“ Brand: Bob Martin / Type: Small pet biscuits „
Over the years I've used many Bob Martin products. The cat's litter tray and scoop is Bob Martin as are the poop scooper bags I use for taking my dog for a walk. When my dog was a little puppy I used Bob Martin training pads and I always flea and worm my dog and cats using Bob Martin products. It's fair to say Bob Martin is a brand I trust. Having said that, aside from the occasional dog bone I'd never seen any Bob Martin animal food products until I recently found a box of these egg biscuits in my local Tesco store so I had to buy a box just to see what they were like!
A 35g box of these egg biscuits cost me 74p from Tesco which I didn't think was a too bad price to pay for treats for my hamster (he normally gets Nature's Nibbles sticks which cost over £2 for three so any treat under £1 is a bargain in my eyes). The treats come in a red cardboard box showing the Bob Martin logo, product name and little description. The treats are described as being 'nutritious and tasty treats for small animals'. On the front is a picture of the treats as well as drawings of various small animals.
The treats for suitable for rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas, rats and mice and contain eggs, flour and natural flavours. Each biscuit also contains 4% fat so it's important to feed these to your animal as a treat and not a meal. Inside the box are five biscuits wrapped in a plastic wrapping. The biscuits are individually held in a cardboard tray which is easy to peel off to reveal the actual treat ready to place in your animals cage. They're a long rectangular treat probably about an inch thick. I don't know why but I was expecting these to be flat so the thickness of these came as a surprise to me and I originally thought they looked far too big to give to my hamster whole. They smell really sweet as well, quite pleasant. The scent of these reminds me of some from of human biscuit but I really cannot think which one! In appearance they resemble little cakes more than biscuits but they're also quite hard and not sponge like.
Turns out I was wrong to think Frank wouldn't be able to get through one of these whole. As soon as I put the treat in his cage he started nibbling away at the corners. At one point he was walking around his cage holding this in his mouth which was very amusing considering these are nearly as long as he is! He absolutely loves these and tends to move it around the cage with him as if he's scared it'll go missing if it's not right by his side at all times. Because these are fairly large it takes him quite a while to munch through one of these as well and I find each one lasts him a couple of days. I'd love to give him another one as soon as he's finished his last one because he really does obviously enjoy these. Unfortunately you can tell these are high in sugar just by smelling them so he gets one a fortnight with a few other treats inbetween. This not only ensures Frank isn't getting fat and unhealthy but also makes the treats last a long longer and I really cannot complain about the price of these at all. They're an absolute must have product for my hamster now and I'm never without a box. I think it's safe to say Frank highly recommends them and this is yet another Bob Martin product that I'm impressed with!
At the moment I have three hamsters. This time last week though I had two Syrians, one of which (Colin) passed away suddenly. Devasted at losing him and only having Trevor left who is also Syrian aged about 4 months old, I went out and bought another 3 hamsters, 2 Russian dwarves called Edna and Doris and a female Syrian called Maud and then two nights later I was holding Edna when she died in my hand so now I'm left with three little mites.
I have a thing for hamsters. At 36 years old I admit to having an obsession with them in fact and I dote on them. I try to give them the best of everything, they all have a posh cage each, lots of toys and I buy the best food and bedding that I can. I am actually known as the mad woman in my local pets at home cos if I could I would fill my home with these cuddly, clever critters and usually have one in a pocket somewhere on my person lol!
One thing I do like buying is treats and I particulary trust the brand that is Bob Martin. Treats for small pets though is a hazard to buy because they seem to be so flipping fussy so to me I expected them to approve of these!
I spotted these in my local pets at home store costing £1.25 for 5 of them and felt that, that was good value for a known brand!
The biscuits come in a red box with a picture of the egg biscuits on the front of it and pictures of hamsters, guinea pig and a rabbit and we are told that they are Bob Martin 'My Little Friend' Egg Biscuits 'Nutritious and tasty treats for small animals' and there is some information listed in foreign languages and the weight of the biscuits is 35g in a box this size for 5 of them (and this is the only size I have seen these available to purchase in when I come to think about it). On the back of the box we are told a bit about the product, ingredients and nutritional values are given and we are told how much to give to a pet and contact details for Bob Martins are given. Inside you get 5 biscuits laid out individully in peachy coloured boxes with no lids to them looking like human biscuits and rather tempting with a slight sweet smell to them!
They pull away from the carboard case they are in each with ease and are finger shaped, golden and baked looking to the top of them and the sides and underneath of the biscuits are a lighter yellow sort of appearing like a sponge cake though it all looks hard and feels it to the touch. I was and still am impressed with the big thick size of these and the idea is to plonk one at a time in a cage making sure that your pet has sufficient water.
Made from whole eggs, wheat, flour and sugar just to name a few ingredients these are suitable for rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas, rats and mice and not only meant to be a treat but are great for teeth and gnawing and they provided much needed protein that they don't normally get just from pet food and fresh vegetables alone.
The response of course from my hamsters have been mixed as they always are. Trevor the largest with the biggest teeth loves these and nibbles it often, Maud used hers as a toilet and took little interest in it further than that so I had to throw hers out in the end and give her another type of treat and my little Russian Dwarf, Doris is simply not interested really in treats and only eats her food when necessary and isn't a wee piglet and is simply very easy to take care of lol!
These do look nice and I will continue to buy them and try to get my lot to indulge in such a healthy snack and for 5 of them I think the price is great. Trev likes em and these things even when nibbled alot don't crumble to nothing and give the pet hard work to nibble as they are so crunchy, I just hope they all don't decided to eat these noisely when I'm watching the soaps any time soon lol!
A decent buy you can buy with confidence in all good pet shops etc.