Product Type: Rotastak small pet food
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Rotastak Nibble Sticks
Member Name: strawberry123
Rotastak Nibble Sticks
Advantages: My guinea pig seemed to love her treat, cheap, last a long time.
Disadvantages: The hook is clearly more interesting for some animals and should be made less harmful/edible.
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!
Summary: A small treat for your small pet
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