The leaves are changing and the fall season is underway.
What can you treat your rabbit to in celebration of fall while you are enjoying your pumpkin spice latte? We have ahomemade rabbit pumpkin treat recipe that your rabbit will be sure to love and keep their little stomach happy and healthy too.
This recipe requires pumpkin and dried apples. Both of these ingredients are loaded with sugar and starches which can upset your rabbit’s stomach and can lead to illness if given too much.
When you are giving your rabbit any approved fruits or vegetables, make sure it is in moderation and is only given as a treat. Just because you can eat unlimited amounts of fruits and vegetables and that helps our body doesn’t mean that it is the same for your rabbit.
DIY Pumpkin Treats
What You Will Need
3 Tbsp Pumpkin puree (you can use canned pumpkin but not pumpkin pie filling)
1/3 Cup Rolled Oats
4 Tbsp Dried Apples (without pips and stems)
3 Tbsp Water
1/2 Cup Flour
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Mix all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. You want the mixture to have the same consistency as cookie dough, so you can adjust the amount of ingredients as needed. Remember that rabbits should have a limited amount of pumpkin, oats and dried fruit.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and scoop 1 teaspoon of mix and roll it into a ball (or whatever shape you'd like your treats to be). Make sure to put at least an inch or two between it rolled ball of mix.
Bake your pumpkin treats for 15 minutes at 425 degrees.
These are only meant to be a treat not a staple to your rabbit's diet. Your rabbit's diet should be made up of at least 80% grass hay. Rabbits require a high amount of fiber to keep their digestive system regular and the constant chewing on coarser hay helps to wear down their always growing teeth.
The pumpkin treat above should only be given to your rabbit on special occasions (like fall events) and no more than one treat a day to keep sugar and starch levels down.
Do you have a certain type of hay you give your rabbit? Want to learn about other grass hays that you can feed your rabbit? Download our Hay is for Rabbits eBook below. You'll learn all about the different types of hay, the best ones to feed your rabbit based on their age, allergies, and more!