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Armitage Rotastak Fruity Bites

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Brand: Rotastak / Type: Small Pet Food

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      22.09.2012 13:58
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      Good treat for hamsters for a cheap price.

      This review is also on my ciao account under the username alexcatt97. This packet of treats was 40p in my local Asda store so I picked it up from the shelf and put it into my basket without really looking at it in detail but looked good from the shelf and had a very cheap price so I bought it. This bag of treats contains hard (good for gnawing) treats in the shapes of oranges, peas and bananas. This treat is for all small animals and can be found in many pet stores. I have come across this brand before when buying milk drop treats for my pets which they all like so I had good hopes for this treat with my pets and there are not many treats which look that similar to it so again I had good hopes for it. Obviously for 40p I wasn't expecting it to be the best treat in the food but I was expecting for my pets to enjoy it but their were mixed feelings with my pets.

      ===Packaging===

      The packaging does stand out quite a lot on the shelves which is good and so it is easy to find when looking for them as they use a lot of red with bits of green and yellow and make the packet shiny as well. This was one of the reasons I noticed it. On the front it has a cartoon picture of a rabbit with a ball which I didn't really pay attention to in the shop but also has a picture of the food which isn't a good representation of the treats but still looks good on the packet. The food on the packet is shows as a different colour on the packaging which in my opinion is not really beneficial because it shows an orange as green and the peas as purple and in my opinion the food just looks better when you actually open the packet and look at the food. The brand name is also on the front of the packet in a large font so it is easy to known what the manufacturer of the treat is and this was beneficial to me because I recognized the brand and therefore bought the treat. The back of the packaging is just the standard with all the ingredients, contact information and tips for the use of the treat.

      ===Nutritional Value===

      From seeing the ingredients in some of the other treats by this brand I was just expecting it to have a normal nutritional value of a treat but I was happily surprised when I looked at the ingredients. Obviously it still had the fats and the colourants that most treats have but I also found that it had the vitamins A and D in which is obviously beneficial and it also had a good amount of fibre and minerals in which are complementary to the guinea pigs diet which is also beneficial. Overall even though the nutritional value is not as good as some treats you can buy it is better than most so I pretty impressed with the treat on that part.

      ===Guinea Pig enjoyment===

      These treats were not bought primarily for my guinea pigs but they are suitable for them so I thought I would give them some of the treats as well and see if they like them. They didn't at all. I out them in their feeding bowl with their food and some of the other treats they like and they ate the rest and left these. I then tried to feed it to them by hand but again that didn't work so I gave up trying with the guinea pigs so I was pretty disappointed on that front seeing that the preferred their other treats.

      ===Hamster enjoyment===

      I then tried to give them to my Syrian hamster which was the main reason I bought these so I put them into his bowl with his food and his other treats like I did with the guinea pigs and he ate them pretty quickly which was good and it meant I hadn't completely wasted my money although it was only 40p and obviously he enjoyed them which is the main part of a treat.

      ===Dwarf Hamster enjoyment===

      After seeing that my Syrian hamster enjoyed these treats I thought that I would give them a go with my Dwarf hamster as well to see if I could buy the same treats for two types of pet. The answer to that was no. My dwarf hamster doesn't seem to be very fussy about what she eats and because of that she will eat most treats and food that I give her. I put these treats into her feeding bowl, and she ate part of one and left it and the rest of the treats and she never touched them from then so again I was disappointed.

      ===Value for Money===

      As I only bought them for my Syrain hamster and they were only 40p I guess for me the Value for money was pretty good as my hamster loved them and for a very cheap price but if someone was going to get them for another small animal the value for money would not be as good although again even if you pets don't like the treats you have only wasted 40p so it is not a massive loss but still annoying but overall I would say it was good for the money I spent on it but if the price was more I would have wanted my other pets to enjoy the treat as well.

      ===Overall===

      Overall the treat was good for my Syrian hamster who enjoyed them a lot and has them pretty much every day but I was not impressed that my other pets did not even eat these treats. I was also impressed by the nutritional value of the treat being better than most other treats you will find on the shelves and having a smaller price. Overall I couldn't complain too much about the treat because it did what I bought it for. I would recommend this treat to hamster owners definitely and for owners of similar small animals like the gerbil or the mouse but not for a small animal such as the guinea pig or rabbit.

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        31.07.2012 23:23
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        Not something I can see myself buying again for lovely Frank.

