My new husband and I came back from honeymoon with 2 Russian dwarf hamsters. We went to pets at home to get them all equipped for their new lives in our family.
Because they were already being fed on this muesli we decided not to upset them too much by changing everything about their normal lives. They were already being taken from the home they knew after all.
So we got a bag knowing we could trust it to not give our new pets the runs or any such nasties.
After the first couple of weeks we realised that they were leaving certain bits from their food bowl. I guess they have their likes and dislikes when it comes to food just like us humans. The things they dislike are left and thrown out so we do end up wasting some of the bag which is an obvious disadvantage.
However I do continue to buy it along with another pets at home feeding product to make sure they are getting everything they need for a nutritious diet. The reason for this is that I trust this brand and I think that is important because we don't want to give our furry friends something that we aren't sure of where it came from or how it was produced.
It comes in a fully sealed bag which can be a bit tricky to open, I find the best way is to use scissors other wise you'll end up with a ragged torn bag that is difficult to pour the food out from.
When I first got my Russian Dwarf hamster, we fed him this Pets at Home muesli as we had a free pack in with our cage. He seemed to really enjoy it but unfortunately he got very picky (he was a fan of the yellow flakes!). After speaking to a Pets at Home assistant she confirmed my worry that my hamster may not be getting the full nutrients he needs as he wasn't eating all of the selection. Since then we have switched to the Hamster Nugget pack which works better for our hamster as he doesn't have the option of selective feeding.
I like to vary my Hamster's diet so every now and then I buy a different type of food for him. About once every three months I buy Hamster muesli from Pet's At Home.
The hamster muesli comes in a thick bag which is made from the same sort of material as the large bags of dog food (sort of a cross between thick paper and cardboard but not quite as stiff as cardboard). The bag is mainly silver in colour and has a picture of a hamster on the front with a purple background behind that hamster. The Pets At Home logo is on the front and underneath is written Hamster Muesli.
A 1kg bag costs £1.49 which is more than affordable but I have to admit that I tend to buy hamster food loose at my local pet store as it is much cheaper doing it this way. I buy this product to add variety to my hamster diet.
About Hamster Muesli
The Pets At Home hamster muesli contains all the essential vitamins and minerals that hamsters need for a healthy and balanced diet.
This muesli contains a balanced blend of cereals and vegetables as well as banana flakes, sunflower seeds, peanuts and various seeds.
This food will help to keep hamsters coat, tummy, teeth and cheeks in a healthy way.
What Does The Muesli Look Like?
The muesli is very bright and certainly looks quite appealing even to me. There are yellow and green biscuits mixed in with the food, as well as loads of sunflowers seeds (my hamster favourites!), lots of peanuts, a fair amount of dried banana flakes and a mixture of various seeds and two other types of dried biscuit (a light brown and large brown).
How Much Do I Feed My Hamster?
Adult hamsters will need between 7-12 grams daily. Hamster do tend to store their food so you will need to ensure you check to se how much food has been stored away to ensure you don't end up overfeeding. A bag of this size normally lasts me around 3 months and I tend to alternate between this food and another one from my local pet store.
I would certainly recommend this food, my hamster really seems to enjoy it, he always picks out the sunflower deeds, peanuts and banana flakes and has a good nibble on them first. He always seems to leave one part of the food which is some sort of seed which I guess he isn't keen on.
My hamster favourite way of eating it is to put the whole contents of his feeding bowl into his pouch and then empty it into his store when he then picks out his favourite bits.
I think the food is fairly well priced, especially considering that you are buying from a 'named' Pet shop. However, having said that, I think that compared to other pet shops in my area, this food is fairly expensive. I like to buy this food to add variety to my hamster diet and this is one of the only brands of food that seems to include the banana flakes which he loves so much.
A spontaneous trip to a Pets at Home store a few months back led to me becoming the owner of a lovely Siberian hamster now named Frank. I had no intention of purchasing another animal at the time but as soon as he caught my eye I instantly fell in love him and knew I wouldn't be able to leave the store without him. I hadn't owned any sort of rodent as a pet since I was about seven so I was at a bit of loss as to what I needed to buy for him. Fortunately the staff members were very helpful and told me Frank was currently fed on this hamster muesli and it would be wise to keep him on it. So that's what I did.
