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Homemade Christmas Presents For Your Pets


Are you looking for the perfect gift for your pet this Christmas, but don’t want to stretch the purse strings?

If you are a pet owner who has your pet’s name included on your Christmas shopping list, remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your pet happy.

We want to share with you our favourite low-cost, ‘do it yourself’ gifts so you can make them for your own companions. Find out how you can make your own rabbit crackers, put a twist on your Mary Berry inspiration to make your dog some delicious biscuits, or get crafty and create a festive feather toy for your cat!

Make sure you check out our tips for keeping your pet’s eating habits healthy this Christmas.

Rabbit crackers

This is a quick and straight-forward way to keep your bunny busy and make sure he eats his greens this Christmas.

You will need:
- Toilet roll tube
- Handful of fresh hay
- Spinach
- Sprout-tops
- Kale

Instructions:

All you need to do is stuff the toilet roll with a few handfuls of mixed greens, making sure to leave them poking out at the end of the tube.

Your rabbit will love rolling it around and pulling out every last bit of green goodness. Nibbling the hay will also keep your bunnies occupied, and the chewing will strengthen their teeth and jaws.

 

Sweet potato and carrot Christmas biscuits

A great way of ensuring your curious canines get some extra tasty nutrition this festive season is by making them sweet potato and carrot biscuits. Sweet potatoes and carrots are good for digestive health as they contain lots of fibre, as well as many anti-oxidants. 

You will need:
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup baked sweet potato
- 1/2 cup finely shredded carrots
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup water

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 180ºC and line the baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sweet potato, carrots, egg and water, until the ingredients are combined.

3. Knead the dough into a large ball.

4. Either with your hands or a rolling pin, flatten out dough ball to about ¼ of an inch in thickness.

5. Cut out festive shapes with a cookie cutter and place them onto the parchment lined baking tin.

6. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, until biscuits are golden.

7. Cool on wire rack.

8. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

 

Homemade Cat Treats

This homemade cat treats recipe contains just 3 ingredients, so it’s pretty simple to make. The idea of making cat treats might be new to you, but it’s an easy process and no different really from baking for humans. They’re made with real food, baked into tiny little treats for your cat.

How to make salmon cat treats

  1. Pulse a 300g of canned (boneless) salmon in a food processor and chop as finely as possible
  2. Combine salmon, 1 egg, and 250g of whole-wheat flour in a stand-up mixer until it forms a dough
  3. If the dough gets too dry, you can add up to 80ml of cold water
  4. Roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness on a floured surface
  5. Use a ¾ inch cookie cutter to cut into small cat-sized pieces or shape into small pieces
  6. Put the treats on a baking sheet and bake at 180°C or gas mark 4 for 20 minutes, until they seem crunchy

Allow them to cool before serving. Makes 80-100 biscuits. Store in an airtight container.

 

Irresistible cat toy

 You will need:

  • Toilet roll tube
  • A selection of feathers
  • Several jingly bells
  • Cardboard pilfered from a cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue (non-toxic and water based)

Instructions:


1. Take your cardboard toilet roll tube and glue feathers around the inside rim at both ends.

 

 

2. Cut out two round circles, with tabs, from the cardboard. Fit one of the circles into an end of the toilet roll tube and glue into place.

3. Pop the jingly bells into the tube.

4. Glue the other cardboard circle onto the opposite end of the toilet roll tube.

5. The cardboard toilet roll tube may be a little dull, so feel free to decorate the outside using coloured pens.

6. Ta-dah! Your cat’s Christmas present is now ready!

We hope you try some of these wonderful and creative ideas this festive season. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your local Medivet practice who will be willing to assist you. Don’t forget to send us any Christmas photos on Facebook or Twitter.

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