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I have one of these balls for my rats, and boy do they approve of it! It's a great little thing to hang in your cage and can provide hours of amusement for your little furry friends. An excellent boredom breaker too, that will stimulate problem solving in your pet as they try to get to the goodies. You can fill it with a whole host of foods, from salad and hay to treat things. Chunks of cucumber are good too, in fact anything at all that you can get inside. It is basically an open metal ball, hanging on strong chain with a sturdy clasp on the end for attaching to cage bars. I have mine hanging from the middle of the cage ceiling and my rats take great joy in pulling it up onto one of their platforms and setting about emptying it! I occasionally change its position so they have to stand up on their back legs to get to it, and they seem to enjoy this just as much as the ball swings about. Wherever I put it, it always ends up empty so they have no trouble using it. They come in two sizes, 8cm diameter and 12cm diameter. I got the smaller one, even though my ratties are getting quite big, as I didn't want the risk of them getting stuck. For this reason, this item is not suitable for use with hamsters, mice and other similarly sized animals, in either of the 2 available sizes. The 8cm diameter ball is fine for rats though, it's small enough that they don't try to climb into it but big enough that they can retrieve the yummy things inside! Whatever animal you use it with though, caution should be exercised, as your pet could potentially get stuck if it gets too inquisitive. For this reason I remove it from the cage when not in use. I have been using this since I got my rats nearer the start of the year, and it is still firmly in one piece and has no signs of damage at all. The bail for the chain is still attached and none of the chain links have been weakened or pulled out of shape. As with most of my small animal stuff, I bought it online from Zooplus where it was £2.99 for the 8cm. It is currently displaying at £2.69 (usual price £3.90) for this size and only £1 more for the 12cm. I think either of these prices are great for this funky, fun and useful thing. It offers great value in my opinion, I am confident I will have it for some time yet! It is also highly enjoyed by my ratties; so many lovely things you can get for your cages end up being highly decorative but not very usable. This doesn't apply here, as soon as your pet sniffs it out they will likely be happily amused until it's empty. If not then it's probably your beastie that's a little unusual to be fair! Another 5 star success for Trixie. I won't knock stars off for being potentially unsafe for some animals as this is down to the keeper, not the manufacturer. Use with caution and let the fun begin!
The Trixie Food Ball is a great way to get your pet to work for their treats; it is a device that you hang up in their cage and fill with food. You can fill it with anything as long as it will fit inside and I have found that my guinea pigs have loads of fun trying to get their favourite snacks out through the gaps. The ball swings around on the end of its chain and this promotes playful behaviour as well as keeping your pet busy for longer. The ball is sturdy with a clip on the end of its chain for easy attachment and is suitable for all small pets and rabbits, however it is not suitable for hamsters or mice as they may climb up it and get trapped or hurt themselves. The Trixie Food Ball is available in two sizes; 8cm diameter and 12cm diameter. I went for the 12cm diameter option and bought mine from zooplus for just £3.69 which is an absolute bargain in my opinion as it also doubles as a toy as well as a way of giving food. The food ball is a really good way of adding enrichment to your pet's life without breaking the bank on expensive toys, it also stops food from getting soiled on the bottom of the cage. My boys really love playing with the ball to get their treats out, it keeps them occupied for ages and makes their food last longer too. I know if I just gave them their treats in a bowl they'd be eaten in 5 seconds, not with the Trixie Food Ball! Even when the food has gone they like to stretch up and knock it with their noses so it swings on the end of its chain, a great little device it has proved to be. Worth buying!