“ Brand: Pets at Home / Type: Small hamster hygeine wipes to help prevent odoour „
I now have 4 guinea pigs and I do like to keep them clean and smelling fresh; none of my boys particularly like to be bathed and I hate doing the job as it stresses them out and they clearly do not enjoy it. Pets at Home is a shop that I frequent regularly and one of the products that I saw fairly recently were their own brand grooming wipes for small animals so I decided to try them out.
These wipes are safe to use on all small pets, from rabbits to rats to ferrets to guinea pigs; they are safe to use on any small furry. A pack costs £2.29 and you get 20 wipes in each pack, they also contain Byotrol which is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and is proven to reduce odour.
The ingredients are as followed: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Cocamide Dea, Cocamidoproplyl Betaine, Sodium Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Trideceth-7, 2-Bromo 2-Nitropropane-1,3 Diol, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Benzophenone-4, Parfum, Octyl Decyl Dimethyl Ammonium Chloride (251-035-5) 0.03%, Didecyl Dimethyl Ammonium Chloride (230-525-2) 0.015 %, Dioctyl Dimethyl Ammonium Chloride (226-901-0) 0.015%, Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, Benzyl-C12-16-Alkyldimethyl, Chlorides (270-325-2) 0.04%, Polyhexamethylene Biguanidine (27083-27-8) 0.1%.
The wipes have a subtle smell about them that isn't overly artificial and neither is it really strong, to use you simply wipe over your pet's coat; I noticed that afterwards all of my boys (especially my short and smooth haired pig) had lovely soft and shiny coats. A huge plus point is that they don't leave your pet's fur soaking wet so you have no need to worry about them catching a chill and it also means that they are a lot safer than bathing, especially in colder weather - definately worth trying if your pet is looking grubby in the winter months! All 4 of my guinea pigs were so much calmer when being wiped rather than bathed, they all sat quietly and just let me get on with it. I have 3 guinea pigs with a lot of white on them and they can look very grubby, the wipes made a noticeable difference and their coats looked so much whiter afterwards!
I will still bath my boys if they get really dirty but these wipes are fab to keep them clean and fresh in the meantime, it also means that I have to bath them less often, great for them as they won't be as stressed. I think this product is great but works best on short and smooth haired animals, they were harder to use on my extremely long haired pig but still worth buying, and at such a good price you can't complain. Worth a punt! :)
Up until recently I only had two male hamsters in my care, Colin Alfred and Trevor Arnold. I never had any hygeine problems with either of them until Colin got ill and passed away suddenly. Distressed at losing my Syrian at only 10 months old I decided I'd do no maudling and I'd do what I always promised myself that I would do when the situation arose and that was to get another hamster, not as a replacement but in honour of him and because of him sort of thing....but I was seriously heartbroken at losing him! Because my mind was blurred I ended up buying a pair of beautiful Russian Dwarf hamsters (called Edna Deidre and Doris Pearl, Edna sadly passed away in my hand two days after owning her though and also another Syrian I later called Maud Fanny.
Had I thought through what I was doing I would have read up on females hamsters before the point of purchase but it just happened the sex of them didn't matter to me at all...I mean I'm not wanting to breed from them or anything like that. However I never thought that a female hamster would....well....smell so bad!
For a few days Maud stank out my living room. Concerned about this, and really thinking that my home was getting too smelly and me and my flatmate/bestmate sitting gagging eating our supper in front of the news I went back to where I bought her from (Pets At Home) and asked their advice. It was only after a long chat with a store assistant about my hamsters that I realised what may be going on. Not only does a female hamster go into season every 3 days but also her cage was near Trevors. Her wee was dark in the cage and smelt like rotten fish heads as did she so I was advised to make sure her cage was/is cleaned out every couple of days, hands are always washed between handling my different hamsters (because she could smell Trev and start secreting odour to entice him!) and I was told to buy a packet of hygeine wipes because just handling her was making us gag and me smell ta boot!
First thing was first the cleaning of the cage was easy. Anti-bacterial spray from the pet shop and wipes did the trick to keep her home smelling sweet. I moved her far away from Trevor so if she was 'scenting' maybe she would stop and step 3 of the get rid of the stink task was to use the wipes and this worried me I just hoped they wernt too wet or cold or anything as hamsters catching a cold is so dangerous to them!
At £2.29 for a packet of 20 wipes these come in a hanging silver, plastic bag with a peel back section at the front (like baby wipes usually do) and there is a photograph of a rabbit and guinea pig on there and we are told that they are Pets At Home Antibacterial Grooming Wipes 'Proven to reduce small animal odours' and that they are mildly scented and suitable for most small animals, that they contain a substance called byotrol and that, that ingredient is proven to kill 99.9% of all bacteria and that they have superior odour control and are ultra hygenic. On the back of the pack other information listed includes being told a bit more about the product, that once opened to use the wipes up within 3 months (or they dry out), instructions on how to use them are given and contact details are given for Pets At Home. I like the sticky resealable flap to the packet and I find that only one wipe really does come out at a time which is great!
Ok so these wipes as we already know are antibacterial and they are meant to help removes dirt and loose hairs too as well as odours and not only that the residue on the wipe it leaves behind is Byotrol which is meant to leave itself on the small pets coat to help continue destroying bacteria after using it thus helping to keep nasty niffs at bay for longer!
They are suitable for all small animals with the exception of chinchillas and degus and I have found with my hamsters that a wipe of 1.8 x 11.8 x 9.8cm is too big and works out wasteful so I cut mine in half now to be a bit more environmentally friendly and economical otherwise on rabbits, giant rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, ferrets and of course hamsters (though big uns) you need to really use one wipe per pet (for hygeine reasons) and about once a week avoiding of course the delicate eye and nose areas and when used these are not a flushable wipe, just dispose of them with normal household waste.
So as we have already established these white wipes are rather large and square in shape and come folded within the pack. All you do with them is simply and gently wipe down your pet to which your pet will get moist hair but not wet. They are rather thick and robust wipes and like I mentioned earlier I find half a wipe more than adequate in my case.
Smell wise these smell like regular, good quality baby wipes really! The smell is simply wonderful and on my skin none agitating but soft as I use them. They do visibly lift off dirt, grease and grime as well as loose hairs, stay damp whilst in use and the residue drys fast and invisibly on the pet too.
Now on Trever and Doris these are simply brilliant wipes to be fair to them. Great to wipe them over once a week say and the smell lingers for hours after I have used them on them. Also their coats look healthier and more shiny and I can't recommend these enough. Course you can use Chinchilla salt baths for rodents (chinchilla salts is best for hamsters and small rodents due to them not containing so much dust as other types on the market) but I was told by Pets At Home that most small animals will keep themselves clean and Mauds problem was just cos of my boy being around her!
On Maud Fanny though they have been rather pointless. Any liquids wiped away from her come off stained onto the wipe however the scent of these wipes really isn't enough to disguise her scent one bit! She looks a bit fresher but that is it and all I can smell is pee or whatever mixed with a baby lotion smell which isn't any more pleasant than her own scent stinking the place up!
These certainly have a place though when it comes to my hamsters and I like them well enough. I know that they are safe and won't harm them at all and for little jobs these are helpful but on a stinky Maud Fan I need something else and fast cos they are rubbish and my Maud still is looking at me now as I write this review humming to herself!
Only available in Pets At Home stores.