“ Manufacturer: Happy Pet / Type: Pet Health - Stone provides essential minerals for small pets „
OK, I'll admit it straight away. I am guilty of spoiling my hamster! When I first got my little Chibi ten months ago, I was concerned about his health, and what I could to keep him in a healthy condition. Whilst browsing in my local Pets At Home store, I came across a product called "Wheely Mineral." The product states that it is a mineral supplement for your pet, which they will get iron, magnesium, zinc and other minerals into their bodies via licking or gnawing it. For around £1.50, you will get two mineral stones, and one fastener inside the packet. The packaging is very simple to open thankfully, and is consisted of a thin cardboard backing, with a see-through plastic covering on the front.
I favoured the idea of cutting down on treats such as Chibi's favourite yoghurt drops in favour for this mineral wheel. It also provides another source of entertainment for your hamster, who, as the packet suggests, should enjoy nibbling on this mineral wheel. The mineral wheel comes in the form of a hard dark pink stone. It is attached to the side of your hamsters cage via attaching it to the plastic harness, which you simply insert into the hole in the stone. I was pleased to see that the harness is rather strong, and the mineral wheel did not fall off the side of the cage, even when Chibi, the hamster who insists on climbing on absolutely everything, climbed on the top of it.
So yes, this product is full of essential minerals for your pet, and these supplements are ideal alongside a balanced diet of dried hamster food, and small portions of fresh fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately though, my hamster does not seem to be that interested in it. I have spied him having the occasional lick on it, but this is very brief, and as it turns out, very rare. I am still on the first mineral stone, and there are two in the packet, so I feel like I may have wasted my money on these sadly. However, every pet is different, so I would not say disregard these completely based on my review, I would suggest giving them a try on your pet and seeing if they show a liking to them.
I think Chibi probably would have enjoyed this more if all the minerals were available in a chew stick or treat or some sort, as in all honesty, the stone does not look that appealing-it does in fact look like a bland stone, rather than an fun treat for your furry friend.
So in summary, the Wheely Mineral lick contains excellent minerals which will benefit your pets health, but the problem lies in the fact that my hamster did not actually use it that often. After a few licks or so his interest waned and I have not seen him use it again. It did feel like a slight waste of money, but I would suggest giving these a go anyway just because they are significantly healthy for your pet, and you may be pleasantly surprised and find out that they have loved this, unlike my Chibi!
When it comes to my hamsters health its something I really do get concerned about. The day my friend bought him for me I fell in love with the wee man and I have to admit to spending lots of money on him and one of my priorities really is to keep him in the best state of health I can.
I have learnt through reading a lot of literature about hamsters that through diet alone not all vitamin and mineral requirements are met which sent me into a spin and marching down to pets at home instantly!
Now this brand do two different wheely mineral block types (I purchased them both) and one is a general mineral wheel the other is a salt wheel cos again rodents rarely get any salt in their diet at all (I am reviewing the mineral wheel blocks here).
The Packaging Of The Mineral Block:
The mineral blocks come on a cardboard blue backing with a see-through plastic cover over it. I am told that it is Wheely Mineral 'Essential minerals for your pet' and that it contains essential nutrients and that it is made by 'Happy Pets' and that it is suitable for Hamsters, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and Gerbils and there is a small photograph of those animals shown. On the back of the card I'm told how to use the blocks, ingredients and contact details for the manufacturer are stated as well.
The Mineral Blocks:
What you get in a pack is 3 mineral blocks and a small plastic holder (in various primary colours. All you do is get one of the slightly rough and thick grey round blocks with a hole through the middle, get the plastic holder and simply slide it through and then attach it to the cage with a gentle push through the bars and a twist. It stays in place whether the cage is knocked or your pet jumps on it and never once have our blocks budged!
However thats it for Colin. It sits there in his cage day in and day out. Only once has he sniffed at it and that was when I first shoved it in. Its been there a couple of weeks now and although it looks ok and interesting enough my Colin doesn't play on it, nibble it or anything and its a monumental waste of time and money in our opinion lol.
If your pet does nibble this it gives a great does of Magnese, Iron, Magnesium, sulpher, Copper, Cobalt, Zinc and Iodine. Colin though prefers to not spin on this and to avoid both the salt and the mineral wheels that are in his cage at present at all costs.
This should be a healthy addition to a pets diet, something of interest and to climb on and something to help keep teeth healthy and trimmed but Colin says NO to these in a huge way and for that reason I cannot recommend these lol.
Available in all good pet shops etc and cost about £1.50 a pack of 3 blocks and a holder (I got mine from Pets At Home).