Trick or Treat! The Best Snacks for Small Animals

 

Halloween’s almost here, so you might be busy thinking about your favorite kinds of Halloween candy. Your furry friend loves treats, too, so now’s a great time to figure out what to put in their “candy” basket this season and all year long.

Remember, your pets have small stomachs, so it’s important to feed treats in moderation. Check with your veterinarian before introducing any human food to your pet’s diet.

Chinchillas

Inquisitive, cute, and crazy fluffy – there are so many reasons why people love having chinchillas as pets. They’re into treats as sweet as they are, like dried fruit, yogurt, and carrots.

    Try These
  • Dried rose hips
  • Hibiscus
  • Dandelion Leaves
  • Timothy Biscuits Baked with Apples
  • Healthy Toppings with Papaya
  • Fiesta Orange and Tangerine Yogurt Cup
    • Avoid These
  • Anything with animal
  • Chocolate
  • Corn
  • Ferrets

    Lovingly referred to by owners as “cat snakes,” ferrets are long, skinny pets with energetic, fun personalities. Did you know they’ve been domesticated for 2,500 years? We’ve had a long time to figure out what they love to eat.

      Try These
  • Bits of cooked chicken, turkey, or lamb
  • Eggs
    • Avoid These
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Dairy
  • Chocolate
  • Gerbils

    Once known as desert rats, gerbils have become highly popular family pets thanks to their active, social, and curious nature. They’re also very small and friendly, so they’re great for beginner pet owners.

      Try These
  • Fresh fruits and veggies like carrots, broccoli, apples, and berries
  • Nuts
  • Sunflower and pumpkin seeds (only sparingly)
  • Unsweetened breakfast cereal
  • Dried fruits like raisins and currants
  • Small pieces of cheese
  • Fiesta Strawberry Yogurt Chips
  • Timothy Biscuits Baked with Carrots
    • Avoid These
  • Raw foods like kidney beans, potatoes, onions, and rhubarb leaves
  • Chips
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Guinea Pigs

    Gentle, lively, and playful, the guinea pig or “cavie” is the most popular first pet for American kids. But, which foods will make your piggy “wheek” with joy? Try these treats and understand the noises they make with this helpful guide. Learn how to decode your guinea pig noises.

      Try These
  • Lettuce (Butterhead, Boston, Bibb, Romaine, or Red Leaf)
  • Radicchio
  • Raspberry leaves
  • Zucchini
  • Mixed Berry Yo Chips™
  • Fiesta Banana Yogurt Treats
    • Avoid These
  • Avocado
  • Coconut
  • Dairy
  • Garlic
  • Meat
  • Potatoes
  • Hamsters

    With 24 species, you’re likely to find the right hamster to love. Here’s what to feed them and what to avoid at all costs.

      Try These
  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumbers
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Berries
  • Fiesta Krunch-A-Rounds
  • Fiesta Strawberry Banana Yo Cups™
    • Avoid These
  • Almonds
  • Celery
  • Chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Peanuts
  • Potatoes
  • Mice

    When you see a pet mouse, it’s hard not to fall in love. They’re tiny with bright eyes, dainty paws, and a cute twitchy nose. Keep their nose twitching with these treats!

      Try These
  • Cauliflower
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Tropical Adventure Treats
  • Fiesta Pop-A-Rounds
    • Avoid These
  • Citrus fruits
  • Dairy
  • Cucumbers
  • Melons
  • Lettuce
  • Rabbits

    Whether big or small, floppy ears or not, rabbits are icons of cuteness. They love to live with other bunnies, making them perfect companions for pet lovers who want a house full of fluff.

      Try These
  • Basil
  • Broccoli leaves
  • Celery
  • Forti-Diet Honey Sticks
  • Berry Alfalfa Nibblers
    • Avoid These
  • Chocolate
  • Avocados
  • Bread
  • Rats

    If you’ve seen Cinderella or Stuart Little, you probably love mice and rats. We love rats’ tiny, expressive faces and affectionate, intelligent personalities.

      Try These
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupes
  • Carrots
  • Bananas
  • Tropical Adventure Treats
  • Fiesta Veggie & Cranberry Sticks
    • Avoid These
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruits
  • Here’s a treat cheat sheet to pin up in the kitchen for easy access!

     

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    Sources:

    http://chinchillacare.org/food-diet/

    https://www.livescience.com/54391-ferrets.html

    https://www.petmd.com/ferret/nutrition/evr_ft_nutrition_ferret

    https://www.thesprucepets.com/feeding-pet-gerbils-1238858

    https://www.petmd.com/exotic/general-health/complete-guide-to-guinea-pigs

    http://pethamstercare.com/types-of-hamsters/

    https://www.petcha.com/what-hamsters-should-not-eat/

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