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Manufacturer: Rotastak / Type: Small Pet Food

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      20.09.2011 23:58
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      A small treat for your small pet

      We've kept guinea pigs for about ten years now, and currently have one called Rosie who has felt a bit lonely since her friend Poppy died the other month. So we've been giving Rosie lots of attention and treats to make her feel a bit better. I am often astounded by the lack of treat products available to buy for small animals, considering they are a popular first pet for children. I find that you really are limited to chocolate drops, dried fruit pieces or seeded sticks. Nonetheless, I picked up these Nibble Sticks in Tesco for 74p the other week - a product we've tried before and didn't have much success with (more about that later!) - but decided to give it a go anyway...

      The packaging is very appealing and definitely jumps out at you on the shelf. The Nibble Sticks come in a small rectangular box which contains three sticks. The box is mainly red with yellow bands on the top and bottom, and is recognisable by the Rotasticks green logo at the top. The product description sits above three cartoon rodents which i recon would appeal to young children wanting to feed their pets! I liked the fact this product had a transparent window where the consumer can see the quality of the product inside. Upon opening, the three sticks are secured in a typical plastic packet to keep the contents fresh inside.

      The three sticks are displayed on a plastic hook which means you can hang the treat up in the animals cage or hutch and it becomes a game for them. This is a real bonus as well because it means the stick won't get lost in the hay or sawdust! They measure around 10 x 2 x 2.5cm so i think it would be quite a large treat for a dwarf hamster but perfect for a rabbit or guinea pig! The sticks do not have a distinctive smell, which i kind of expected because rodents often smell the food before they see it! The sticks are dry with a coating to keep the ingredients together i would imagine. You can see that the treats contain natural, wholesome ingredients just by looking at the stick, but to clarify, it contains a mixture of seeds and vegetable pieces including peas, sweetcorn and carrot. I don't normally get the chance to feed my guinea pig such a varied amount of ingredients... she seems pretty happy with fresh grass, cucumber and kale most of the time... so it was nice to give her something new!

      So do the animals like it?! Well, as i mentioned before, i tried these on my first guinea pig and he seemed to like the taste of the red plastic more than the bar itself. In fact, i got pretty worried that he had harmed himself by eating it... but he went on to live for 8 years so it can't have done him much damage!! However... the other day, i gave one to Rosie and she sat there eating the actual bar for about half an hour, so she clearly loved it. Eventually, she gave up and we took the bar away because on the packet it says feed as a treat, not part of their daily diet. I definitely think she enjoyed the new ingredients.

      I would say that these bars would last around three months if you only put it in their cage once a week like i do, so you definitely get your moneys worth out of these! Yes, you could make your own using the ingredients but it would cost you a hell of a lot more! You can buy them from all good pet food retailers or general supermarkets like i did. They are suitable for all small animals including: rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice and rats. I would recommend trialing them with your small animal but keep an eye on their response. If they start eating the plastic like mine did they are probably not a great idea. Furthermore, if they become irritated by it being in the way (i.e. headbutting it) it is probably best to take it out their cage or hutch and keep the peace haha! If Rosie could talk she'd give it five stars, but i'm going to deduct a few based on the fact it is clearly not to the taste of all small animals. I really think the hook should be made of something edible and less harmful to the pets too!

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        09.08.2011 11:34
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        I would feed occasionally, with caution!

        I picked up a pack of these Rotastak nibble sticks last weekend with my shopping, for only 74p in Tesco. I rarely buy things like this, as I make my own treats to hang in cages and such, but I thought 'Why not?' since they were less than £1.

        They come in a red and yellow cardboard box, containing 3 treat bars. The bars inside are further wrapped in a plastic bag. The box is very cute, with cartoon rodents looking very eager to get their paws on one of these bars! They are marketed for rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice and rats. The box has a cut out section in the front, giving you a glimpse of the product inside. I think this is a good idea as disappointingly, there are no ingredients listed on the packaging at all. I really dislike this, as most responsible pet owners will probably want to know what they are feeding their pets. I do anyway.

        The only info given is that they contain "wholesome ingredients", "natural energy sources, essential carbohydrates and fibre". They do clearly state this is a complementary pet food and should be fed as a treat only.

        So, having seen the product through the cut out I was able to determine it was primarily seeds and bits of vegetable (carrot, sweetcorn, peas), all bound together with something sweet (no idea what though, and this is the main thing I am unhappy about). So I felt reasonably happy giving one to my rats and one to my hamster, but I did not give one to my dwarf hamster, as they are prone to diabetes so shouldn't be given sugary things. Since I don't know exactly what these bars contain, I am unable to make an informed decision. The bars themselves are approx 10cm x 3cmx 1.5cm and have a red plastic strip through them with a hook on the end allowing you to attach it to the cage bars. This hook is quite small though and I struggled to get it around the bars of my rat cage; the cage is very large and as such the bars are thicker. I did get there in the end though, and attaching to the hamster cage was much easier.

