“ Manufacturer: Trixie / Type: Small Pet Toys - Ball „
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Like all pets Guinea pigs, Rabbits, Rats, etc need to have mental simulation in order to keep them healthy, happy and generally less disruptive and the perfect way to fulfill this need is through toys. For this reason every so often I like to buy my furies a new toy to play with, one of which has been the 'Trixie Snacky Ball'.
I purchased this at my local pets at home on a routine visit for the two guinea pigs I had at the time: Miss Piggy and Bailey. It was a treat ball, with the aim (like the bigger dog version) to put food in the adjustable hole and keep the Guinea pigs entertained trying to get the food out. It was quite a pretty little ball about 7cm wide with a yellow background and 3D carrots on top. As it was pretty cheap at £3 so I decided I'd give it a go.
I took it home filled it with some food and put it in their cage expecting them to knock it around and get the treats out but after a little sniff they were bored and didn't touch it again. I tried it another couple of times with them, both in and out their cage but had no success so just used it to hold their treats in. After Bailey passed I got four new Guinea pigs to go with Miss Piggy and so decided to try it again With the new pigs, again little interest was shown in it. It is a lovely toy but from my experiance is too complicated/ much work for my Guinea pigs. I did however find it to be quite a good place to store their treats as it kept them in a nice, compact space.
Other than the pigs lack of interest in the treat ball it is a pretty good product; it is well made out of a plastic material so doesn't fall victim to the wrath of herbivore/ rodent teeth like other toys I've trie; it is nice to look at with it's pretty animal related decoration; and honestly is quite a good concept and if the Pigs had of got the idea I could imagine it would provide quite a few hours of entertainment. It was quite interesting to clean but I found the easiest and most effective way was to chuck some soap and water in it and shack, then leave it to dry out as getting a tissue/ cloth in and out wasn't easy.
The only real criticism I can make is the size of the hole/ door. I struggled to get some of their treats in and out of it (took a fair bit of shaking) as it is quite small compared to most normal sized treats and not the easiest shape either. I feel this is one reason why the pigs didn't like it as it made getting some of the food out very difficult and by the time they could manage to get one out their attention was well gone.
I would recommend this to a friend with a small pet as I imagine if you have a pet that gets it then it will provide a lot of fun for quite a while and for a few pounds it's worth a try. It is a nice product and a good idea, just personally didn't seem to work for my Guinea pigs.
When my sister bought her rabbit we all made a fuss of him like we do with all of the other animals in our homes. During a trip to pets at home one day I spotted a product called the trixie snacky ball and thought it looked good and so I purchased it as a treat for Peter rabbit!
The ball is around the size of a tennis ball I would say. It is made from a thick and hard yellow plastic and it is decorated with pictures of orange carrots. What is different about this ball in comparison to normal play balls is that it has a sliding section on the bottom which can be moved to add treats to the ball which your pet then has to try and get out.
I like the idea of toys such as this one for pets because I think it just makes them work a little bit harder for their treat and use their brain which can only be a good thing in my opinion. It also would act as a boredom buster for many pets as they focussed on trying to get the treats out. We have added small chocolate and yoghurt drops to the ball for Peter and whilst he is interested when he can hear and smell the treats he is not interested enough to spend any amount of time pushing the pall around to work out how to get the treats out.
Whenever my dog goes to my mums she chooses to play with this toy! She is an intelligent Border Collie and had a similar ball when she was a puppy and I think she remembers! She will happily push the ball around to release the treats and gets very excited as she does it. Now obviously it is rabbit chocolate drops in this ball but you could certainly adjust it to add dog chocolate drops.
This ball cost just a couple of pounds from pets at home and I think that it is a shame that the rabbit for whom it was purchased doesn't really bother with it. I would say that if you do have a playful bunny though a toy like this would be a good boredom breaker for them. The ball is well made and hard wearing and can even stand up to being played with by a boisterous collie so I do think it is good quality.
Thank you for reading my review!
When I was recently asked to look after a friend's rabbit while she went on holiday, I was surprised that her instructions to me included a list of things to do for the rabbit to keep it amused. Not really being much of an animal person I wondered how and why a rabbit would need entertaining. However, after spending a week looking after Flapjack, I now understand that rabbits are social and very intelligent creatures and thrive on attention and toys to play with.
One of the things that my friend suggested I do for Flapjack was to fill up his snacky ball with rabbit pellets in order for him to be entertained by this. I found the snacky ball in a pile of his toys. It is 7cm in diameter (somewhere between golf ball and a tennis ball in size) and is bright yellow with embossed carrot motifs all over it. It has a dispensing hole on one side (if a ball can be said to have a side) through which you put the treats in. The hole can be adjusted in much the same way as some spice jars or salt pots to allow either lots or just a little of the product through. I found it easy to fill up and use.
As soon as I put the snacky ball in Flapjack's run, he knew just what to do. He began to push it around with his nose, in doing so releasing some of the pellets from inside which he hastily gobbled up. I've always thought that it's nice for pets to in some way forage for their food as this seems more natural than it just appearing at certain times during the day, and this little ball seemed to provide just such an opportunity. On the medium release setting, the pellets lasted Flapjack about twenty minutes, although there were a few stubborn pieces remaining after this time which no amount of pushing around could seem to dislodge.
I have discovered that the ball is available online for £2.59 from Amazon. I think this is very reasonable for an interesting way of giving your pet some treats and keeping them active. I would definitely buy one if I was to get a pet rabbit.
The Trixie Snacky is a smallish hollow rubber ball about 7cm across with a round plastic "door" on it, when the door is opened you can put treats inside. You then give it to your small pet and they have to work out how to get the treats out by pushing it around. The ball is yellow in colour and is decorated with a carrot design.
I initially bought the Snacky for my guinea pigs Coco and Amber to use when they are playing in their indoor pen.
To put treats into the ball you have to swing the plastic door round, the door is a circular shape, and swings round to reveal a semi-circular opening of about 3 cm in size. Once you have put your chosen treat into the ball you can then close the door choosing how much you leave open. The idea is that they then roll the ball around and the treats will fall out. The carrot pattern of the ball is raised, so when the ball rolls it can go in different directions.
When I first used it I put in a couple of nuggets of their Science Selective food as I thought they would be a good size to fall out of the door.
So I put the ball into their pen at play time and watched eagerly waiting for them to figure out the ball. They had a sniff of it and nudged it around, and then went back to whatever they were doing beforehand, probably pooping knowing them!!
Their food is something that is readily available to them whenever they get a bit hungry, so I thought perhaps it wasn't interesting enough for them to warrant the extra effort of rolling a ball around to get to it. Apple is perhaps one of their favourite treats and they hardly ever get any so I thought putting that into the ball might encourage them a bit more.
Again they showed some interest but they found better things to do in the pen and largely ignored the ball.
I decided that maybe Holly and Archie would enjoy the ball a bit more (I'm not sure why as generally I think they may be two of the laziest rabbits I've seen but hey ho...) I put the ball into their run. They approached it with some intrigue, nudged it a little bit, looked at me "Muuuuuum it smells of food, where is it?" then went back to eating their hay. No success there then.
Apart from the lack of interest in the ball from both pairs, another problem I have with the ball is that because the door only opens a limited way is it is difficult for me to remove, I had to shake the ball until the apple I had put in. This isn't ideal for perishable foods as some might get stuck in there.
I paid £2.59 for the ball from the Zooplus website, so fortunately didn't waste a lot of money on it.