“ Brand: Vitakraft / Type: Small Pet Food „
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Any guinea pig owner will come to realise that their beloved little furballs have food preferences just like us and this can cause a fair bit of frustration when we end up buying treats that they sniff and ultimately turn their backsides to.
I found these treats when I was doing my bimonthly online shop at Pets at Home and I wanted to buy £30 worth of stuff in order to get free delivery. I typically round it up by buying a small treat for the fusspots to try (some of which the pigs never took to, sigh!) and I thought this one seemed pretty different. The price changes a lot, another review here says he got it for £1.39, the price currently listed on the site is £1.50, though of course it can be lower when there are promotions.
The Rollinis are little hard balls that contain cereals, derivatives of vegetable origin, vegetables, sugar hawkbit, honey and 6% fruit. It also contains added Vitamin C but be mindful that Vitamin C degrades quickly in warm temperatures.
The analytical contents as stated by P@H are: Protein 7.5%, Oils and Fat 2.5% (min), Fibre 4.4% (max), Ash 3% and Moisture 18% (max).
As the above indicates, the rollinis are somewhat high in sugar and oils but free of dodgy additives, so I only share a treat between my pigs about once a month (I hold one between my thumb and forefinger as they eagerly nibble around my digits, it tickles and it's so cute! Plus I like to think I'm bonding with them when I do that.)
I'm very happy with my purchase, I didn't expect my pigs to enjoy it so much considering all the other failed products that I wasted money on. I'll definitely be buying these whenever I need to fill up my basket and I'd recommend that you try them too if you're looking for something new for your wiggly pigs.
This review is also on my ciao account under the username alexcatt97. These treats you can find in a pets at home store for a price around £1.39 for one pack and each pack contains 7 peach flavored treats. They are only for guinea pigs although I have given them to other small animals and it has been find. I had never before seen this brand of treats or used them so I was a bit skeptical whether to buy them but on the shelves they seemed pretty good so I bought a couple of packets. I do not think these treats are widely available in shops as I have only seen them in my local pets at home shop and on their website. The treats themselves look quite different to many other treats I see on the shelves in my opinion and I have included a picture to the review. This made me more optimistic about the product before giving it to my guinea pigs as I was hoping the wouldn't find them boring.
These treats come in a cylinder like shape packet which is blue and green with the brand name in massive font in blue and yellow but from the shelves you would not be able to see what it is, so it doesn't really stand out that much on the shelves. Despite this it does have a part which is clear so that you are able to see some of the treats before you buy them which is good as you can see what you are actually buying for your pet. The part saying "for guinea pigs" is in very small handwriting and barely noticeable to it would be easy to buy the wrong one instead especially for someone with bad eyesight. At the back of the packaging it has all of the nutritional info. The annoying thing is that it has about nine different languages on the back and barely any way to specify where each one is so it took me a while to find the English one which was quite annoying in my opinion.
Once I had found where the English part was I found that these treats were quite healthy and better than many other treats that you will find. Obviously it still had things like sugar and fat in but some ingredients were quite good such as many different fruits, dandelion and wheat which is very beneficial and some such as apricots and dandelion I have rarely ever seen in other treats before. Another thing that impressed me about this treat was that it didn't have any artificial colours or flavours in which most treats have in and also it contained vitamin C which is especially great because guinea pigs are not able to produce their own vitamin C like us so this makes it a good healthy treat for guinea pigs if they eat it.
===Guinea Pig enjoyment===
As I was so far impressed with this treat I was looking forward to giving to to my guinea pigs. I assumed they would like them as it was fruit flavour and they love fruit. I was wrong. I tried to give these treats to them by hand first and both just sniffed one of the treats and left it alone. I then tried to give it to them by putting some into their food bowl with their normal food but again this didn't work and they actually pushed the treat out of the bowl to get to the normal food and other treats so I was very disappointed by this treat as it had failed its original purpose.
Even though these are for guinea pigs, they didnt like them so I tried them on my hamster. He had an opposite reaction to them and loves them. If I break them up so they are smaller he loves them either by hand or from his food bowl so at least one of my pets liked these treats. They are also quite good for hamsters because it is something they can gnaw one and break up which is good for their dental health. Despite all of this I already have loads and loads of treat for my hamster so I was looking for one that I can give to my guinea pigs so although my hamster loved them it has failed it's original purpose.
===Value for Money===
For one packet you pay £1.39 and it contain 7 treats so if you are giving these to a guinea pig they may not last that long and therefore could work out expensive if you continued buying them especially when there are many other cheaper treats that guinea pigs actually enjoy. Despite this I have not wasted my money as my hamster did enjoy them but if you were to buy this treat for a hamster I would recommend the actual hamster version of it instead.
Overall I wanted a treat that I can get for my guinea pigs to enjoy so I could continue buying the same treat for them but I did not get this as they did not like these treats at all which was annoying especially as I was so impressed with them before. Even though my hamster enjoyed it, these treats were bought for my guinea pigs so they failed their original purpose and it you can buy hamster versions of these anyway so I would not recommend this particular pack to hamster owners or guineas pig owners.