooming Tools – this one may have slipped your notice, but it’s actually very important to keep your bunny’s hair brushed and nails trimmed to keep your bunny happy and healthy!
- Exercise Pen – you have to watch your bunny very closely when it is out of its cage, but if you aren’t able to do that, an exercise pen is just the ticket! Your bunny can get the daily exercise it needs and you can walk away if you need and know that the bunny will be safe and sound.
- Carrier – and lastly, it’s important to have a carrier for your bunny for trips to the veterinarian or over to a friend’s house to play!
We hope you enjoyed this checklist for bringing home a new bunny! Stop by today if you’re interested in checking out the bunnies we have in the store and what we suggest on bringing home with them! Thanks again for reading our blogs!
I know sometimes it seems like we focus on puppies (because they’re just so darn cute!), but on these next two blog posts I want to really dive into the world of owning a different kind of four-legged furry friend…the bunny rabbit! First, we are going to go over the different breeds that we carry at Petland and which one might be best for your family! Here we go:
As a miniature version of the Rex rabbit, the Mini Rex has risen in popularity. With a sweet personality, and fur described as “living velvet,” the Mini Rex makes a great pet. Its famous fur is dense, plush and very soft to the touch. Colors include black, gray, brown or white. The pattern could also be splotched, or one solidly colored fur.
Lionhead rabbits are small and fluffy, reaching only about 4 pounds in weight. Their petite size and soft fur make them a popular choice as a “pocket pet.” They are aptly named due to the lionlike manes that surround their faces. Lionhead rabbits can have either a single or double mane, with the double mane extending to a long, wool skirt around the rear. These rabbits have a gentle disposition, and are willing to play. They can be skittish, but handling from an early age should counteract that.
The English lop is instantly recognizable from its very long, floppy ears. Similar to its droopy ears, its body is long and lean. It is one of the oldest breeds of domesticated rabbits, and the first lop rabbit developed by humans. Its pleasant and playful disposition make the English lop a popular choice for a pet rabbit. It enjoys playing and exploring, but can be easily startled. Care should be taken when handling this breed.
Dutch rabbits, native to Holland, are one of the oldest domesticated rabbit breeds. They are also a common sight in rabbit shows. This breed is distinguished by its white fur on the face, shoulders, neck and feet. The remaining fur could be black, brown, blue or tortoiseshell in color. Their serene and laid-back personalities make them a great pet choice for children at least 10 years old. This breed thrives on human interaction, so playing with them should be a daily activity.
Netherland Dwarf Rabbit
The Netherland dwarf rabbit is one of the smallest rabbit breeds. Their fur ranges in color and patterns, and they normally weigh around 2 pounds. They have extremely short ears and short fur coats. This breed is another one seen in rabbit shows, but it also makes an excellent choice for a family pet. They are happiest in pairs, so two are better than one in the case of Netherland dwarf rabbits.
Here at Petland Kennesaw, we have many different types of animals that you can visit with and learn about, but when you’re looking to add a new family member, it can be hard to choose which one might be best for you! Below, we have some descriptions of the most popular pets we have and you can decide for yourself which one best fits your lifestyle!
Hamsters – whether it be a dwarf hamster like the Roborovski or a full-size like a Panda Bear or Teddy Bear hamster, these pocket-sized pals make a good starter pet for people of all ages. They do require a cage that is big enough for them, but not too big that they can escape! Chew toys, proper food, an exercise ball and wheel and a few grooming tools will put you in business to take care of these little guys, but otherwise, they are fairly low-maintenance. Just watch out that the breed of hamster you choose might be nocturnal, which means they are most active at night, in which case, make sure the wheel you choose is a silent one!
Bunnies – these also make a perfect first pet for many different people. Rabbits tend to be gentle and easy to handle as long as you keep a sure grip on them. Younger children need to be monitored carefully that bunnies don’t jump out of their hands and do better when the child is sitting on the ground and the bunny can be in their laps. Rabbits do require a much bigger cage as they can reach several pounds in weight depending on the breed you go with. Rabbits also need a varied diet that includes not only pellet food, but all hay and fresh fruits and veggies once they reach adulthood. They also need stimulation in the form of chews, treats and toys and, of course, lots of love from their owners! If a slightly higher maintenance pet is still okay with you, then a bunny might be right up your alley!
Cockatiels – these feathered friends are easily spotted in our new aviary at Petland Kennesaw! If you’ve never considered having a bird as a pet, you are surely missing out! They make great pets, especially our hand-raised babies, to first time pet owners. They can learn to whistle tunes and even talk in some cases! They can also be very affectionate, giving their owners “kisses” and grooming their hair. Birds do require an appropriate sized cage, as well as many types of toys and chews to keep them entertained and daily interaction from their owners. They can sometimes be very demanding, so make sure you are prepared for that if you decide that an avian pet is right for you!
Puppies – as man’s best friend, we couldn’t leave the dogs out of our examples of pets! While dogs can be the most demanding of pets, they can also be the most rewarding. It takes a lot of responsibility to take care of a new puppy or dog, but the unconditional love they show you over the course of their lives make it all worth it! Sometimes the amount of training, toys and nutrition they need can be daunting, but we can help you rise to the occasion if you decide that a puppy is the pet for you!
We hope you enjoyed this brief description of our store’s favorite pets! And if you are still unsure about which pet may be right for you, come in our store and let our dedicated Pet Counselors answer any questions you might have about pet ownership. We can make sure you have everything you need to be a responsible (and happy!) pet owner. Thanks for being such a valued member of our Petland community!