        My hamster Frank lives on a very unvaried diet of hamster muesli and the occasional bit of apple and pear so I like to give him a treat from time to time. I recently came across a packet on these fruity shapes in my local Tesco store and I thought I'd give them a try. Mainly because they'd been reduced to a financially friendly 19p! Normally these 50g bags cost 69p and that appears to be the case everywhere these are sold (major supermarkets, Wilkinsons, Pets at Home).

        The treats come in a foil packet similar to a regular crisp packet and is easily tore open. The bag isn't resealable though so I tend to stick it down myself with a bit of tape just to stop the contents spilling everywhere. The pack is red with silver trimmings and shows a drawing of a rabbit spinning a ball on his finger dressed in a green jacket and yellow trousers - not quite sure what this image has to do with anything! There's also the product name and little product description on the front as well as a picture of the treats themselves. The back of the packet tells us what these treats are made up of and it would appear these contain vitamins and minerals for Frank. Although they also contain oils and fats so it's important to feed these as a treat and not a meal. The treats are described as 'yummy' and are suitable for rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice and rats.

        The actual treats are shaped and coloured to resemble fruit. There's a green bunch of grapes, a yellow banana and an orange ball which I can only assume is supposed to be an orange. The colours are quite dull though and don't resemble the colours of the actual fruit much at all. I was expecting these to smell a little fruity although they don't in the least bit. Actually, they don't smell very pleasant at all. To say these are a treat they smell pretty much exactly the same as Frank's regular hamster muesli. Fortunately, you can only smell these if you stick your nose in the bag so the scent isn't too off putting.

        I tried Frank with five of these little treats to start off with. I put in his new supply of food in his bowl and put the treats on top of his regular muesli. I was quite surprised to witness him go straight over and pop all five straight into his mouth and immediately thought 'wow, he must really love these!' I quickly realised, however, he was simply storing them in his cheek pouches rather than eating them and the next morning four of them had been spat back out into his cage. I assume he did actually eat the other one though as that was no where to be found! He didn't seem too bothered about these so I didn't put any more in for a while. The next time I did the same happened. Frank put all five treats into his cheek pouches and later on most had been spat out again. Over time I have learnt he'll eat one or two of these but that's it. Now I tend to just stick a couple in his food bowl once a week which does mean the one pack has lasted ages so that 19p has gone a long way!
        I won't be buying them again though, he doesn't seem to like them enough. To tell the truth the only reason I still put a few in his cage is because he does eventually eat them and I don't like throwing things away - even if the thing in question did only cost 19p!

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        03.05.2011 08:24
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        One to try but my hamster prefers the choc/yoghurt drops

        If you have read any of my previous hamster related reviews you will be aware that my Syrian hamster Jasper is quite spoilt! This Christmas he received gifts from my son and I as well as from my sister who seems to think she is his mother and showers him with kisses and cuddles all the time! One of the items she bought him was the rotastak fruity shapes.

        The fruity shapes come in a red foil pack. This seems to be in line with all the other rotastak treats I have seen or bought. On the front of the pack is a small furry cartoon rabbit looking rather sporty and spinning a ball around on his ringer. The pack also features a picture of the product as well as the rotastak name.

        Inside the pack are various dried treats which are shaped and coloured to look like bananas, bunches of grapes and oranges. The treats would look quite appealing to a small animal I would imagine. They smell horrible to me but then again I am not the one who is going to be eating them!

        Jasper is quite happy to take these treats out of my hand but I think given a choice he would opt for either the chocolate or yoghurt drops instead. He tends to put these treats in his pouch and take them off to his bedroom and when I clean him out I never find them so he must be eating them at some point but I wouldn't say they are his favourites!

        What I like about these treats is that as they are hard and dry it means that Jasper has to use his teeth quite a lot to eat them and I would hope they would help slightly in making sure his teeth do not become overgrown.

        You can buy a 50g bag of these treats from all good pet stores for around 59 pence and a bag does last a long time as you should only feed your small pet up to five of these one any one day. I personally would only ever give Jasper one or two at a time so a bag does last as you get a lot per bag.

        Although Jasper will eat these treats they are not his favourites and so I doubt I will purchase them again when they run out. However, they are a perfectly average treat for your small pet and so I would award them three stars!

        Thank you for reading my review!

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          16.12.2010 01:19
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          healthy treats for your furry little friend!

