“ Brand: Armitage / Type: Small Pet Food „
As you may have guessed from some of my other reviews, I have a little Syrian hamster, Kovo, and I do like to treat him from time to time. These yoghurt drops seem to be one of his favourite treats. The packaging is a small foil bag, mostly red in colour. There is some information that tells me that these treats are suitable for all small animals, and then on the back lists these pets: dwarf hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice and rats. There is also some information that tells you that you shouldn't feed more than 5 of these to your pet per day. I tend to give Kovo a couple of these per day, but on occasions I do give him an extra one or two in the day, but I never exceed the recommended 5. The packaging also has a picture of a cute cartoon rabbit on the front spinning a ball on his finger. Why a ball, I'm not too sure! There is also an image of what the drops themselves look like. The drops themselves look like small white chocolate buttons. They have a slight scent to them which is a kind of yoghurt / white chocolate aroma, but this isn't noticeable really unless you go out of your way to sniff them! When I feed them to Kovo he basically takes them out of my hand and will either store the drop in his cheeks or will hold it in his 'hands' and nibble away at it. He looks really cute nibbling away! Kovo does certainly seem to like these drops and enjoys eating them. A 50g pack has loads of these little drops in, I haven't counted how many, but they are certainly lasting a while at an average of 2/3 drops per day. I've had this particular pack a few weeks now. Once opened you will need to store these in an airtight container in order for the drops to keep their freshness. Per pack costs approx 75p, (though I bought 3 packets for £1.50 on an offer in Pets at Home several weeks ago) and considering how long they last for I would say this was good value, and Kovo certainly seems to enjoy them! I'm going to give them 5 stars on his behalf.
Anyone who has read a few of my reviews will know that I have 3 guinea pigs who I'll admit, are quite spoiled little fellows indeed! It was before Christmas and I was looking around Pets at Home for their presents and I came across these Rotastak treats that they hadn't tried before. Initially I thought that they were for hamsters what with Rotastak being famous for its hamster palaces and such but the packet went on to tell me that these yoghurt drops were suitable for all small pets. Costing only around 79p a packet I decided to give them a go. The drops come in a little red metallic bag and you get 50g of the product. On the back is all the usual information such as best before date; batch number and a little note that says not to feed your pet more than 5 drops a day as they are intended as a treat and should not be fed in large quantities. The treats themselves are small, creamy coloured buttons with a sweet smell to them. They look very much like white chocolate buttons only a lot smaller. I must say that the smell is quite appetizing, but alas they are pet treats and not intended for human consumption! The texture of the drops isn't crumbly or grainy at all though they can be snapped in to even smaller pieces if needed quite easily. I gave my boys a treat and coaxed them to take it, unfortunately after one sniff they turned up their noses and went back to chomping on their hay. I decided to persevere but all 3 of them would not so much as take a nibble. Needless to say I won't be buying any more of these treats but at 79p a bag it was worth a shot. I expect these treats will probably be a lot more popular with hamsters or rats, perhaps not just for guinea pigs!
Initially I purchased the Rotastak yoghurt drops as a means of encouraging our new hamster to be handled as he would receive one as a treat and would therefore be receiving positive reinforcement. From memory I think that the yoghurt drops cost around 79 pence from pets at home. The drops come in a red and silver foil pack with the product name, a picture of the yoghurt drops and a happy looking cartoon rabbit spinning a ball on his finger! We are told that the yoghurt drops are a "yummy treat for all small animals" This product comes in a 50g bag and in my experience a bag really does last a long time as the drops are intended as a treat. The recommended amount per day is no more than five drops but I have to say I don't give Jasper more than three as a rule and he definitely doesn't get them daily! The drops are small and white and look quite like a chocolate chip that we would have in a cake etc. I cannot detect a smell to the drops unless I stick my nail in to one and smell very closely. When I do this I can smell a faint creamy smell. Jasper really likes these treats and will come to the bars in his cage in anticipation of receiving one! Sometimes if he is feeling greedy and hoping he will receive more than one yoghurt drop he will stuff it in to his pouch and sniff around for another one. Usually though he will hold it in his "hands" and sit up and nibble it slowly which is really cute to watch as he looks like he is definitely enjoying the treat! We found that when we first got Jasper we could give him a yoghurt drop and then stroke him gently whilst he was eating it and I really do feel this helped him get used to having hands around him and being handled. Now he is such a softie it is unreal and he will snuggle up on the sofa with my sister and I when we are together on a Sunday and go to sleep! I feel these treats are decent value considering how often you use them and how many are in the packet. The yoghurt drops have a best before date of a couple of years and I keep ours fresh by folding the bag over and holding it with a peg. Of course you could easily store them in a small plastic pot too. I would certainly recommend these yoghurt drops for your small pet. Jasper loves them and has not had any bad reactions to eating them and so I will continue to use them in the future. Thank you for reading my review!
My Colin the Syrian hamster is really, really spoilt, I do admit lol. I have to be really careful though cos because he gets an upset tummy ever such a lot and poos for England! Although I buy him many treats he doesn't get so many after I stuck him in a gym ball on my carpet and he left a trail of said poop behind him or poos on the wheel with it flying everywhere which drives both me and my flatmate barmy lol. After him having a few accidents I decided to keep his treats a little simpler and so when I spotted these yogurt drops I purchased a packet in my local Tesco store and at a mere 69p a packet I felt I got a little bargain on my hands with these. The Packaging: The drops come in a silver and red metallic packet. On the front of the packet there is a photograph of the drops and I am told that they are Armatige Pet Care Rotastak Yogurt Drops 'Yummy treats for all small animals'. On the back of the packet I am told a bit about the product, the weight is stated which is 50g, the best before date is clearly stamped on there and contact details for Armitage (the manufacturer of this product are given). Easy to tear open small bag this is though its a pain to reseal. The Yogurt Drops: Small and thin these drops are an off white colour and have a dense texture to them. They smell to me a little like white chocolate and Colin loves them! in fact I'm watching him eat one now as I write this review that I just gave him lol. These are a treat and you should give a small pet no more than 3 a day and there are at rough estimation about 120 drops in a packet so they should last a long time if stored correctly. I accidentally fed Colin 5 of them without checking on the packet how many should be given and I learnt my lesson really fast. After over-stuffing his pouches with them he then got the trots.....all over my carpet. However since me now finding out the correct amount his tummy and pouches can take I give him these in moderation. I'm happy he enjoys them, they are an economical treat and are healthy enough to not make him as fat as a house and I will continue to buy these treats time and time again in the future! Available in all good supermarkets and pets shops etc.