A 1kg bag of this is costs £2.39 but is also available as a 4kg bag costing £5.09. I purchased the 1kg bag just under three months ago and I'd say there's still roughly two or three weeks worth of food left in it so this muesli doesn't exactly break the bank.
The packaging is a simple, a colourful plastic bag containing all the information about the muesli you could need along with a cute little picture of a white hamster hanging from a rope and holding a spoon. The bag is easy to open without spilling the food everywhere and allows easy access for you to scoop up a bowl full of food.
The muesli itself seems to be decent quality. The packaging states this this food provides all the vitamins and minerals needed to keep hamsters fit and healthy. Given that Frank is currently doing the monkey bars across the top of his cage as I write this, I'm guessing that much is true! The muesli is a mixture of seeds, nuts, fruit and vegetables giving your hamster a variety of foods which, I imagine, is not only tasty but also provides a good and balanced diet. As advised by the Pets at Home staff, I tend to mix this up with some hamster nuggets to ensure Frank is getting a fully balanced diet.
Overall I'd recommend this hamster food. It's excellent value for money and of good quality. It looks a lot better than the stuff I've seen available in supermarkets and I doubt I'll ever feed Frank anything else. Given that his food bowl is always empty when I got to refill it, I don't he'll mind!
I recently purchased a new Syrian hamster from Pets at Home and was advised to also purchase the Pets at Home muesli. This is the food that the store feed their hamsters on, and by keeping their diet the same it helps prevent the hamster getting an upset tummy. (Slight side note, it is advised if you want to change the food you give to your hamster you should introduce it slowly over a week or two.) Seeing as a 1kg bag of hamster muesli cost me £2.39 I figured I would keep him on the same diet of what he was used to already. This is more than some other brands, but considering the variety in the packet and that this one packet should last roughly 100 days... It's a small price to pay for keeping him healthy!
So, what is this 'variety' of tasty treats in the muesli?
There are a number of different things in the packet including dried banana flakes, peanuts, sunflower seeds, hamster pellets (containing lots of good stuff for your hamster), dried peas, wheat, maize, added minerals, as well as a number of other things that I'm sure must look like a feast to my little guy. This variety is something that isn't so prominent in other hamster food brands. I guess there is the down point that your hamster could 'pick out' the bits that they like. Fortunately my hamster seems to enjoy all of it! There is a little note on the packet that suggests if your hamster is a picky eater to try Pets at Home Hamster Nuggets instead to combat this problem.
When in the shop looking for this product, the packet is instantly identifiable. The packet is a bright pink/purple colour with the green Pets and Home logo and a cute little hamster on the front (no mistakes for what animal this food is for), clutching a teaspoon - which is also a nice indicator to roughly how much to give your hamster each day (a heaped teaspoon gives roughly the 7-12 grams recommended per day). There is a lot of useful information on the packet in a concise paragraph outlining basic hamster care.
The only real downside that I have found to this product is the bag that it comes in. It isn't resealable, which I would have thought would have been something useful to have on a product that should last approx 100 days. I have opened a corner of the packet and have to roll down the top of the bag, but being made out of the plasticky material that it is, it keeps unfolding again. Using a peg or something similar however does solve this problem. As a hamster food goes though, this is definitely one I would recommend as it provides all the things your hamster needs to keep him healthy. The variety also means that some things are harder which helps with hamsters teeth as their teeth constantly grow.
It is safe to say that my Syrian hamster Jasper is pretty spoiled as far as hamsters go! I have had a few hamsters in my time but Jasper is by far the favourite (I know I shouldn't say that!) He is so sweet and such a character and will snuggle up with us on the sofa with us and go to sleep, let us kiss him and allsorts! He is like a baby! I know that hamsters do not have a particularly long life span and so I want to do all that I can to make sure that Jasper stays happy and healthy and so I always make sure I give him the pets at home hamster muesli as his food as in my experience it is the best I have seen.
The pets at home muesli comes in a silver and pink paper bag much like a bag of dried dog food I would guess, but smaller. The bag contains 1kg of hamster muesli which is approximately 100 days worth of feed for your pet. The bag features a picture of a Syrian hamster on the front as well as the product name and the pets at home name too. We are told that the muesli is a complete pet food for healthy hamsters.
