The idea of this device is a simple one; basically it is designed for you to be able to put hay or veggies inside and hang it up for your pet to feed from. I have one in each of my guinea pig cages and find that they are great for stuffing with their favourite "treat" hays, not only is it more challenging for them to get the tightly compacted hay out, thus being a great boredom breaker, it also minimises mess on the floor; preventing the more expensive hays from being soiled on as compared to just piling up the hay in a corner. Now and again I will also put some of their veggies in the ball as opposed to scattering them throughout the cage or placing them in a pile in the middle, and I find not only does it prolong feeding they have great fun nudging it about and playing with the bell.
The ball is made of metal and comes with a handy chain and clip attached, allowing you to put it as high or low as you want it; it's a sturdy product and very well made, mine are still fairing up well despite having received quite heavy usage after around 2 years of owning them. The holes are just the right size, vegetables and hay don't fall out very easily yet neither is it impossible for your pet to get what's inside. I think there should be other sizes available, a smaller one for hamsters maybe and a larger one for pet rabbits.
If the ball ever gets grimy then cleaning it is a simple task of giving it a quick wipe over with a damp cloth. My own pigs have had hours of enjoyment and I love how much longer they spend eating their veggies instead of just gobbling them down in one go, a great boredom breaker but obviously not suitable for pellets as they'd just fall straight through the holes! You can buy this for £3.69 at Pets at Home stores.
This veg-to-ball toy is one of the accessories my guinea pigs have in their outdoor run. Whilst they are outside, they can nibble happily at the grass and dandelions, but they still need fresh vegetables also, and this ball helps to keep vegetables out of the way, off the ground where the guinea pigs might have been soiling, and, in addition, provides amusement for them.
This has a simple clip at one end, making it easy to affix to any wired cage - I actually attach this to the wire 'lid' of the run, as it then dangles down, making them sit up and stretch to get the food, which they seem to enjoy as it makes the bell ring, and it gives them a little exercise.
Its easy to pop the veg in, and easy for the guinea pigs to have a good nibble at it . Carrots, broccoli, and cabbage all work well. Despite hanging in my outdoor run, this doesn't have any issues with rust after 5 months hanging there, and the metal is strong enough for the guinea pigs not to have done any real damage with their chomping.
The bell is a lovely addition my guinea pigs really like - although at first they were very wary of it . They would approach the ball, nibbling at the food, which set the bell off, and sent them running for shelter, doing a cute little growl at the noise. They like it now, and no longer growl at it, but they can still be shocked when the wind sets it off, jumping and glaring at it dramatically .
This ball costs £3.49 and is exclusive to pets at home, which has stores all over the country . I really recommend it - a practical way to keep food off the floor, and give your small pet some exercise and amusement .
Ethan and Ezzy our rabbits are very spoilt. My Mum seems to think that they need a huge variety of toys to keep them occupied! However, there is not room in their home for all of these toys she buys meaning they have to alternate. One toy that always stays in their house though is the pets at home veg-to-ball toy.
We bought our ball from pets at home quite a few months ago now. I cant remember exactly what we paid for it but currently it costs £3.49 which I think is an absolute bargain considering how much use Ethan and Ezzy get from it and also how long it has lasted.
The ball is exactly the same as you can see in the picture. It is a metal ball which is about 3-4 inches wide at its widest point. As you can see it is hollow inside with a bell on the bottom and a clip at the top making it easy to clip onto the roof of a rabbit run or the side of a rabbit hutch.
The idea of the ball is to put fresh fruit or veg in it or hay, it gives the rabbit/small animal something to do whilst trying to get it out and also encourages them to eat more food that is good for them.
We put either curly kale or hay in ours usually as we find that these are the best things that dont fall out of the side. Ethan and Ezzy love trying to get the food out and the ball is always empty within a couple of hours of being filled up.
Ethan and Ezzy also like to play with the ball when it is empty, nudging it with their noses.
The ball has lasted well, we have had it many months now and it has been used twice a day and it still looks good as new. The metal is still shiny, the bell is still on the bottom and the chain that dangles the ball is still strong.