        They certainly went down a treat. Later on the same day I put it in the rat cage, I noticed they had almost finished it! Of course, they do hoard their food so they won't be getting another one for a while, as they will have been eating bits of it for a few days afterward. They were very interested when I put it in there too, climbing up and frantically trying to get their paws around it, testing it with their teeth then, I imagine, chewing bits off and rushing to their nest to hide them. Similar behaviour was seen with the hamster, although he is housed alone so it will last him a lot longer!

        To be honest, I am unsure I would freely recommend them, as the worry is that this sort of food will be fed far too often. I think without knowing full ingredients I would only use this as a very occasional treat, and stick to making things myself or using products that list ingredients. They were a very decent price though, and the 3 good sized bars should last ages if you have a single small furry to feed them to.

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          19.07.2011 02:58
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          Great as an occasional treat

          I have written other reviews on hamster products, and am always buying my little Syrian little treats here and there. I have a nice little collection of various treats in his hamster box (yes, I have a box with all his stuff in). These nibble sticks are one of the things in the box.

          I bought these carrot nibble sticks from Tesco, for about 75p for a packet of three. They come in a mostly red cardboard box, which has a 'window' cut out of it so you can see the bars inside. The bars are then also sealed in a plastic wrapper to keep them nice and fresh.

          The treats themselves look a little bit like a cereal bar. Lots of little yummy bits of goodness all 'stuck' together. 'Packed with wholesome ingredients, Rotastak treat bars contain natural energy sources, essential carbohydrates and fibre to keep your pet in peak condition and provide a tasty treat too!'

          These bars also have a little plastic hook built into them so you can attach it to the cage should you so wish - and I do do this as Kovo tends to like moving things around, and I didn't want him getting it stuck in one of the tubes that goes between levels in his cage. To get any of the individual pieces off of the bar Kovo really has to get his teeth stuck in - great for helping to keep them worn down. He doesn't seem to like the things I've put in his cage specifically for gnawing on so I have had to find other things to help wear his teeth down. these bars are one of the things I give him on occasion.

          As with any treats, you have to be careful about over feeding your pet. If I have put one of these in the cage Kovo doesn't get any extra treats that I give him otherwise, such as his little hamster chocolate buttons, etc. The packaging on all the treats I've ever bought has advised on what amounts would be appropriate. As this treat is a bar I can put it in his cage and it will last a little while, a few days or so. I have also noticed that sometimes he'll bite a load of the pieces off, and then go stash them, so I always keep an eye on what he actually has in his cage, not just what is still on the plastic hook! It can be hard to gauge how much he is eating - harder than if I am counting out a set number of smaller treats. And remember, it's nice to treat your pet, but ensure that you are giving them a balanced diet and they are getting all the good stuff that they need.

          I think Kovo would recommend these bars, so I will recommend them on his behalf. They contain stuff that is good for him, and give him something to gnaw on. The fact that he has to gnaw away and work to get what he wants also means that the bars are keeping him occupied. At only about 75p for a pack of three, these are also quite cheap to buy.

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            08.06.2011 01:25
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            A great buy which i find myself now buying every week.

            As you already will know if you have read any previously read my reviews, i love to spoil my rabbit Peter. I am currently trying out all different types of treats for Peter as i have only had him for about four weeks. However these Carrot nibble sticks were the first treat i decided to buy for him.

            I bought the first packet of these from Asda and they was a great bargain of 73p. I also know that they sell them in Tesco for a similar price as i have purchased a few packets of these since i have had Peter as i have found he adores them. The Carrot Nibble sticks come in a a bright red and yellow cardboard box which contains 95g. It also has cartoon pictures of a Guinea Pig, Mouse and Rabbit on. Also the box has the Rotastak logo at the top and also the title of the product. There is a cut out area in the box so that you can then see through the plastic bag what the Nibble sticks actually look like! The Carrot nibble sticks are covered with a plastic bag, this keeps the treats nice and fresh for your pet! Also the box states that these treats are suitable for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Gerbils, Mice and Rats. The back of the box also has a lot of information on telling you how to contact the manufacturer. Also it states what the Treat bars contain.

            What do the Carrot Nibble sticks contain?
            The back of the box states that these treats are 'Packed with wholesome ingredients, Rotastak treat bars contain natural energy sources, essential carbohydrates and fibre to help keep your pet in peak condition and provide a tasty treat too'. Could you possibly ask for much more for your pet? This is a tasty treat which at the same time is healthy!

            The treat bars have a red plastic hook coming from the inside of the treat. I found this was very useful as i was then able to hook the treat onto Peters cage for when he was inside it so it could hang whilst he ate it.
            The treat bars themselves are a oblong shape and are basically made up of different seeds and flakes of carrot, you could say they look like a human cereal bar! They look extremely healthy.

