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April 15, 2019
Smooshie Face Treats is currently proudly sporting 15 different flavour combinations & a range of speciality treats for your Rabbit & Guinea Pig to try. Why so many flavours you may ask??? Well just like hoomin (humans) our pets have individual preferences to flavour.
We love being approached by customers who believe they have the fussiest animal in the world. We accept all challenges to find a treat flavour combo they enjoy, and if we don't have something suitable be sure that we will try invent something.
We like to ask a series of questions, along the lines of does your Smooshie Face like savoury or sweet. This question may seem odd at first but when you think about all the fruits, herbs & vegetables in the world they each can be placed into one of these categories.
Fruits are clearly sweet however fruits have different levels of sweetness so we always keep this in mind. For an example Pink Lady Apples vs a Royal Gala Apple give us two different levels of sweet. Veggies & herbs can be somewhat divided. For instance Basil & Mint we consider sweet herbs, Carrots & capsium & some lettuce would also be considered sweet. Parsley, Asian Greens, Spinach, pumpkin, Oregano would all fall into savoury flavour profiles.
Some other questions we like to ask are what does your pet leave on the dinner plate to eat last or come back to later, what do they go for first. With this info 99% of the time we can match you up to a flavour we know your Smooshie will love.
When introducing new treats into your pets diet it's important to give them time to discover it on their own. Some Smooshies will nab the treat straight from your hand and devour it immediately, others like to time to access the smell, take a nibble here n there... get to know this new thing that's entered their eating arena. Some will leave it to the side to eat in private when no one is watching. Some good advice is offer the treat during a time in the day when they haven't just eaten their main greens - use the treats as rewards for being good or doing a special trick. But always remember give them time before removing it. We've had cases of people telling us Nope, they don't like it... after following the suggestions above some of these customers have now been with us for a long time.
We truly believe the Smooshie Faces can smell the freshness & natural elements of all our treats. We use the finest fruit & veg we can find, the freshest cut herbs available for that power punch of flavour they love. We don't use binders & rely on the produce & our mixing processes to hold the treats together, it has taken hundreds of hours to perfect the consistency to get it just right. It's easy to create treats in perfect shapes that hold together with binders like molasses, yeast & gums (these things may be 'Natural' but never regularly available to animals). Our philosophy is that if they don't find it within reach in a garden, fallen from a tree or found while foraging in a field why on earth would you put it in a treat. Not even humans would eat half the junk found in some of the highly processed treats on the market. People often ask about corn, corn is sadly found as a filler in many pellets. If you think about corn growing in a field it is up very high, a rabbit couldn't reach kennels if it tried, when corn dies off the head stays attached and it usually dries completely before breaking off, at this time it becomes undesirable to eat. That aside corn is known to swell in the stomach rendering it no good for buns or piggies gut health & it should be avoided. (Corn Husk - outer fibrous layer is ok in small amounts however will still expand significantly in the stomach so best to avoid)
Oats are another ingredient that is questionable, you first have to understand the difference in the types of oats available. Oats are high in calories some are processed. Note that ''Instant Oats'' & ''Oat Bran'' have been processed with heat, apart of the grain is removed & the natural oils change slightly during processing.
Keep in mind in a field a bun might find ''Raw form Oats'' still in their husks to nibble on here and there alongside the straw/hay component of the plant, you may find these in your hay supplies, they grow in seasons throughout the year. In low quality commercial Rabbit & Piggy mix you will most likely find an abundance whole grain Oat Groats (whole grain with husk removed no other treatment), these are the access all areas - full fat calorific version on tap. A pet Rabbit or Piggy should never be fed Oat Groat or sometimes referred to as ''Cereal Grain'' in mass, firstly like corn it can swell in the gut, it tastes delicious so animals will gorge on it, inturn it can mess with gut flora & simply they are fattening. It's used in commercial mix because its a cheap filler. We choose not to eliminate Oats completely from our recipes but offer a select few with ''Rolled Oats'' Rolled Oats are Oat Groats made flat, we limit the amount in each recipe to less than half a teaspoon per treat. The key word being treat - again they shouldn't be fed as apart of an everyday diet plan.
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