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We have a syrian hamster who absolutely loves these! One small bag costs less than a pound but it lasts for ages. I bought a pack in september 2014, i tipped them all into a small plastic storage container, and feeding a couple every few days we still have loads left, certainly enough to last another good few months. We dont feed them daily as ive bought a large variety of treats for him so i like to alternate. Also i think treats of fresh fruit and vegetables are a much healthier option for treats, however yhere is nothing wrong with feeding these choc drops as long as it is in moderation. We also have these in the yoghurt flavour which our hamster loves just as much. Sometimes if he is being a little reluctant to come out of his cage or if i want to wake him up during the day then i use a couple of these choc drops as a kind of bribery!
These choc drops made by rotastak are readily available from every pet shop ive been in. All major pet shops as well as smaller independent stores stock them and they are almost always found in the aisle with all the other hamster accessories and food.
I would definately recommend these to anyone with a hamster that they want to treat, however i do know that dwarf hamsters are prone to diabetes so to avoid making you're hamster seriously ill it is recommended you ignore the allowance on the back of the back and give very small amounts of these, i would say no more than 1 every couple of days, or break them up and feed one small piece daily.
My partner and I recently went away on holiday so had a family member come in to feed our dwarf hamster. On our way back home we passed a Pets at Home store and decided to have a quick look and buy him a little present to say sorry for leaving him (we are very attached to our hamster!). Seeing as he already has almost all of the toys that Pets at Home stock for dwarf hamsters we opted for these chocolate drops.
I was a little hesitant at first because our hamster is quite plump already and I didn't want to fatten him up too much! He already has carrot drops and yoghurt drops which we use once daily as a treat for him to complement his food. As it was a treat product we went for it. The packet was only 75p and there are a lot of drops in there - considering we typically give our hamster one treat a day this pack should last us a good few months.
Our hamster took one sniff and grabbed it immediately. He seemed to really enjoy the treat and he has enjoyed them on multiple occasions since then. They feel like a nice indulgent treat and I would definitely recommend them to encourage handling. We tend to handle our hamster and feed him a treat either when he is in our hands or immediately after we put him back so he associates the pleasurable treat with cuddles. He is an extremely friendly hamster now so it definitely seems to work.
I would definitely recommend this product - really cheap and a lovely indulgent treat to reward your small animal.
This review is also on my ciao account under the username alexcatt97. You can find these treats in pretty much any pet shop you go into such as pets at home or at most supermarkets such as Asda or Tesco and everywhere the price you pay is at a very cheap price ranging from around 40p to 75p dependent on the shop. This particular bag of treats I have been buying for about 5 years now ever since I bought my own hamster this was the first bag of treats I bought and now I give them to all of my pets as I own a Syrian hamster, a Dwarf hamster and 2 Guinea pigs and it is they favorite. You can buy these treats in chocolate, yogurt and milk flavor but my pets love all of them. The treats are small circle shaped drops as you can see on the picture and pets should only have at the most five each day.
I really do love these treats myself (not to eat) as they are great for hand feeding as you can place a few in you hand when you are with your pet and they will pick them off and eat them really quickly or if you hold one they will take it straight out of your fingers. This is great for bonding with your pet especially if you have recently bought a new pet it is a great way for the pet to get to know you and how you smell so that they can recognize you in the future. It also means that when you have your pet out they are more relaxed around you because they begin to associate you with the treats.
This treat has the same nutritional value as most treats on the market containing mostly oils, fats and sugar among with other ingredients such as protein and fibre. Many other treats on the market also have many additives and coloring's within them but the only one in this treat is the chocolate flavourings which I found beneficial and it didn't have any E numbers in either which I have found in other treats. Really this treat doesn't have a massive nutritional value to your pets health but it is a treat so you are only giving them around five a day which isn't much although I have seem many other treats around which are quite healthy so that is probably the only downfall to this product but again it is only a treat so it is not much of a disadvantage.
