When it comes to my hamsters I really do spend a lot of money on things to keep them entertained, well and happy. Last week after Maud Franis suddenly dying leaving me with four male hamsters, after mourning I decided to get another. I bought a beautiful satin Syrian (now called Winifred Agnes), a new cage and all sorts of thing...including these Nibble rings for all five of my hammies to enjoy.
These usually cost about £2.99 a box but I bought them in an independent pet shop for £1.50 knowing I was getting a good deal as I had seen these around and about at a muh higher price in the past.
The rings come in a green box with pictures of a rabbit, a guinea pig and a hamster on the front of it and we are told that they are Vitakraft 'Health, longevity', Nibble Rings 'Made from field grains for all small animals' and there is a picture also on there of the rings and the weight is stated which is 300g. Other information on the box includes being told a bit about the nibble rings, the ingredients are given and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. Nice enough, informative packaging this is.
These rings are small with a hole to the middle of each one and are a dirty brown colour with a slightly rough texture to them. They are meant to be good for your pet as they contain high quality grains, fibre and with lots of vitamins and minerals in them, plus if they nibble on these then it helps to keep your pets teeth in trim.
However...my lot hate seriously them. I mean really they do Four of my hamsters ignore them completely, one, Trevor will pik one up, maybe even store it in his cheek pouch and then go bury it but thats it. I have never seen one nibble one or marks in one and I simply end up chucking these away when their cages get cleaned out.
For us these were simply a huge waste of my money and I had hoped them to like these healthy snacks but no. For 5 hamsters to not be interested they can't be all that tasty thats the only conlusion I can come up with lol.
Available in all good pet stores.
I must admit to giving my 3 guinea pigs treats occasionally as well as their daily herb and vegetable ration. My boys quite like the honey sticks that you see everywhere but I am not keen in overloading them with sugar, natural or otherwise. I was in a local pet shop recently and was idly browsing when I spotted these, I liked the natural look of them and the fact that each packet contains 300g of treats.
When I got home and opened the box I was pleased to see that it was nearly full to the brim of rings. Each ring is green in colour and rough in texture so I would think that they would also help to grind down teeth. The rings are made out of various cereals including alfalfa and are suitable for various rodents as well as rabbits.
I tried my boys with the treats and at first they weren't interested at all but gradually curiosity got the better of them and they took a nibble. These rings are liked by my pigs but are by no means their favourite, they will eat them but don't go down as well as other treats or their usual vegetables. I paid around £2.50 and despite giving each pig 3 or 4 a day I still have tons left so a good value for money product I must say!
I was going shopping recently and before I set off my animals asked me to bring them back a treat... well that's what I told my boyfriend they had said anyway. We were just on the way to the pub for lunch and we happened to walk past a pet shop. Heading towards the small animal section of the shop there was a variety of products available made by Vitakraft. Looking at the various treats, I decided I wanted to get them something which would be a little bit more healthy for them than some of the honey coated sticks or yoghurt drops on sale. I spotted the boxes of Nibble Rings and thought that these would be the best option for them.
The Nibble Rings come in a bright green box with a drawing of a rabbit, hamster and guinea pig and a photograph of the Nibble Rings on it. I am told that the rings are made from field grains, that they are suitable for all small animals, and that they contain Alfalfa. The box contains 300g of Nibble Rings. The back of the box says that "Nibble Rings are a healthy alternative for every small animal. They are formulated to taste great."
Have "*Three types of high quality grains *Packed with raw fibre *Important vitamins and minerals *With delicious alfalfa"
Looking at the ingredients list it all looks like pretty natural stuff and nothing screams out as being unhealthy.
The box has some perforations to the side at the top for opening, after pushing along these with my thumbnail the box easily opens by pushing the card back into the box. When the box is open you can see that it is nearly full to the brim with rings.
Taking one of the nibble rings out of the box they are similar to Weetos or Cheerios to look at. About two centimetres in diameter with a small hole in the centre. They are the colour of dried grass and are rough to the touch.
Of course the packet may promise to be a taste sensation, but I'm sure those of your with animals probably know how fussy they can be so the only way to be sure of whether they will like them or not is to let them try for themselves.
I thought given that they are guinea pigs Coco and Amber would be the ideal candidates to be the first tasters of the rings. I have found with these two that they may initially find a new food interesting to begin with after their curiosity has gone they get bored with them so I was eager to see what they thought of them.
I went up to their cage and gave the box a little rattle this immediately got their interest and they came over to see what I had to offer them. Usually the shier of the two Coco was the first to the bars and took one of the rings from my hand. Amber realised she had missed out by being slightly slower to react and tried to take the ring from Coco's mouth until she noticed there were plenty to go around and came to get her treat from me.
Both of them seemed to enjoy their treat so I gave them another one each which they ate up.
Taking the box out to the rabbits I gave it a little rattle but they didn't seem as intrigued as the guinea pigs had. When I offered them one of the Nibble Rings Archie was the first to be tempted, and he munched away on it while Holly came looking for her treat too. They both gobbled up the rings quickly and were soon after more so I left them have another one each before being a meanie and taking the box away from them.
The box advises that you can feed these as part of their main diet replacing a ¼ of their usual food with Nibble Rings or you can give them as a treat between meals. I prefer to give them as a treat, usually giving each animal one or two each day.
I am currently worming my rabbits which requires giving them the wormer paste each day for nine days, afterwards I have been giving them another Nibble Ring as an extra treat for not making too much of a fuss.
I think these have been a great buy for my animals, they seem to really enjoy them and they are not too unhealthy for them like other shop bought treats can be. There are loads in the box so they will last me for ages too.
I paid around £2.80, which was a bit more than some of the other treats on sale but for the amount you get in the box I feel this is a good price.