Product Type: Wagg Foods small pet food
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Wagg Optimum Premium Rabbit Food
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Wagg Optimum Premium Rabbit Food
Date: 16/05/11, updated on 16/05/11 (104 review reads)
Advantages: Reasonable yet still a good food
Disadvantages: Have to order online
Although I was quite happy with the rabbit food I was buying, I wanted something that was a little bit cheaper but still a good quality feed. I also don't want to buy from pet shops which actually sell animals, so I won't buy from Pets at Home etc... which meant their own brand food was out of the question.
I had bought Wagg Optimum foods before for both my rabbits and guinea pigs, but as the shop where I was buying it from had stopped selling it I switched them over onto different brands. As I had previous experience with it I decided to see if I could buy it somewhere else. Despite no shops locally to me selling it there were plenty of online stores that sold it, I chose to buy from Chemist Direct as I was buying some anti-histamines from there anyway and I could combine the postage.
I bought a 10 kg kg bag as this offered the best value for money. The food comes in a large sack which is made from some sort of polythene which is very strong and doesn't struggle with the weight contained in it.
The bag is mostly dark green with some silver on the top. It pictures two rabbits on it, just to make sure you are picking the right bag up.
Wagg Optimum is a premium complete feed, the food comes in the form of pellets rather than a more traditional muesli mix which used to be commonly fed. As it is a pellet each nugget contains all of the nutrients and means that they eat all of the food instead of picking out the bits they prefer (selective feeding).
The pellets are quite small and measure just over 0.5cm in length, they are slightly cylindrical in shape although some have a slight curve while others are straighter. They are light brown in colour and if you look closely you can see what looks like grass in them. When you open the bag there is a smell, which is a bit like hay.
Taking a look at the ingredients there isn't anything that jumps out at me as alarming and it all seems quite natural, including grass, apple & grape. There are added vitamins to help with the immune system, and yeasts for healthy digestion. Crucially for me the pellets are 17% fibre, as fibre is a very important part of a rabbit's diet and assists with their digestive system.
When I was ready to start feeding the Wagg to my rabbits I mixed a little in with their existing food and gradually increased the amount of Wagg compared to the old food. This was so that their delicate tummies could get used to the new food.
Fortunately both rabbits seemed to enjoy the new food and I didn't have any problems with them choosing the old brand of food over this one. After around two weeks they were transferred to this completely.
According to the instructions on the packet a medium sized adult rabbit should be fed 130g - 150g of pellets each day. I personally feel this is far too much and would jeopardise how much hay they eat, because of this I only give them around 50g between them each day. Some people might feel that this is mean, but they eat plenty of hay daily, which is better for their health and helps to keep their teeth trimmed. They also get fresh veg, so they definitely aren't going hungry.
Young rabbits should be fed pellets ad lib as they are still growing and require more protein. Elderly rabbits may need more food to help maintain body weight.
The storage instructions for the food are keep in a cool dry place and fold over the top of the bag. As my rabbits live in a shed and their food is kept in there too I have transferred into a storage bin, as I don't want to attract any mice (or worse).
If storage is a problem you can also buy the food in a 2.5 kg bag, this is available from some Asda, Jollyes, Sainsburys, Tesco, and Independent shops (although I have found that not all the supermarkets do sell it).
I paid around £9 for 10 kgs of food, so even when you add on delivery costs (£3.49 from Chemist Direct) it still works out a very reasonably priced food. As I also bought guinea pig food, and some anti-histamines at the same time it worked out very good value.
I would definitely recommend this food to other people with rabbits, it is very reasonably priced without compromising on quality.
For more information or to find a local stockist contact Wagg on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01845 578111.
Summary: Cheap doesn't always been poor quality