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Pets at Home Animal Exercise Ball

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Manufacturer: Pets at Home / Type: Dog / Cat Toy

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      14.02.2011 22:18
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      Although these toys are usually intended for dogs and cats I thought I would buy one to try my guinea pigs with. Basically the toy is a plastic ball of two halves, each half is a different colour and has holes cut out of it, in the middle of the ball is a jingly bell. When the ball is nudged or thrown the bell sounds and gives a little "tingly jingly" noise that my Rodney seems to quite like. I have observed him nudging the ball along with his nose and he does seem to enjoy it. This toy is made out of hard plastic so can survive being thrown about, Rodney has played with it in his plastic and metal cage without any problems and I expect it could hit quite hard surfaces without cracking or breaking.

      The one thing I have noticed is that if the ball is lightly moved it doesn't seem to make a noise, you have to jingle it rather hard for the bell to sound loud and clear. A cat or dog shouldn't have any trouble with this. I bought my jingly ball from Pets at Home and at most it would have cost me around £2.00. I think this is a great price to pay for a toy that is so long lasting and that my pet seems to enjoy. I tried this ball on my other 2 guinea pigs and they didn't take any notice of it so it probably won't be a toy that all pets will go crazy over. My dog has played with this and she has also had great fun with it. A fun toy for dogs, cats and even small mammals.

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      02.10.2010 22:29
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      Not for every dog but mine love it!

      My friend gave me this toy after her own dog showed little interest in it. At the time my puppy was mad to get her teeth into anything so she thought it could be good for her.


      I have seen it selling for 4 euro in a local pet shop and I have only ever seen it in red and blue colours. The toy is designed to be an exercise ball for dogs so it isnt light.


      Its not a toy that I would bring on a long walk and kick along the ground because you would likely break a toe! It is made of hard rubber and is very durable.


      My dog enjoys pushing this along the grass with her nose and she seems to get a kick out of the extra effort she has to put in with this toy compared to her other lighter puppy toys.


      I dont think it would be of any use to a dog that doesnt get excited over balls because they wont take any notice of this toy. There isnt any noise to be made or anything to tug or squeeze. It simply a heavy sturdy ball with holes!


      Dogs can amuse themselves alone with this ball and you dont need to be outside with them throwing it around which is good if you dont have the time.


      This really is a favourite with my puppy and also with my older collie. Its a great way for dogs to get a bit of extra exercise when at home. I would recommend it to any dog owner.

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        20.09.2010 06:48
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        A good toy for exercising small pets like hamsters

        One of the toys my son's hamster loves is his Animal Exercise Ball from Pets at Home, which we bought amongst other things to put into his cage, and to use on the floor when he comes out of his cage to play (we build a barricade of books around a clearing on the floor so the hamster can bomb around without the worry of him escaping and going to live up inside the sofa).

        The balls can be bought from the Pets at Home stores and their website, although there are similar types of toys available on the market and online too. There are two sizes available but I buy the small version which costs £1.69. The idea behind the ball is that it keeps your pet stimulated and entertained whilst exercising it at the same time.

        The Animal Exercise Ball is a brightly coloured (ours is purple and blue) hollow ball and is made of plastic with holes cut out of it. Inside the ball there is a smaller plastic ball which contains a bell which tinkles and jingles when the ball is hit or rolled across the floor.

        When my son's hamster sees the ball, he starts running back and forward in his cage, as he knows this means it's play time soon and that he can go into the book barricade and chase, nibble and play with the ball in a larger area. The hamster shows a lot of attention to the ball which is great, as we've bought him things in the past that he's not been interested in at all. I think it
        must be the jingly bell inside which holds his attention so well!

        Considering the destruction the hamster is capable of this ball has proved very durable. He's nibbled it (or tried to) an awful lot but the plastic has stayed in pretty good shape and he can't get to the bell inside.

        I can recommend this ball as it's proved to be good fun for the hamster and my son also loves playing with the ball and hamster together, rolling it along the floor for Hammy to chase after.

        For the price it's lasted a long time so it's proved to be good value, although the bell sound can get a bit annoying after an hour or so!

