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I love animals and my pets rule my household. I love them to pieces and like to keep them as happy as possible. As well as owning tropical fish and 2 cats, I also have a pet bunny, and my boy Locke is a house rabbit who lives inside in one of my spare bedrooms. He has his own indoor cage which houses his eating, sleeping and pooping areas - all very important stuff in the daily life of a rabbit! He's quite a big old chap and I like to make the most of the space he has to maximise its potential usage and to ensure that he is happy within his somewhat unconventional environment. This Savic Small Animal Feeder is a super handy item that is perfectly suited to any cage-dwelling rabbit. This Savic feeder came included with the cage that I purchased when I first got Lockey bunny, and is a very useful accessory. You can buy them separately, and there are also metal versions available, but this hay rack works really well for me and bunny, and I would definitely recommend it to other rabbit owners. The Small Animal Feeder is a rather simple looking piece of kit, and is in essence just a shaped piece of plastic. Mine is a nice bright shade of green, but I have seen them available in other colour choices that are just as bold and bright! The feeder is more specifically a hay rack, and it clips onto the cage to provide a neat storage solution for feeding your pet their daily hay. The clips allow you to slot the hay rack into position on the outside of the cage, and you can arrange it securely over the horizontal bars in a position that is comfortable for your pet. Because it fits onto the outside of the cage, this means you don't lose any room inside the cage and it is a really neat way to add a little extra while still retaining plenty of space for bunny to move around. The rack is angled so that it stands out from the edge of the cage in a wedge sort of shape. This leaves a nice big gap between the edge of the feeder and the bars of the cage, and this is where you store the hay. You fill hay into the feeder by putting it in from the top and then pushing it down. You can get a good days-worth of hay into the feeder in one go, which is excellent as this means that you can easily keep track of your pets diet and see how much they are eating, as well as being able to re-fill when required. I much prefer this method of feeding hay from the rack, as it stops it from getting trample on and kicked about within the cage, and it's always clean and fresh and ready to be nibbled on. Bunny simply nibbles away through the bottom of the feeder, or through the bars of the cage, to get to the hay. As they eat, the hay falls down to the bottom of the feeder so that they can eat every last bit. My Locke seems to get on really well with eating this way, and it's much better than when I used to just place his hay into a standard feeding bowl, as this would often get knocked over, or he'd dig into it, and it would end up just getting tossed onto the floor of the cage and left uneaten. With the feeder storing the hay separately it ensures that it stays in a nice edible condition and is always readily available for when bunny needs a snack. Hay is a very important element in a rabbits diet and you should always give a good supply every day. As well as being essential to their dietary needs and providing fibre, it also helps to aid digestion and the gnawing helps to keep teeth in good condition. My rabbit always eats his hay when its placed into the feeder, but he just plays around with it when its placed into an ordinary bowl, so I know that by using the Savic Feeder my rabbit is getting the benefits of me providing the hay and its being consumed as intended. I have found that this hay rack also gives the added bonus of reducing waste. Sometimes loose strands of hay will fall out of the feeder and onto the floor of the cage, but this is only a small amount and nearly all of it now gets eaten, instead of just becoming extra bedding material. It also helps to reduce the amount of mess around the room, as the hay is stored neatly inside the rack and does not get kicked about all over the place. The rack helps to keep my room tidy and there are no more loose strands anywhere outside the cage, so there's less cleaning up for me to do which is great! Another good thing is that the rack doesn't ever really seem to get dirty, and if it does need a freshen up then it just takes a quick wipe with a damp cloth to get it looking good as new again. This Savic Small Animal Feeder definitely makes my life easier as it is a clean and easy way to provide my bunny with plenty of nice fresh hay, and he can nibble away without making a mess or wasting hay that he should be eating. It's a great addition to any indoor rabbit cage as it creates an extra food storage area without taking up any space inside the cage. A well-fed bunny is a happy bunny, and this gets a full 5 stars from me and Locke. A must-have for house rabbit owners.
Guinea pigs need an unlimited amount of hay throughout the day, the hay is important for their diet as it provides essential fibre to keep their intestines in good working order. Like rabbits, guinea pigs teeth continuously grow so the chewing action of eating the hay helps to wear their teeth down and prevent them getting overgrown. For these reasons I like my guinea pigs to have a hay rack so that they always have a clean supply of hay to nibble on when it takes their fancy. I have two guinea pigs Coco and Amber who live in a Savic Nero 4 cage in our spare bedroom. The cage came with some accessories which included a hay rack which I am reviewing today. The hay rack or small animal feeder as it is known is made from bright yellow plastic. It measures around 23 cm by 13 cm, and at it's deepest point around 9cm. The feeder comes with two plastic hooks so that you can attach it to the cage. The plastic is quite thick and it feels very sturdy. It has the brand name Savic embossed into the plastic in the bottom left hand corner. The feeder attaches onto the exterior of the cage, then your pet can pull the hay or food through the bars of the cage so that they can eat it. The idea being that rather than placing the hay directly onto the cage floor, the feeder will keep they hay off of the floor so that it doesn't get soiled when the animal goes to the toilet. When the feeder is attached to the cage it fits flush against the bars - unless you overfill it with hay. It doesn't seem to move around even when my guinea pigs are eating from it. My feeder is on a Savic cage and I put it on the horizontal bars of the cage, this means that I can put it at a level which is best for Amber and Coco to use it. I have found that the feeder does a good job of keeping the hay secure until it gets eaten, although if you overfill it can cause the bottom to be pushed away from the cage meaning that hay can fall out onto the carpet. Due to the animals having to pull the hay through the bars of the cage, if there is too much in there it can be difficult for them to get at it as it gets too compacted. It also means that you can't really put vegetables in it for them unless they're chopped up quite small. The feeder is very easy to clean due to being made from plastic, sometimes they hay can leave dust on the feeder this can be wiped off with a damp cloth when needed. I then spray it with some pet safe disinfectant, and dry it off before putting it back on the cage and putting the hay into it. The hay rack does what it is supposed to do, and although I prefer the more traditional style metal hay racks it's not something I would replace "just because". Although if it did break and I needed to buy a replacement I wouldn't buy another like for like hay rack. This hay rack generally comes included with the Savic Nero cages but it is available separately for around £3.