For Birds: Finch and Canary Treats
Here’s a bite-sized nutritious treat that’s easy to make for small songbirds, such as finches and canaries. It’s fresher and far less expensive than store-bought treats. In a medium bowl, mix a quarter-cup of crunchy, unsweetened peanut butter with a half-cup of high-quality finch seed mix. Add more seeds if needed to make a stiff batter. Pour a quarter-cup of wheat germ into a shallow saucer. Form the peanut butter mix into small balls and roll the balls in the wheat germ to coat. Serve one ball as a treat in a bird-proof bowl. Store the leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to one month or freeze for up to three months. The mixture should make about eight treats. We bet you never knew that these 8 pets are actually illegal to own. If you like watching birds during winter, then you’ll want to know these tips on how to attract birds in winter.
For Guinea Pigs: Guinea Pig Salad
Fresh vegetables and fruits should be essential parts of a guinea pig’s diet. The dried treats sold in pet stores are good in a pinch, but they’re expensive and a poor substitute for fresh treats. This is a vitamin-rich fresh salad that’s easy to make and good enough to share with your guinea pig. In a bowl, toss a half-cup of chopped fresh spinach, a quarter-cup of grated carrot, and a half-cup of chopped strawberries. Add a quarter-cup of orange juice and toss. Serve in a feeding bowl. Remove and discard uneaten salad after four hours. Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Learn some more secrets your pet store won’t tell you (but all pet owners should know).
For Hamsters: Hamster Fruit Cup
Experts agree that dried hamster pellets and treats do not provide a complete diet and pet stores don’t include a salad bar, but your hamster can scurry to its bowl for this budget-friendly sweet treat that you can whip up in no time using fresh fruits and vegetables. Slice up half a banana and toss with a quarter-cup of grated carrot in a bowl. Add a sprinkling of lemon juice to keep them from discoloring. Drain the juice from the bowl; add three teaspoons of raisins and a teaspoon of honey and mash with a fork. Serve half in a treat bowl and store the remainder in a covered container in the refrigerator. Remove and discard uneaten treats after four hours.