Homemade Rabbit Treats

Posted on 06/26/2008 by craftybeaver
Smack Snacks

I'd never even thought of posting this here until I saw the entry for homemade dog treats. I figured this would be worth posting because with over 8,000 members, certainly someone must have a pet rabbit. :)

This is my recipe for homemade rabbit treats. It's a bit time-consuming and makes a big mess, but it's worth it because it's so much healthier than treats sold in stores (which are usually the rabbit equivalent of donuts and candy bars). My three bunnies go CRAZY for these snacks, and Amy Sedaris' rabbit, Dusty, goes so bonkers for these that Amy put the recipe in her hospitality cookbook, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. So if you have a pet rabbit (or have a friend who does), you might want to give these a shot.

Katie's Smack Snacks for Rabbits

You will need:

* 1 c. rolled oats, finely ground (coffee grinder works best)
* 1/4 c. rabbit pellets, finely ground
* 2 medium-sized bunches of parsley
* 1/2 of a carrot
* 1/2 of a banana
* 1/4 c. + 1 tbsp. water

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet or stone with wax paper (baking stones actually work best). Grind pellets and oats down to a powder and set aside. Puree parsley, carrot, banana and water. This should become fairly liquefied, so you can add more or less water depending on the consistency. In a bowl, mix puree and dry ingredients. Knead until a stiff dough is formed. Dough will be somewhat sticky. Place ball of dough between 2 sheets of wax paper and roll to about 1/8 – 1/4 of an inch thick. Cut into small squares and place on baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes (don't let them get too brown), then turn off the heat and let them sit in the warm oven for at least an hour. (The last step is really important because letting them sit in a warm oven is what dries them out so they'll keep for a really long time and not grow mold!)

Fat Rabbit's Dream

The final product:

Smack Snacks for Rabbits

Smack Snacks for Rabbits

Elliot trying to break into the snack canister. (See? They go bananas!)
Smack snack break-in attempt

Pockets gets tired of waiting for me to hand her one, gets grabby, helps herself.
Pockets gets tired of waiting, helps herself
saline_queen 26th-Jun-2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
I want a bunnnnnnnny! LOL!

I have 4 dogs (small dogs) though, so it may not be a wise idea. I am not sure how well bunnies and dogs get along
craftybeaver 26th-Jun-2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
I have a neighbor who has a tiny dog and a large rabbit, and the two of them are absolute best friends. It's tricky, though, because it can also be a disaster waiting to happen since it's basically a predator/prey situation.
saline_queen 26th-Jun-2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
that is exactly right! I want to try it, but I don't know if I am brave enough. We had a hamster, and they oook with him unless I brought him into their territory. He got loose one time. That was fun.

I also want a ferret but... LOL same situation!

Bunnies are so sweet and so cute so maybe one of these days I'll get up the guts.
craftybeaver 26th-Jun-2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it can work, but it's not something I really recommend. I know too many people who, when they learned I have rabbits, have told me, "Oh, I had rabbits when I was a kid. But the dog/cat got them." Eek.
saline_queen 26th-Jun-2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
That makes me sad! lol

granted, my dogs are very prissy, I still know it's animal nature to attack lol.

I always say no more pets after these guys because it is so hard to let go, but... if my heart isn't completely shattered (my babies are still young, with the oldest 2 being 4 and the baby being 2) I definitely want a bunny.

your bunnies are amazingly adorable!
chainedinbeads 27th-Jun-2008 02:03 am (UTC)
I have 6 cats and one rabbit and they get along great. You have to watch them at first but soon, the larger animals get the idea that bunny is not prey. Especially my bunny as he will turn on the cats and bop them on the nose with his paw.

I would assume you could do the same thing with dogs. Just watch them together for awhile.

Edited at 2008-06-27 02:04 am (UTC)
coendou 26th-Jun-2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
It totally depends on the dog. My sister has a dog, a cat, and a rabbit, and it's 100% fine, even when the rabbit isn't in the cage (she has a fenced-in area of a room attached to her cage). (The dog is put away when she's not home, of course.) But with a different dog that could be a real disaster. You'd really need to test them first - many small dogs were bred for hunting small animals, so they might have a high prey drive depending on what they've got in them.
saline_queen 26th-Jun-2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Exactly! It's so hard to determine if it would be ok! My dogs are prissy, but... still that animal instinct is there!
ext_325578 YOU TOO can have a bunny!18th-Nov-2010 06:30 am (UTC)
Keep in mind ALL my animals are rescues: I have 3dogs (1) Shepard/Coyote mix (1)Pit/Dalmation mix and (1)Chihuahua I also have a cat and I too have TWO bunnies and everyone is great HOWEVER the introduction is a SLOW and DETERMIND process as of course EVERYONE wanted to eat the bunnies. Setting STRICT ground rules with your dogs and cats and REWARDING THEIR positive behavior is the key.
Pets want us happy with them so set them up for success of course my dogs and cat are older and they have gotten use to "food" is no longer "food" when mom brings it in the house "ALIVE" and says it's NOT food LOL!
Give it thought, there is nothing like the love of a bunny!
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