          My little hamster, Lennon, is the favourite of everyone on my flatshare. He gets spoiled with loads of attention; constant re-designs of his cage and of course a lot of delicious treats. He goes crazy when we get the Rotastak chocolate drops out - if he'd be a human he would certainly be working in a chocolate store. After a while I was looking for a bit healthier alternative to all the sweets and the Rotastak Fruity Bites looked very tempting. For only 69p you can buy your little furry friends 50g of these fruity treats and I can guarantee you that your pet will love them. Lennon seems to prefer them over the chocolate drops and cannot get enough of them. What he would usually do with his food is put it in his little pouches and store it away - however, these little treats don't last a second with him. A few bites and they are all gone!
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          Why buy the Fruity Bites?

          The Rotastak Fruity Bites are small, crunchy biscuits that come in different flavours like big-ish bananas, small green apples and tiny grapes. Because they are that small they are perfect for smaller animals like hamster and I think that a fully grown rabbit might be a bit disappointed with the tiny treat. They are obviously suitable for all rodents, rabbits and guinea pigs and will help your pet to maintain a balanced and vitamin rich diet. As with all treats the Fruity Bites should be given out in moderation as an extra special way to treat your little furry friend. What I'm usually doing is using them to train him to respond to his name; he would be in his little enclosure with me on the opposite side calling his name and giving him treats when he responds. The tiny grapes are perfect for that but the bananas can easily be broken in smaller pieces as well.
          The crunchiness makes them perfect for Lennon to chew on; I'm always very paranoid about his teeth so I'm always glad to see him chew on something that is not his cage bars.
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          Would I recommend the Fruity Bites?
          This is a definitely yes! For 69pence we got a whole bag of hamster treats that will last a couple of months - if not longer as I give him chocolate drops as well. Ah all those things we do to keep Lennon happy! Rotastak usually delievers good quality products to reasonable prices and the Fruity Bites are no exception here - a healthy treat that your hamster will hopefully love just as much as Lennon does.

          69p for 50g of treats, available in almost all pet stores, online and in major supermarkets.
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          Thank you for reading and rating my review!

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            23.09.2010 19:39
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            I won't be purchasing these again to get one thrown at me from a furious hamster!

            When it comes to purchasing treats for my hamster its one of my most favourite pastimes! Ok I'm sad but my love for Colin (or Houdini) as me and my flatmate call him when hes being a pain isn't and ok I admit to spoiling him...erm slightly lol.

            I had seen these fruity bites in Pets & Home for 69p but I always tend to buy him his favourite milk or yogurt drops (more often than not...both) and bypassed them but when I was browsing around Wilkinson's one day with time on my hands and spotted them at 49p a bag I decided it was time to get him some and I liked the little fruit shapes shown on the packet!

            The Packaging:

            The fruity bites comes in a red and silver bag and holds 50g of the fruity bites inside of it. On the outside as I have previously mentioned there is a picture of some of the bites and a cartoon picture of a rabbit on there and I am told that they are Armitage Petcare, Rotastak Fruity Bites, 'Suitable for small animals' (I.E Rodents, Guinea Pigs and Rabbits) and that they are 'Yummy!'. On the back of the bag other information listed includes being given feeding advice (only feed them in moderation to a pet as a treat) and contact information is given for Armitage products and the size is stated (as I have listed already). Easy to open little bag this is though no reseal is given and I ended up with them flying everywhere as they were in stored so I suggest a container to keep these in!

            The Fruity Bites Themselves:

            You get loads of these slightly rough textured little fruity bites in a bag in shapes and colours of fruits. Little green apple shapes, yellow bananas and purple looking bunches of grapes. They are meant to be biscuits which they are and slightly crunchy and infused with a slight fruity flavour. They look nice and are of great paw holding size and give off no fragrance at all.

            Not only are these of course meant to taste nice to our pets but they are meant to contain essential vitamins and minerals to keep them in tip top health and for helping to keep teeth in short and good condition. I had high hopes for these but Colin did not.

            The first thing that happened was in his disgust he threw one out of the cage then sat glaring at me. I tried to coax him to try one though he simply ran off and went back to bed on me! Not once has he sank his nashers into one of these and I can't work out whether he simply doesn't like hard food and treats that are hard work to naw on or that he don't like the flavour but I gave up on these and binned the lot eventually in disgust.

            Colin seriously has an aversion to these so I can't recommend them though if your pet likes crunchy treats at the price they are at you can purchase them as they are not going to break the back if you are not successful with them!

            Available in all good pet stores and shops.

            This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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