            'They'll go to any length to get their paws on one!!'
            This statement is on the front of the box! I could not agree any more! Peter absolutely adores these treats, in fact right now whilst i am sat looking at the box whilst writing my review he keeps coming having a sniff around and begging for one. I can guarantee if i put one of these Nibble sticks in Peters cage that it will be the first thing he goes too and is all almost gone over night. They are certainly his favorite treat i have bought so far. Which is great as they are full of wholesome ingredients.

            I would certainly recommend these to anyone who has a pet rabbit. It is a great way of your pet getting its nutrients and keeping in peak condition especially if they are fussy with other treats or foods which may do the same. They are certainly worth a try for a bargain of 73p.


            Thank you for reading my review.

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              18.11.2010 07:38
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              I have never really been a pet person, preferring to concentrate on cleaning up the mess my two ids make, without to start cleaning and looking after pets too, so after my husband (in his infinite wisdom!) decided to buy our children a guinea pig each, I wasn't too over the moon!

              After a few days however they have quite changed my mind, and I know call them "the babies", with them getting the love and attention that any other would do in my house, with the treats being the same too, hence this review!

              The product I will now review is -"Rotastak - 3x carrot nibble sticks".

              Now I initially purchased these just for the fact they enjoy carrots so much, so was hoping these would go down as well, which thankfully they did!

              After reading the back of the box, these are suitable for guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice and rats.

              The three bars (to me anyway!), look like very seedy cereal bars, shaped into an oblong shape, complete with a plastic hanging hook, this not only gives the animals something to eat treat wise, but keeps the food of the floor where they obviously have to "do their business" but also makes them work for their food, meaning they get less bored, giving them something to play with.

              Although there are no lists of exactly what these bars contain, there is a vast array f seeds and nuts, with of course the added carrot and what I can only assume as honey or some type of shiny gelling agent to hold it all together, needless to say these are meant to compliment a small animals diet, providing essential fibre and carbohydrates for general health and well being, but should only be given once a week, anymore may upset the animals tummies and counter the good effects intended.

              The last thing is obviously with how hard the nibble bar is, this is perfect for helping smaller animals to gnaw the teeth down, with this being essential as small animals teeth keep growing, my two chomble so much to grind their teeth down, that it looks like they are actually holding conversations with each other!

              Price wise these are available from around the £1.00 mark, and can be [purchased from any good pet shop, or from Asda which is where I get mine, with there being two "flavours" available.

              These are a lovely addition to the babies feeding times, and they really enjoy them, with one being eaten within an hour!

              Thanks for reading x

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                13.08.2010 14:21
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                Tried and tested and Colin says NO!

                When it comes to my hamster I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoy spoiling him and buying him things. I love buying him treats and I actually pop them in a cupboard so don't think I overfeed him and give him treats all the time....cos I quite simply don't and I think everything should be in moderation and Colin is a fat hamster as it is with a healthy diet of hamster muesli without making him even fatter lol.

                I purchased these in Tesco costing about a pound a box which I thought was excellent for three treat sticks of this type. On the box I am told that these are suitable for rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice and rats the sticks comes in a bright red and yellow box with cartoon pictures of pets drawn on and I am told that they are Rotastak Carrot Nibble Sticks and that the box contains 3 treat bars and that 'they'll go to any lengths to get their paws on one!!' Other information on the back of the box includes being told a bit about the treats and that the weight is 95g (for the box of 3 of course) and contact details for Armitages Pet Products limited (the manufacturer of the product) are listed. Nice informative box this is and the 3 treats inside are wrapped by clear plastic to seal in the freshness.

                A Bit About The Product According To The Information Listed On The Back Of The Box:

                Contains 3 delicious treat bars especially for rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice and rats.

                Packed with wholesome ingredients, Rotastak treat bars contain natural energy sources, essential carbohydrates and fibre to help keep your pet in peak condition and provide a tasty treat too! Complementary pet food for small animals. Feed as a treat.

                The Treat Bars:

                To me they look like really expensive human cereal bars...really natural and long and oblong in shape though these do have a small red plastic hook to one end of them so you can hang them in a cage if you want to.

                They are hard, very textured and multi coloured. Beige and brown seeds with little black dots of something, what appears to be green lentils and flakes of carrots, they have no smell that I can detect but I like the look of them.

                However once again me and Colin the hamster are at odds. Whilst I would prefer him to eat something nice and natural and full of goodness such as this, he would prefer to eat his paper bedding which I have now had to confiscate. I have had one of these hanging in his cage a week and he hasn't so much as even sniffed it. Colin does like this type of munchy stick as well so either he's being awkward or just doesn't like em cos he will eat the sweet ones...just not these!

                Another thing tried and tested by us but sadly Colin won't play ball and this is hitting the bin later today and getting replaced with something he will appreciate....hopefully!

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

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