===Guinea pig enjoyment===
My guinea pigs love these treats so much and I know this as a fact because when I get the bag of treats near their hutch and they can hear the treats shaking in the bag they come running up to the door to get some and when I give one to one of them the other tries to steal it until it gets one of it's own. With guinea pigs I think it is better as a hand fed food because if you pet some in their feeding bowl if you have multiple guinea pigs it is always a competition to get there first and eat them all and the other is left with none and also because it is a great way to bond with your pets. I would definitely recommend this to any guinea pig owner.
I bought this treat primarily for my Syrian hamster as I bought these treats when I got my first hamster so I was hoping that he would love them. He did and never stopped loving them as they were his favorite treat and he would stuff 5 of them into his pouch and even expect more from you and they would be the first things he would go for when he went to his food bowl. And now with a different hamster he does exactly the same so I think it is safe to say that most hamsters are going to love this treat just like mine have and if you have a hamster I really recommend that you pick a pack of these up at a pet shop as your hamster will love them. My hamster's have loved each flavor of the treats.
===Value for Money===
Now for a treat to be worth the money you pay all you want is for your pets to enjoy them. With this treat as I have said before they have and I was extremely impressed with the cheap price tag on these of around 40p - 75p (dependent on what shop) and I would be willing to pay a lot more for these if they were expensive because they are great. I have found that these are extremely better than many of the other more expensive treats so a larger price does not always mean a better product and this is the case with this treat and with they are a great way of saving money if you buy the more expensive treats because in my experience they have been better than the ones with larger prices.
Overall this has been a treat which all of my pets love and enjoy and for a great price so I don't know what treat could be better than these especially as they can come in three flavours so they don't get boring to your pet. The only small downfall is that they are not as healthy as some other treats you can get on the market but despite that they do not have a lot of the additives in that most treats do which is good. I would definitely recommend this treat to any small animal owner.
Our one and only family pet is a long haired Syrian hamster called Sam. We have owned Sam for nearly two years now and he is very much a part of the family. He lives in his Rotastak compound on a table at the top of the stairs. Sam is a very active little fellow, sprinting around his wheel most nights and traversing the ever changing tubes that go in and out of his home. As he is such an active little fellow I like to get him a bag of Armitage Rotastak chocolate drops as a treat for him, everyone else in the house has a treat so why not Sam?
The chocolate drops come in a small plastic and foil bag, the bag is mostly red in colour with a cartoon caricature of a hamster on the front juggling, and has the Armitage Rotastak logo prominently placed on the front. There is also a picture of the chocolate drops on the front and they do look tasty! Once I have opened the choc drops I transfer them to a small Tupperware tub to help retain the freshness.
Each little bag contains 50g of choc drops (about 150 choc drops). I usually buy my choc drops from Wilko's for about 50p a bag, you can buy them on Amazon.co.uk for 69p a bag but the £4.95 postage does deter me. The choc drops are small, flat and round and look like tiny hamster sized chocolate buttons. The choc drops do smell sort of chocolaty but with a dried animal feed smell to them too. I don't know what they taste like as I can't bring myself to try one, but Sam loves them and that's good enough for me.
The bag says to give your hamster 3 choc drops a day, and although Sam is an active little chap I don't give them to him that often as I feel chocolate is not really a good food to give a hamster, but when I do give him a couple he usually wolfs them up, I think these are Sam's favourite treat and he will squeak at me when I stop giving them to him in the hope I will be impressed and hand over more.
The choc drops are described as an ideal training reward or just to show you care, and are to be used only as a supplement for a healthy diet and are suitable for dwarf hamsters, gerbils, giant rabbits, guinea pigs, hamster's, mice, rabbits and rats. I don't use these as a training reward as I am unsure as to what I could train Sam to do; he just gets them because I love him.
Although the choc drops have a distinctive smell, the smell does not transfer on to my fingers when I feed Sam, but as with all pet foods and pet handling remember to wash your hands before and after.
In conclusion I feel that these are a good treat for hamsters, and provided you buy them in store and not online they are cheap enough on the pocket. Sam has been eating these as a treat for the last two years and combined with a healthy diet of Hamster muesli and fresh fruit and veg they have not caused him to put weight on.
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I have recently bought a pet baby rabbit named Peter! Already he is majorly spoilt.
