“ Brand: Vitacraft / Food Type: Rabbit Food „
I was shopping at my local pet store when I noticed Vitakraft Hamster donuts, so I thought I would treat my hamster to a new treat that he has never had before.
These sticks come in a green packet with a picture of a hamster and two donuts on the front. Vitakraft Donuts is written at the top of the packet and fresh and safe is written on the bottom.
On the back of the packet is information such as ingredients, advertisements for other Vitakraft products and a customer comments and care line. Although the packaging is similar to that of a crisp packet, it is actually quite hard to open and I had to use my teeth in the end!
I bought these treats from my local pet store and they cost £1.99 for a packet which contains 4 donuts which is fairly reasonable for hamster treats,
What Are The Treats Made From?
According to the ingredients list, these treats are made from eggs, flour and peas which sounds like a rather odd combination for a donut - but my hamster certainly likes them!
What Do The Donuts Look Like?
The donuts are about 1.5 inches wide and 0.5 inch. The donuts are a light brown, almost beige colour (pretty much the same colour as a bagel) and they have bits of pea throughout the donut.
What Does My Hamster Think Of These Treats?
I popped a treat in my hamster cage while he was asleep with the idea that he would wake up later that evening and enjoy his treat, However, shortly after putting the treat in there, Chilli was up and about looking for this treat (I guess the smell woke him up). One he found the treat, he decided he wanted to try and take it back to his store room (which is actually his wheel) As the treats are fairly large, Chilli had problems trying to take his treat through his tubes. He decided it was going to be easier to sit and hold his donut and nibble on it until he could get it small enough to take back to his lair. I think the taste of the treat got the better of him, as he actually sat and ate the whole donut in one go which is very unusual for my hamster as he is a bit of a hoarder really. These treats certainly seem to have been enjoyed by Chilli as its rare for him to sit and eat the whole treat in one setting.
Vitakraft produce treats for many small animals such as hamster, ferrets, rabbits, birds and probably more. They have a wide range of products they sell for each category of animals. For example, for just hamsters they sell fruit sticks, honey sticks, yogurt drops, chocolate drops just to name a few.
So far, I would say this is my hamsters favourite treat as it's the only one he has sat down and eaten in one setting rather than storing it and going back to it later. I think £1.99 is a reasonable price to pay considering you get 4 treats in the packet. My only annoyance is that the packet is not resealable to if you want to keep the donuts fresh then you would need to keep them in an air tight container.
These "donuts" for hamsters are so named because of their shape - don't worry, you aren't actually giving your hamster a stodgy fatty snack, though they are not a particularly healthy food and do contain sugars so make sure they are fed in moderation. I feed them only occasionally and would never give more than one a week at most as they are a fair sized product and feeding more would be too sugary and encourage the hamster not to eat its normal basic diet (mine have them somewhat less often as a rare treat, but then I do have 23 hamsters so it would be a bit expensive to buy them all the time - they tend to average around £1.89 for a pack of four donuts).
Of all the treats you can give a hamster, I find that these are among the most popular with the animals themselves, they do find them very appealing and they always get eaten right up so they seem to pass the taste test.
The main ingredients are wheat flour, egg powder (good protein) and sugar and they are topped with dried peas.
A better choice than the fruit/honey nut sticks and bars which tend to be even more sugary but make sure that it is not given too often and balanced out with basic hamster mix and healthier extras such as fruit and veg or pasta.
I saw this in my local pet store whilst stocking up on the treats.
My hamster being the fussy male that he is, is often not into most of the new found treats that hit the shelves. but, not giving in, i bought him a pack, for a very reasonable £1.35.
That night after cleaning his cage, i hid one of the donuts in his play pen and watched.
eventually pickle smiffs it out, and looks at it in wonder before taking a little tasting nibble.
he loved it
followed by 30 minutes of utter amusement as he attmepted to get the whole donut in his mouth in one go, before giving up and just dragging it to his store in stead
this is now a treat i purchase on a regular basis for pickle, as he not only loves them, but they are packed with healthy vitamins for him, making it a healthy snack and treat, rather than a very unhealthy chocolate drop.
so for any hamster owners out there: give this one a try, mine loved it
I first bought this product after seeing it on a pet stall on the market and the word "donut" intrigued me. I didn't think hamsters could have cake products or peas.. but seeing as there was a photo of a hamster on the pack, I thought they must be safe so gave them a try.
After getting them home and having the "what have you bought... they look weird" discussion with my husband, I put one of the donuts in the top of my hamster's Rotastak cage. Sure enough within about 10 seconds the hamster had roused, legged it up three tubes and was merrily tucking in to the donut. Yay we thought and left it to have its tea in peace.
Shortly afterwards we heard a banging noise coming from the cage then a lot of scratting noises then silence. Anyone who has a hamster knows silence means they are up to something... So we went to investigate.