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        10.09.2010 11:37
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        The best toy I've ever bought for my bunnies

        I am not very much of a people person, I love animals and my pets are hugely important to me. I have two pet bunnies that live inside as house rabbits. There is a Pets at Home store within only a 10 minute walk of my house, so this is usually my first choice for pet products. The Pets at Home Small Animal Exercise Balls can be bought from the brick and mortar stores, or online at www.petsathome.com. They come in two sizes and you can choose which one will best suit your pet. I have the large ones which cost £2.29, or there is a smaller version available for £1.69.

        Pets at Home say: "The Small Animal Exercise Ball by Pets At Home will keep your pet entertained for hours.
        The brightly coloured ball contains a bell to encourage your pet to play with it time after time."

        I have 2 rabbits and one guinea pig, all of which live within my house in their own special bedroom, and they each have their own cage where I put their food, water, and sleeping areas. I have two of these toys, one for each of the rabbits. It is important to keep small pets occupied and get their minds stimulated as although they may not be the brightest of animals, they are very inquisitive and require distractions to keep them from being bored and becoming destructive. This is especially important for my house rabbits as they do tend to start nibbling at the wallpaper or attempting to dig up the carpet if they don't have enough toys to keep them entertained.

        The Small Animal Exercise Ball toy is a spherical shaped hollow plastic ball. It is made up of two different-coloured halves, and there are two layers to the ball. The outer shell is made of plastic and has small segments cut out of it so that you can see it is hollow inside. In the centre of this shell there is a smaller plastic ball which contains a bell.

        Believe it or not but this simple looking toy has proved to be the most loved, most popular, and mot played with toy out of all the items I've bought for my rabbits over the years. I have had these balls for several years now and the bunnies still play with them on a daily basis. The balls aren't anything special to look at, the colourful plastic looks a bit cheap and tacky. But the plastic is lightweight and easy to get a grip on or have a nibble.

        My two rabbits are very different, and they both enjoy playing with their toys in a different way. Locke is boisterous, smart and cheeky. He usually manages to figure things out very quickly and is the more active and intelligent of the two. He likes to have a bit of interaction when he is playing, so I usually head straight for this toy when it's play time. Using a willow stick (rabbits love nibbling on them and it's good for their teeth), I poke the end of the stick through one of the holes and then dangle the ball slightly out of bunny's reach. If he doesn't notice it straight away I will shake it a bit so the noise of the bell gets his attention. Then, the mission begins for him to win back the ball! This gives him a good chance to stretch, exercise and hop about, and he seems very pleased with himself when he manages to win the ball back by pulling it off the stick. Locke never tires of this game it is very cute and allows me to have some bonding time with him.

        My other rabbit Sugar is a bit dopey, has poor eyesight and generally seems to be in his own little world most of the time. He seems to struggle to make sense of the world and usually needs a bit more guidance when given new things. He loved this ball from the start, mainly I think due to its very light weight. It is easy for the bunnies to push it around and they can throw it about easily, which is great for Sugar as he likes the noise of the bell. Sugar's favourite way to play with this toy is to pick it up in his teeth using the holes in the plastic to get a grip. He will then hold onto it tightly and just shake it about for AGES. This is all great fun for him I'm sure but it can get a mite annoying when it's the early hours of the morning and you getting woken by the sound of bells ringing (unless it's Christmas of course). I have learned to keep this toy out of his cage at night time! One of the other things he seems to do repeatedly is hide the ball inside other things. I guess this is because it's his favourite and he wants to keep it to himself!

        The Small Animal Exercise Ball toys have proved to be very sturdy, they do get an awful lot of use and have been kicked, thrown and nibbled on no end. The plastic is surprisingly durable and has not suffered any chips or cracks even with continued and prolonged use. I am really pleased with how well they have lasted especially as they were so cheap.

        This toy is a great pet product that I would certainly recommend to any rabbit owner. They are hard-wearing, great value and provide good entertainment to stop your pets becoming bored. My bunnies love it and I hope yours will too!

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