Me my mother sister and nephew were shopping at the local Pets at home, spoiling our pets! When my sister came across a small ball with a opening which you had to put small treats such as choc drops or yoghurt drops in for your pet to work out how they get the treats out of the ball, so she decided she was going to buy Peter this and the choc drops and yoghurt drops also.
The choc drops cost 75p at Pets at home or you can get an offer of 2 for £1. You can also buy these small treats in Tesco at a similar price.
The choc drops come in a 50g mainly red foil bag with bits of silver on. The front of the bag has a picture of the chocolate drops, a picture of a cartoon hamster juggling! Also it says 'yummy treats for all small animals'. On the back of the bag it states that the treats are complementary pet food for all small animals, suitable for rabbits, guiniea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice and rats. However on the Pets at home website it states that these small treats are for hamsters. Also the back of the bag notes that the product is a treat therefore should not be given in large quantities. They give a recommendation of no more than 5 per day. The choc drops themselves are very small brown round and flat. They almost look like Cadburys chocolate buttons but obviously a lot smaller. They even smell like real chocolate!
At first Peter was unsure about these chocolate drops and would not take them from my hand. However i think this is because he was only a baby and was not yet used to his new home! Now peter absolutley loves these choc drops and will take them from the palm of your hand and also is always trying to get them out of his ball! Once Peter has had one he will not leave you alone and sniffs around for more so i think they are personally a favourite of his! However i do not give in to him and give him any more as the recommendation is at the most 5 a day so i tend to follow that and only give them to him as a treat. Also i know these choc drops are a hit with hamsters. My sisters hamster Jasper absolutley loves these choc drops, he sits with them in his small hands slowly eating them, then wants more! He even waits at his cage and follows you around for them!
These small choc drops certainly seem to be a great hit with Peter and Jasper i certainly agree with the front of the bag 'yummy treats for all small animals'. Therefore i will certainly be buying them again. Also i know that they last a very long time as my sister previously has had them so I believe that they are a great bargain to treat your pet. I would definitely recommend these treats!
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My hamster Jasper is very spoilt and so at Christmas I bought him a small animal stocking which was filled with various goodies (In case you are wondering, yes I did wrap it up for him to open!). The stocking was made by rotastak and one of the items in the stocking was a bag of choc drops.
The choc drops come in a red foil bag. On the front of the bag there is a picture of a what I presume to be a cartoon hamster which is dressed in clothes and juggling! There is also a picture of the choc drops as well as the rotastak logo.
These choc drops are suitable for rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice and rats but of course it is important to know that they are meant to be used as a treat and so a maximum of five can be given per day. I tend to give Jasper just one or two daily, and even then not every day of the week, as I don't want him getting fat and developing health issues as a result.
I found that these choc drops were a great training aid for Jasper when we first got him from the pet store. To get him used to having hands around him and then being handled we would hold a choc drop near to him and allow him to approach our hands and take it at his own pace. Jasper is now incredibly tame and I would say that using these treats as a positive reinforcement tool helped.
To say Jasper loves these choc drops would be an understatement really! Although hamsters like to play at night and sleep during the day as a rule each morning when my son and I get up Jasper will climb out of his bed and make his way down to the lower part of his cage where he will stand at the bars waiting and hoping for a choc drop! He will even follow me from side to side eagerly as I move around the kitchen!
When I give Jasper these he will sometimes put them straight into his pouch for later but if he does that he only gets one choc drop as I know he is just being a greedy little thing! If he holds them and eats them straight away I may give him another as it is very cute watching him standing up like a meerkat eating!
There are 50g of choc drops in each bag and a bag will cost you around 59 pence. A bag really does last a long time and so it is not bad value at all really. I tend to seal the opened bag with a clothes bag to keep them fresh and this works well in my experience. I will continue to buy these treats for Jasper for occasional use!
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When it comes to Colin my hamster he is rather spoilt. I simply adore the little chap and can't resist buying things for him thus he costs me a fortune!
I keep his diet as varied as I can and do like to watch him nibble the occasional treat and so when I spotted these in my local Tesco store costing 69p a bag I simply loved the thought of giving him a nibble of chococlate....something that I love!
