Making treats for your pet is a great way to save a few dollars on treating them, and it’s also a great way to spend your time in general. For any rabbit owners out there, these raw Manuka honey balls are definitely a treat to keep on the books, as it requires no baking and gives your rabbit a sweet treat without overdoing it. If you think your rabbit would like these treats, then let’s get started on those raw Manuka honey balls.
Ingredients for Raw Manuka Honey Balls
- 1/4 cup of Weetabix, crushed
- 1/3 cup of rabbit pellets, crushed
- 1/4 cup of oats
- One carrot cut up into tiny pieces
- One jar of Manuka honey (for consistency)
Directions for Raw Manuka Honey Balls
- To begin, crush the rabbit pellets and the Weetabix in a small bowl, and then wash and peel the carrot before cutting it into small pieces.
- Mix together the Weetabix, the rabbit pellets, the oats, and the carrot slices in a large-enough bowl. Then, add a little bit of Manuka honey at different intervals until your ingredients form a dough and stick together.
- Now, roll the dough into balls roughly the size of a U.S. quarter, and you can serve them to your pet rabbit at your discretion—no baking required at all!
- Note: Even if you use a natural sweetener like Manuka honey, remember that rabbits rarely consume sugar out in their native habitats, so eating it in treats regularly can lead to dental problems as well as rabbit diabetes. That’s why it’s crucial that you only give your rabbit these treats as, obviously, occasional treats.
What to Remember When Making Homemade Rabbit Treats
- Wash vegetables and fruits first: We said this already, but if you plan on giving fruits or vegetables to your pet rabbit, be sure you rinse them using clean water prior to using them for recipes. You don’t want your furry friend ingesting pesticides or similar harmful substances.
- Don’t overfeed your pet rabbit: No matter how healthy they supposedly are, treats aren’t meant to replace rabbit pellets, and you don’t want to ever overfeed a rabbit with treats. Give them just one, maybe two treats at any given time, and keep the rest to offer later.
- Never add sugar: Using regular table sugar in rabbit treats could lead to dental problems and obesity. If you’re hoping to sweeten rabbit treats, use natural sugars, such as those in Manuka honey, or fruit, but only use them occasionally and sparingly. Also, recipes that call for dipping treats in sweetened yogurt are best avoided. Your rabbit might enjoy these sweetened foods, but they could get sick easily from all the added sugar.
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