Inside the bag there is muesli which would look like a feast to hamsters I would imagine! There are toasted pea flakes, maize flakes, sunflower seeds, peanuts and various other things which seem to be nice for a hamster! What I like about this muesli is that it also contains dried banana flakes which I haven't seen in any other muesli and Jasper just adores these! They are pretty big though and it can be amusing watching him try and work out whether it is best to try and stuff the flake in to his pouch or try and just carry it up to his bedroom where he stashes all the good stuff!
It is nice to know that in this muesli there are vitamins and minerals which are designed to help keep Jasper healthy and happy but that it is also going to be tasty for him. Jasper always takes all of the food put in his bowl and then hides it in his bedroom for when he fancies it but I would say he really does enjoy this food as there is often only a few pellets left. Touch wood, Jasper has never shown any signs of being under the weather and I would hope that this is something to do with him getting a good quality diet with this muesli. It is designed to give them a healthy immune and digestive system as well as a shiny coat and I can honestly say it seems to be working for my Jasps.
Obviously as hamsters are only little they don't need much food and you should just give them between seven and twelve grams per day but I would say you will soon get to know your hamster and see if they are wasting food or possibly still feeling a bit hungry. It is important not to overfeed your hamster though as they may then develop health problems.
You can buy this muesli from pets at home stores for £2.39 which is good value considering the amount of feeds you are going to get from this.
Thank you for reading my review!
This sounds dreadful - but sometimes I forget we have a hamster in the house! This is because he lives peacefully and quietly in my 20 year old daughter's bedroom where he is well looked after and thus keeps a low profile (unlike our noisy dogs who inhabit the ground floor).
This is a Russian Dwarf hamster called Seth ( named after Seth MacFarlane , creator of Family Guy) and he is a friendly character who has bags of personality, a strict routine and is very neat and tidy in his posh cage.
He loves his food and seems to spend a good amount of time both organising it into piles and then eating it at a later date. One product he really enjoys is Pets at Home Muesli but not just for breakfast.
The 1 kg bag my daughter recently bought cost her £1.99 and as Seth only has about 10g per day (bless!) it lasts at least 3 months.
The pack is as shown in the picture and is easy to spot because it is a rather girly pink and silver bag which needs to be cut open and cannot be sealed. My daughter finds it keeps much fresher if the product is decanted into a sealable container and she uses a scoop to ensure the contents are not only well mixed but are also easier to add to one his many bowls in his cage.
I was expecting it to smell manky when she first showed me the contents but it barely smells at all to the human nose. It contains grains, banana flakes, seeds, nuts and apple flakes - not dissimilar to our muesli I guess. The colours look attractive and each bit is identifiable by appearance.
The texture is hard and crunchy which is good for hamsters' health plus contain all the vitamins and minerals that hamsters apparently need. I was also surprised how little 'crap' was in this bag - I have seen cheaper products which seemed to have been bulked up with cereal. pellets and goodness-knows-what, but this muesli seems to contain just what it states on the pack.
There is a good amount to read on the reverse and appears to have written by a real hamster-lover. It basically gives you all the information you need on how much to feed your hamster, what ingredients are included and why, general care plus a website address and telephone number. It is all written in a clear and well-constructed manner which is both adult and child-friendly without being condescending.
I love watching Seth sorting out the bits from this muesli. He organises the banana flakes, nuts and apple bits first into piles, then transfers these to his eating area returning to collect the other bits which he fills his pouches with - amazing to watch and very time -consuming for him.
I would recommend this muesli because it is a fair price, there is virtually no waste (just a little powder/ dusting)
where you reach the bottom of the bag, it seems to contain much of what a hamster needs, it does not smell and, best of all, Seth actually likes this although he is a fussy eater!
5 stars from my daughter, myself and out trouble-free rodent.