Ethan and Ezzy really like their ball, it is a good boredom breaker and gives them something to do. It also makes their food last a little bit longer as they have to do something to get it out rather than just eat it!
We would recommend this ball, it is good value for money and very good quality. It has lasted well and Ethan and Ezzy love playing with it.
On having had my new guinea pigs for about a month now, we were looking for some new toys to amuse them and keep their mind working. I have then in a c&c cage (cubes and correx) in my living room which is like an open cage with a hay loft above them a quarter of the way across.
I wanted something to hang off the hay loft so that they had to lift up to get the goodies that they liked and make them work for it. This seemed to do to the trick.
There is a clasp at the end of the chain which is about 3 inches long and the metal ball at the end is about 3 inches in diameter. It is spherical and has bars all over it and one larger opening which allows you to put the veg or treat in easily. I mostly use mine for putting grass in when they cannot get outside on the lawn due the wet weather. I hook it up to the side of the hayloft so it hangs down over their first floor but not too easy that they can just eat from it. It hangs about 3 inches off the floor so they have to lift up to reach it or if they are clever they will use the cushion to stand on and get their treat that way.
It is very easy to use for things like grass or lettuce, basically leafy things but you need to cut things like carrots and cucumber small to fit inside as the opening, which cannot be made wider as it's made that way, is only about 3 cms at its widest. I did think that maybe it could have had a door added to it to make it easier but then your pet would probably have trouble getting the chunks out and so would be a frustrated pet or a very clever pet if they manage it.
As it is made from metal it is very durable and will be around for a good few years I hope. It is a great way to stimulate your pet and helps avoid boredom, but above all they love it for the food that it holds. It's also a good way of keeping the food off the ground.
My guinea pigs are only 3 months old at the moment but Tinka is a boisterous, cheeky rogue and always the first one out to you when you have food followed slowly by Belle. Tinka knew straight away how to get the food out of the ball and Belle eventually came out to use it as well. They both now know how good it is and are straight to it once filled. It is quite funny when one is one side and one the other and one pulls it to get food and once its released it then swings the other way, often hitting the other one on the nose!
Overall this cost £3.49 and has been a great buy. The piggies love it, and its great entertainment for me and the children to watch them stretching up to get their treats, it can be quite funny.
I would recommend this for any guinea pig or rabbit cage to give them something to work for and use their brain.
I am not very much of a people person, I love animals and my pets are hugely important to me. I have a Pets at Home store within only a 10 minute walk of my house, so this is usually my first choice for pet products. My other half likes to spoil our baby bunnies and bought two of these treat toys from Pets at Home at the beginning of the year. They are still part of the current range of stock and can be bought from the brick and mortar stores, or online at www.petsathome.com at the price of £3.49.
Pets at Home say: "The Veg-To-Ball by Pets At Home is a great way to provide your pet with hay, treats or fresh vegetables.
The ball attaches to any wire home and helps to keep food clean until your pet has had time to nibble it away."
I have 2 rabbits and one guinea pig, all of which live within my house in their own special bedroom, and they each have their own cage where I put their food, water, and sleeping areas. I have two of these toys, one for each of the rabbits. It is important to keep small pets occupied and get their minds stimulated as although they may not be the brightest of animals, they are very inquisitive and require distractions to keep them from being bored and becoming destructive. This is especially important for my house rabbits as they do tend to start nibbling at the wallpaper or attempting to dig up the carpet if they don't have enough toys to keep them entertained.
The Veg-to-Ball toy is a spherical shaped metal cage. It has a long chain on top, with a clasp at the end that can be fastened to the top of an indoor cage by clipping on to the wire 'ceiling', or you could clip it through the front mesh panel on an outdoor hutch. This allows you to attach it securely and still have the ball within easy reach of your pets. On my indoor cages the toy dangles so that it is just above the head height of my rabbits. There is also a small bell attached to the underside of the ball.
There are several reasons why I think this is a fantastic toy for rabbits.
It's a great way to engage your pet's interest. Not only is it a toy but there is also FOOD - hooray! They say the way to a man's heart is his stomach and my 2 boys are no exception to this rule - you bring the treats, they will love you! The ball can be stuffed with hay, treats, or bits of vegetable. It can be hard to get some of the food through the gaps but it just required cutting bits to size or giving it a good wiggle. You can easily monitor any supplements to your rabbit's staple diet and it is a good size to allow you to put in a reasonable amount of food.
