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A few weeks ago I returned from work to find my two Dumbo Rats, Bob and Dylan, dead in the bottom of their cage. Not only were they both suddenly dead but given Dylan only had half a body left it was pretty clear Bob had gone off her rat nuggets before she died too, a pretty distressing find. What happened I have no idea, earlier that day they were running around perfectly fine but it did happen all the same and I was left feeling pretty down in the dumps.
Frankly the only thing that ever cheers me up is animals so when a fortnight down the line I found out a friend of a friend was looking to rehome four Degus I decided that is what would cheer me up! I've had my eye on Degus for a while now as I just find them beautiful and lovely to watch but setting them up is quite expensive so I decided against it. But when someone offers you a four baby Degus and very large practically brand new cage for £40 when you're looking to fill a rodent void, it'd be rude not too really. (This girl decided she didn't have the time for them a mere two weeks after getting them)!
I took a trip to Pets At Home to buy my new Degus all the food, toys and treats they could want which (finally) brings me to the point of this review, Excel Nature Snacks Dandelion Rolls. Finding treats for Degus is rather difficult as they cannot eat sugar, natural or otherwise, so they're only left with the natural type foods such as dandelion.
I bought my pack of four Dandelion Rolls from Pets At Home costing £2.69 which is about what I would expect to pay for such a product. The packet states these are suitable for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and Chinchillas although I had been advised by a man in a different pet store that any food product suitable for Chinchillas will also be suitable for Degus and, after a glance at the ingredients list (dried grass, dried dandelion and vegetable fibres), I added a packet to my basket.
The rolls are simply lots of dried grass rolled up in dried dandelion and are about an inch thick and 7inch long. They don't really smell of anything and just look very healthy and natural more than anything else!
I popped one stick into their cage and watched the first Degu (I'm still undecided on names!) run straight to the front of the cage to grab it and start gnawing away at it. Then Degu number two comes along and a fight breaks out between them to get it! So another went in their cage and, after a couple of minutes, I gave up and ended up putting all four in there and they certainly loved them! Within ten minutes these rolls were completely gone so I shall certainly be buying these again.
These treats are great for small pets. They're natural, healthy and, I assume, tasty. The treats allow your small animal to gnaw away whilst the dandelion aids aids urinary tract health. These also seem like a bit of a boredom breaker too as all four of my Degus were running around and chomping away of these and just seemed quite pleased with them really! Despite them costing over £2 and lasting about ten minutes, I'd still recommend these to anyone with a small pet as I feel they're completely worth the price.
This review is also on my ciao account under the username alexcatt97. Burgess excel rolled grass with dandelion would usually be something I would walk past on the shelves just because I didnt know it was there. When I has a closer look at the shelves at my local pets at home store I picked on of these up and was impressed. I had definitely heard of the brand before and knew that they were known for good pet food and treats but the thing that really caught my eye with this product was the dandelion. When I put my guinea pigs in their run in my garden the first things they will go for to graze are the dandelion leave, they love them. Knowing that guinea pigs love dandelion leaves, this product was a must buy in my opinion. The packet consists of 4 rolled snacks consisting of grass and dandelion.
Another thing that really impressed me about this product and made me want to buy it was the additional health benefits that it has too it. There are many good things about this treat which make it very beneficial to the guinea pig. Firstly they are high in fibre which is an important and beneficial part of their diet, the dandelion aids urinary tract health which is something I previously didn't know and obviously quite beneficial. It also says that it provides emotional and social enrichment to keep animals happy which again is very beneficial. Also something that I look out for in some of the treats I buy is that they don't have artificial ingredients although most don't and neither do these containing 100% natural ingredients which is always a bonus.
===Guinea pig enjoyment===
A treat can be really healthy and beneficial to an animal but for them to really be a good purchase, your pet has to actually like the taste of them and actually think of them as a treat. My Guinea pigs loved these treats especially as when I put one of them into their feeding bowl, it was only one sniff at them before they were digging into it and even fighting over it so that they could have more of it than the other one and within around a minute the treat was gone and the guinea pigs were squeaking for more but the packaging advised to only give one a day so they were left disappointed and I wanted to save them otherwise they would all be gone really quickly especially as I only had 4 so I would prefer it if there was a larger pack available. Also unusually my guinea pigs never really like treats which is weird but when they dug into these so quickly I was very pleased and figured there must be something really good about these treats for them to actually eat them.
===Value for money===
The price that I paid for these treats in pets at home was £2.69 which I think is a bit expensive for only 4 of the rolls but I couldn't resist buying them and I was very satisfied with them and I believe that so were my guinea pigs so I was not disappointed on value for money even though they are more expensive than most other treats you see on the shelves. I would definitely recommend these to any guinea pig owner who is looking for a good treat that their pets will love.
Overall my guinea pigs love them, they prevent boredom while inside their hitch, you are able to bond with your pets better when feeding them personally with the treats and they are a beneficial and healthy treat for them which in my opinion compliments their diet well so what else could you really want from a treat? Only maybe a larger pack and a slightly cheaper price, then these would be perfect but other than that I cannot find much fault in them.