There are plenty of varieties of food for your hamsters bowl out there, but ever since getting my hamster ten months ago, I have stuck to Pets At Home Hamster Muesli. I found that sometimes my hamster can be quite fussy, and enjoys a bit of variety in his diet, and so by changing to a muesli, which as those who have muesli for breakfast would know, is full of a mixture of healthy food items. This helped me to realise that this product is ideal for him. A 1kg bag of food costs around £1.49. Although this is a little more expensive than other brands I have tried in the past, have a peer inside at the high quality and money is suddenly no object. Seeing as this is a Pets At Home product, the Pets At Home stores are the only places you will be able to pick this up.
This product is packaged in a pink and silver bag, which is mixed with paper and carboard to keep it reinforced. Seeing as the packaging is also very strong, this means that there should not be a danger of it ripping at the bottom. However, I was slightly disappointed that this bag is not resealable. In order to get to the food, you will have to cut open the top with a pair of scissors. In order to keep it fresh and to stop the food from escaping, I would advise to either tightly roll down the stop (I add selotape to mine to keep it defintely stuck down), or find a resealable container to store it in. The packaging is adorned with a large photograph of a cute hamster, so it is easily identifable what animal this food belongs to. For those concious on what ingredients this food contains, they are found on the back of the bag.
This Hamster Muesli combines dried fruit, such as bananas, with nuts, seeds and grains. This gives your hamster a bit of a variety at their meal times, and the tougher pieces help to keep their teeth filed down. From looking at my hamster, it appears he definitely enjoys this food, and I often see him nibbling contently on a dried banana flake, or a peanut in particular. I found that Chibi, my little hamster, like many others, is a selective and fussy eater. He tends to pick out his favourite parts of the muesli in his bowl rather than select any of it, which is a little annoying at times,as some of what he is leaving is the most beneficial to his health. Therefore in order to combat this, I try to select what I am putting in his bowl from the food bag, rather than just pour it all in randomly. Chibi then picks up anything when he realises he has already gobbled up all his favourite pieces. This food is full of a range of vitamins, which help to keep your little furry friend happy and healthy.
I was pleased that I picked up a 1kg bag, as it is of a large size, and has lasted a very long time. In fact, I am still on the same 1kg bag that I bought right at the beginning of my ownership of Chibi! He is the only syrian hamster I have, so therefore I am able to make this last a lot longer than people with more hamsters would.
So, should you buy this muesli for your hamster? Definitely! Not only has the bag lasted a very long time, my hamster absolutely loves this food. It is full of essential vitamins which will help to keep your hamster healthy and happy. There is also a lot of variety in this food, which should stop your hamster getting bored with what you are choosing to feed them. I have no doubts that your hamster will take to at least one bit of this food, but be warned-if your hamster is a bit of a selective eater, you may find that they are only picking up their favourite pieces. For instance, my hamster mainly fills his cheeks with the dried banana flakes and peanuts. If you can get your hamster to eat the majority of the pieces on offer, then this provides a healthy choice of food for them.
I have had four Roborovski hamsters from pets at home, when I brought my first two I was recommended by the shop assistant to buy the hamster muesli as it is what they had been being fed on, a change could upset there tummy's. So this is what I did buy and still do for my current hamsters Poppy and Lilly. They love the muesli and will not eat anything else, as I discovered last year when I ran out and had to buy them some from wilko's. They literally went running to there bowls had a sniff and walked away!
The muesli comes in a purple and silver thick paper 1kg bag. On the front of the bag there is a picture of a cute hamster and the pets at home logo, as well as some basic content information.
On the back and sides of the packet you can find more detailed nutritional information and some care advice for your hamster which is great for new pet owners.
The feeding guide suggests you feeding your hamster between 7g-12g per day. I have fussy hamsters and there are bits of the food that they always leave so I empty there bowls every day and re-fill them, the bag still lasts a couple of months though so its excellent value at £1.99 per 1kg bag.
The muesli itself contains a wide range of different flakes and seeds as well as Peanuts, Apple, Grape and Banana. My hamsters love Banana and when a piece is in there food bowl everything else becomes discarded until the Banana is gone.
Pets at Home hamster muesli is great value and the perfectly balanced food to keep my little Poppy and Lilly happy and healthy. I will not consider buying any other hamster food while this is still available.
