Yes, rats. Most people think the idea of rats is creepy or weird, but they are friendly and have personalities that are more complex than some people I know!
Now, my sister being who she is, these are some pampered creatures. They go to the vet, have 2 cages (one in her "student" home, one in our living room), get special food and are even bathed! Of course, this all costs a pretty penny, and as a student she needs to save her cents! For the holidays, I decided to take on the task of making the furballs one of their favourite snacks - yoghurt drops. The rats love yoghurt in general (and it is quite cute to watch them eat it), and the drops are a sweet treat once in a while that they go nuts for!
If you have rodents, you know how expensive their treats can be - but for the price of a tub of Greek yoghurt (or even cheaper, homemade yoghurt), skim milk powder, gelatine and the crushed dregs of breakfast cereal, you can make your own. These stay shelf-stable if you take the dehydrator step, but if you don't have one, no worries - they keep perfectly fine in the freezer.
Have you ever made your own pet treats? What pets do you keep at home?
Yoghurt Drops (for Rodents)
2 cups full-fat vanilla yoghurt
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp unflavoured gelatine
½ cup instant skim milk powder
3 tbsp cornstarch
½ cup crushed breakfast cereal (any type, I used Cheerios) or 2 packets instant oatmeal
- Beat together the yoghurt, honey, gelatin, milk powder, cornstarch and cereal. Let stand 10 minutes.
- Scoop yoghurt mixture into a Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and pipe small drops on sheets of parchment paper cut to the size of your dehydrator trays (or baking sheets if freezing).
- Dehydrate until completely firm and dry to the touch, about 6 hours (or up to overnight). Let cool to room temperature, then transfer to a zip-top bag. These store best in the fridge but can be kept in a cool, dry place as well.
- If freezing, place sheets in the freezer overnight, then transfer to a zip-top bag and storing in the freezer.