Having been so impressed with the donut, the hamster decided to take it to his bed and threw it down the tube in his cage. Unfortunately and by some weird freak of nature, the donut was exactly 1mm too big to fit down the tube- so it had gone all the way down the tube then got stuck right at the bottom of the tube (still inside the tube) and the hamster had been diving down the tube to try to force it through (then backing up the tube to get himself out of the tube realising he was head first with no way out) then he tried to pull it back up the tube by hanging on the top of the tube with his little feet and trying to bite the donut and pull it back up....
Although this spectacle was hideously funny (video camera where are you when we need you), we had to wade in and dismantle the cage, push the donut back up the tube and snap the treat in half to prevent any further confusion to the hamster.
You will pay around £1.40-£1.75 for three small donut shaped treats. Our hamster ADORED them, and just devoured them- peas and all. If you can get over the fact they are actually made from some sort of bread and peas then they are a good buy and amusing to watch your pet eat. Just be careful if you have a cage with tubes in it.
This product could also be tied up with string from the bars of a cage to give your hamster some exercise- where they have to reach up and bite things.
Whatever next, donuts for hamster, well yes it is a real product and let me tell you about them.
Well whilst in my local pet store at the weekend buying some hamster bedding I took the opportunity to have a look at the current range of hamster treats that they had in stock as I like to give our hamster, Max a bit of variety with his treats and came across these. At first I thought I had misread the label but on closer inspection I found that I was not mistaken you can now get donuts for your little furry friend.
Grabbing the packet in shear excitement at the prospect of watching Max tackling these I headed towards the till without even reading the label to see what was in them. I will also add that this was not the only treat I got for Max and had hubby not been with me there would have been a whole lot more, hubby thinks Max the hamster is better thought of than him and better fed.
When I got home I decided I had better have a look and see exactly what I was about to feed my Max and discovered that this wonderful packet contained four donuts made from eggs, flour and peas, not the sort of donut I would like to eat and I am sure you all prefer a sweeter variety also.
What do they look like, now opening the packet, scissors are required with this packaging as it is extremely tough to open which is a good thing as I would not like to have a food packet damaged in a shop and finding that the contents of my hamster treats had gone stale. Well the are about 4cm in diameter and 2cms in depth with a small hole in the middle with bits of peas stuck on the top, a bit like you would have chocolate sprinkles I suppose is the best way to describe them.
Taste - well no I did not taste them I left that to Max, now Max is usually quite lively after about 9pm and comes out of his cage for a run around in his play pen which contains some toys and at this time he is often given a treat or two and on Sunday night we decided that we would try him out with one of the donuts. Well have you ever seen a hamster running round in circles with a donut in his mouth, to say we laughed is a understatement as the scene was comical.
After Max got tired of carrying round is donut he then had a bit of a nibble to see what it tasted like and it must have been good as he then proceeded to try and pouch to whole donut which he discovered was impossible. Max then spent the next 10 minutes breaking the donut apart and pouching the smaller pieces to store for later and yes he did look like an inflated fur ball when he had finished.
Now examining Max cage last night whilst cleaning him out I noted that there was not a crumb remaining in Max's store room, otherwise known as the wheel in his cage, so I take it that he gives these the thumbs up.
Checking the packet it is recommended that you do only give your hamster one of these per week as a supplement to feeding, try telling that to Max, given the way he has devoured this I think he thinks these are a substitute to his normal feed.
Cost - I paid £1.99 for a pack of four in a pet shop which is not bad considering that they last for 4 weeks. How fresh will they stay, well we shall see as the packet is not re-sealable so will have to be kept in an air tight container.
As I do tend to spoil my hamster as hubby puts it, I will be buying these again along with other little treats that Max adores - hmm maybe he does get better fed than hubby.
Review also found on Ciao under my name julieshobs.
Vitakraft hamster donuts are a lovely little treat for your little friend.
Although they are called donuts they dont look like donuts to me, the only resemblence to a donut is that they have a hole in the middle, they look more like little fairy cakes very similar looking to what we would eat except these have peas in them.
These are intended as a treat and advertised as a treat inbetween meals, i give these a lot more sparingly than that though, i only alow one each week as they contain quite a lot of sugar and glucose syrup so are not realy that healthy for your little friend so bear this in mind when giving them to him.
The donut it self is not too hard and quite squidgy to the touch but the peas are hard as they hae been dryed, my hamster loves these but 1 does last him all day so it is a nice long treat for him, he also eats all of it as opposed to hoarding it like he does his normal food so he must find these quite yummy.
My mice also like these, it doesnt say on the pack that you can give them to mice but it also doesnt say i cant so i do and it hasnt done them any harm.
I buy these in packs of 4 from my local pet shop for 98p which is quite reasonable.