After trying a few different hamster foods for my son's hamster Chip we have eventually settled on the Pets At Home hamster muesli and with a 1kg bag costing just £1.99 I decided that it was a very reasonable price and it looked like it would contain good quality ingredients. Also, I have read a few reviews on Pets At Home products now and so decided that while stocking up for the dogs I would see what hamster products they had available.
This muesli comes provided in a large paper bag which is silver and pink. My son commented that it was a colour for girls but once he saw the food inside he was alright as it looked like it was suitable for Chip. Obviously we would transfer the food to a large plastic tub so that Chip wouldn't be upset with the feminine packaging as he is most definitely a boy!
Each day Chip eats around 10g which is the average for a hamster apparently which means that we get a food 2-3 months out of this large bag of food. I do find that Chip throws food around his cage and makes little piles everywhere which means that some of this gets wasted when my son cleans out his cage because we don't want to spend too much time picking around it and we don't know how much of it is clean or dirty so it's better to waste a little rather than leave it to rot in the cage.
There is a fantastic array of seeds and different flakes including banana & apple flakes. My son loves looking at all the different products and trying to name them, also, he seems to think that Chip has a different favourite each and every day! I must admit that Chip likes to have a good rummage through the bowl everyday when we fill it up and he seems to pick through as if he is looking for something particular each day. There are lots of different sized pieces in this muesli and it gives lots of variety. This is not the only food product that Chip has in his cage, he has mineral blocks and a few other things I picked up in our local pet store but this is his main substance. Chip seems to really enjoy this and he often has his little cheeks stuffed to the brim with this food.
I would definitely recommend this as it's a little more expensive than some of the products available but it works out at least than £1 each month that we use this. Chip seems to really like the food that we give him and that makes us feel good knowing that he is well looked after! I would definitely recommend this if you have a hamster or other small pet as it's got lots of variety and helps to look after Chip's teeth and general wellbeing.
The easy part in Pets & Home was picking my hamster. I went to get one, met Colin and it was love at first sight. I thought I was prepared. I had a cage, a bowl and a water bottle ready but in the sheer wonderment of picking my very own furry best mate I forgot about the practicalities of things and the shop assistant who handed Colin over said have you got bedding and food and stuff ready? I was then in a total panic. I was about to sign on the dotted line to bring him home and had nothing really so I ran round the shop grabbing anything I could think he needed which mounted up to about £50.00!
One of the things I picked up and got the thumbs up about from said assistant was this choice of food for him. He had already been being fed on it and Pets At Home do believe it to be a great food and had I of wanted to feed him something else it can be dodgy as a sudden change of diet can give them the trots!
The bag is brown paper on the inside and bright pink and silver on the outside. I am told on the front of it that it is Pets At Home Hamster Muesli 'A complete pet food for healthy hamsters' and that it is a 1kg bag and therefore provides 100 days feed (ish), contains real banana flakes and provides balanced nutrition and there is a photograph of a rather cute and healthy looking hamster on there. On the back of the bag other information given includes being told a bit about the product, a feeding guide, ingredients and a nutritional chart is given and contact details for Pets At Home are listed. It's an easy to open bag though you can't reseal it so for freshness I did buy a cereal container to store it in.
What you get in here is a great mix of toasted pea and maize flakes, soy flakes, oatfeed, peanuts, sunflower seeds, grass, whole maize, apple, grape and banana flakes. The mix of colour is interesting looking, the pieces are of all different shapes, textures and thickness too.
My hamster loves this food and loves nothing more than when I replace it daily to simply root all the way through it looking for his favourite bits which always seem to be the nuts and large, chunky banana flakes. The food is of course dried as moist food isn't good for small creatures such as Colin as they store it and it can get stuck in their pouches where they hide food. This is good for them as the food helps keep teeth sharp and stop them growing too long, good for the coat with all the healthy oils within it and simply good for their wellbeing. Course you do usually need to supplement a hamster diet with cereal type treats and mineral blocks but all in all both me and Colin are rather pleased with this food. He enjoys eating it and 'I'm very glad he enjoys it and feel I am giving my hamster the very best I possibly can.
Only available in Pets At Home stores priced at £1.99 a bag.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
George, my Syrian Hamster doesnt ask for much out of life. A clean cage, fresh water, the occasional treat and a run around in his ball. He's a happy little hamster and has a personality all of his own.