Because of the way the toy attaches to the hutch or cage, it positions the toy/food slightly above the rabbit's head. This encourages your pet to be more active and stretch up to reach it. It may only be a slight bit of exercise, but this is a bonus and will give them a good stretch for when they're not out playing. It is still easily reachable, and does not make it difficult for the rabbit to eat. The only difficulty I have experienced is that sometimes the rabbits have the reverse of the problem that I had trying to put the food in, and it can be tricky to get the food out. Bits of hay can remain clustered around the bottom, and if the bunnies start chomping on the vegetable sticks before they have pulled them out of the ball, the ends can get stuck inside and you have to help by shaking them out.
Even when the food is gone this is still an entertaining toy, as it is easy for the rabbits to knock the ball around and the bell makes a nice little jingly sound. My bunnies seem to get a fair deal of satisfaction just from swinging it about (or bashing it if they're feeling clumsy) and hearing the bell make a noise. It's a good idea to position the toy in a corner or somewhere where it will not be in the way and getting knocked constantly.
The Veg-to-Ball toys have proved to be very sturdy, they don't look at all damaged even after months of playing and snacking. The chain has held up perfectly and the clasp has stayed securely in position. I really like how it attaches to the top of the cage as it allows me to maximise the space within the cage and can be played with without taking up room on the floor and getting in the way. It is easy to remove if you want to swap toys around or move it somewhere else.
My two rabbits are very different; Locke is boisterous, smart and cheeky. He got the hang of how it worked straight away and seems to really enjoy playing with it as well as the yummy snacking aspect. Sugar is a bit dopey, has poor eyesight and generally seems to be in his own little world most of the time. He really didn't understand the toy to begin with, and would leave it untouched even when filled with hay to eat. After perseverance, he finally figured it out and now plays with it all the time, and especially seems to like the noise that the bell makes.
The Veg-to-Ball toy is a great pet product that I would certainly recommend to any rabbit owner. They are hard-wearing, well made and provide good entertainment to stop your pets becoming bored. They are also a good way to ration out treats and help to monitor your pet's diet. A good value toy that my bunnies love.
After visiting my local "Pets at home" store for more goodies for the babies in my house (Dolphin and Lou-Lou the goldfish and Alvin and Fudge the guinea pigs), it was decided (more by the kids and the hubby!), that we should get a few new toys for the guinea pigs so they wouldn't get bored......I know, they are almost as spoilt as the kids are!
The product I will now review is - "Boredom breaker - veg to ball food ball".
The idea behind this goodie is to make the guinea pigs or what ever small animal it is bought for, work for their dinners, thus giving them something to do!
The ball itself is slightly larger in size than a tennis ball, with the design being that of a cage, though the spaces between each "bar" is quite large, perfect for getting teeth and little paws in between.
There is a little bell that "tings" non stop when the cage is being eaten from, this gives another entertaining element, tough did frighten the crap out of the guinea pigs initially, they have since got used to the sound.
There is finally a chew proof metal chain, compete with a clip to secure the entire contraption to the bars of the cage securely, and it is a good sturdy chain and clip too, my guinea pigs are quite plump and make short shrift of most things placed inside their cage, this chain has yet to show any signs of wear and tear, even after the pair of them have been hanging off it!
To fill there is slightly larger spaced couple of bars on the back of the ball, you simply stuff the ball with whatever it is your pets consider a treat, with mine having a real penchant of hay and carrots, though the picture on the front of the card shows the ball looking fresh and green filled with curly lettuce leaves.
The ball is fab idea and my two have had a good go at it since we bought it for them (the guinea pigs, not the kids!), though they do struggle getting to the dregs left in the centre so when it gets to this stage I do tend to refill it.
The other upside apart from the entertaining aspect is the fact that the food is suspended off the ground, saving it from being part of the floor that the animals obviously use as their toilet, keeping it a little fresher, for a little longer.
Price wise this cost me £3.99 from www.petsathome.com
Thanks for reading x