Red and silver smallish foil packet and on the front of said packet there is a photograph of the chocolates on there and a picture of a hamster drawn on and I am told that they are Armitage Petcare, Rotastak Choc Drops 'Yummy treats for all small animals'. On the back of the packet other information listed includes the size being stated which is 50g (in this case), I'm told what small pets they are suitable for (Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice and rats), I'm given a feeding guideline and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Nice enough bright packaging this is though a pain to reseal as one isn't given!
The Chocolate Drops:
Small and thin they are a dark brown chocolate almost looking like dark human chocolate. They are very small and really do smell like real chocolate which means, keep these away from a drunk flatmate cos she could mistake them for real chocolates and sit munching away on them uttering ummm and yum noises (according to her they do indeed taste like a real chocolate even if they are like an economy one! lol).
Colin absolutely adores these! I have to be very careful not to give him any more of 5 of these a day and I have discovered that Colin is a chocoholic! He sits on his hind legs with these in his little hands (ok paws whatever you want to refer to them as!) and nibbles away looking very smitten with them indeed. He can safely store them in his pouches too for a later nibble if he wants to and I find that even though he can sit and nibble one for ages he doesn't get coated in horrible sticky, melted chocolate!
However do be aware that 5 of these is rather alot for such a small creature! If I give him that as a maximum they do tend to make him poop for England and so its best to only give your pet small amounts of these!
Colin loves them and they're something I will repurchase for him without hesitation in the future. If he is happy so am I and you get so many in a bag they last for ages making them not only tasty for Colin but cheap to buy for me so once again we're both happy!
Available in all good supermarkets and pet shops (I have seen these in Pets at home by the way).
I buy these choc drops as an occasional treat for my rats. They aren't terribly healthy so they only have one each a couple of times a week, but they go absolutely crazy for them. I keep them in a cup, and when they hear me rattle the cup they come running to the front of the cage in excitement!
These choc drops are available from most pet shops and also sometimes from bigger supermarkets. Most supermarkets only really stock products for cats and dogs but I've found that Sainsbury's and the big Tesco 'extras' often have a few small animal products, including these.
The chocolate drops themselves are pretty small, about the size of a skittle but flat like a chocolate button. They look like ordinary chocolate, so much so you might be tempted to try one yourself! I haven't so far but you never know...
These treats are great for encouraging more nervous rats to be a bit bolder and increases their confidence in you as their owner. If you are the bringer of tasty treats, what's to be afraid of? They're also great for coaxing ratties out of the various nooks and crannies they sometimes find their way into or as a distraction while visiting the vet to keep them still!
A 50 gram bag costs 69p from Pets at Home, and because they are so tiny you get loads in a bag and they last for ages. I have four rats, so probably use 8 choc drops in a week and the bag lasts for a couple of months at least.
I got my hamster, Gimli, just over a year ago. He was extremely cute, but also quite highly strung, and would often bite when handled. After a few painful bites, I was close to giving up getting him out, so I asked an experienced hamster owner for advice and she recommended chocolate drops. I'd never heard of giving a small animal chocolate before, but I thought it was worth a try.
I found these in the pet shop for around 40p per 50g bag. It looked very small, but opening it up there were lots of small chocolate buttons inside. Surprisingly, these smelt really good- almost like normal chocolate, but I resisted the temptation to try one! Unfortunately the pack doesn't have any ingredients listed, but I'm sure they're all hamster friendly. They're also suitable for gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats.
The next test was Gimli's reaction. Virtually as soon as I opened the packet his ears pricked up, and by the time I opened the door on his cage, he was already hauling himself out towards the source of the delicious smell. Handling him was no problem- the chocolate was a tasty enough distraction to calm his nerves, and he ate it while I held him, something he'd not done with other foods I'd tried to tempt him with.
The happy outcome of all this is that Gimli quickly got over his biting issues, and I haven't received even one nip in the past year. He still loves these choc drops, and will eat them on the spot in my hands, rather than stuffing them into his pouches to save for later. They've also proved very useful for tempting him out of small hidyholes when he escapes!
The pack lasts for ages- it says on the back you can give your pet up to 5 a day, but for a hamster, I've found one a day is plenty. I'd definitely recommend these as a small and inexpensive treat that your pet will love!