However, George is quite discerning when it comes to his food. He turns his little nose up at cheap brands of muesli and will not entertain them at all. His preferred brand is "Pets at Home Hamster Muesli" and when compared to other cheaper brands I cant say I blame him.
Pets at Home Hamster Muesli comes in a rather uninspiring grey and purple 1kg bag and costs £1.99. It is a "complete pet food for healthy hamsters" and contains real banana flakes and balanced nutrition. The back of the bag explains that that blend of cereals and vegetables helps to keep a healthy coat and is good for hamsters tummies and will not hurt teeth or cheeks.
When you open the bag you are met with large flakes of muesli, naturally coloured they remind me of cornflakes but slightly smaller. Peanuts, apple, grape and banana flakes are plentiful and unlike other cheaper brands the mixture stays the same all the way down the bag. There are no nasty or of-putting aromas from the bag, it simply contains flake after flake of muesli and natural goodness for your hamster to enjoy.
George loves this stuff and especially likes to pick out the banana flakes first, he forages into his bowl selecting these pieces of goodness then runs to the opposite corner of his cage to store them for later.
The ingredients listed on the bag are: Toasted pea flakes, wheat, toasted maize flakes, wheatfeed, toasted soya flakes, oatfeed, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sunflower extract, grass, whole maize, apple, grape, banana flakes, vitamins & minerals, vegetable oil, syrup, lucerne, linseed, carob meal. With antioxidant: EC additive.
It is recommended to feed your hamster 7-12g daily and a 1kg bag lasts us for ages.
Available from Pets at Home only, priced at £1.99 - slightly more than supermarket brands but well worth the extra pennies for the amount of flakes and added extras.
To conclude then, if its good enough for George then thats good enough for me.
5/5 (from George)
This food is fine for Syrian hamsters, i feed it to mine and they do love the variety, you have to be incredibly careful though as they can be picky. I also have a Russian Dwarf, and it should be noted they are prone to diabetes, so any food that contains fruit (as this contains apple and banana) should really be avoided to be safe, these fruit can be used as treats, but when i tried this i noticed my hamster would eat these first, so i switched his food. You can find food specifically for Dwarf hamsters, i believe pets at home sell one too, so try that out. Other than that issue, i think this food is a decent price, and my Syrian does like it!
I recently got a hamster from Pets At Home, along with the cage, bedding and food. The assistant in the shop recommended this type of food for my Syrian hamster and I wasn't in a position to think that anything else would be better, because I knew very little about the little critters at that point.
I purchased a bag of 1kg for £3.50, and could have bought two for £5 but at the time I thought it wouldn't be worth it as I didn't know whether my hamster would like it or not. I'm quite glad I did only buy one bag as in the end my hamster doesn't seem to like ALL of the mix.
The are around 10-12 different items that you can see in the mix, ranging from dried banana (definite hit with mine! always goes first!) to little pellets that resemble dried cat food. I suppose the variety is a good thing because it allows your hamster to decide which they would like to eat, but leads to quite a lot of wastage as she only has the ones she likes and in the end we only use around half the pack. The next time I bought her food, I bought one that didn't have such variety because I couldn't bear to see the wastage.
It should also be noted that this isn't all you should give your hamster... it's also nice to give them a few fresh bits (as I said, mine LOVES banana) so spice up their lives a bit. It is good value for money I suppose because that pack last us two months but I suspect it's better to give this to your new hamster to find out what their specific tastes are, rather than as a prolonged diet.
I recently got 2 Russian Dwarf hamsters from pets at home so decided to purchase this as their daily food, and have been using it ever since. Maybe because it's just easy to get it but my hamsters seem to like it too.
Some it that is, my hamters only seem to eat the seed, nuts and Banana chunks, for some reason they really don't like the little dog discuit type things, nor do they like the yellow crispy stuff whatever that is!
Occasionally they'll eat some lettuce too, they must eat most of it since every day I go back to feed them none of their food is left, so they must eat it but they always eat the nuts and seeds first.
It's cheap as well, £3/4 for a good 70 days or so of food and I like to give my hamsters a nice big nut if i feel i've neglected them or something as a treat, they seem to appreciate it.