Product Type: Trixie small pet accessories
Newest Review: ... 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... more
I think I enjoyed it more than they did
Trixie Snacky Ball
Member Name: Coconutter
Trixie Snacky Ball
Date: 31/12/11, updated on 30/09/12 (28 review reads)
Advantages: Pretty cheap, Visually nice, Well made, Relatively easy to clean
Disadvantages: Didn't interest my Guinea pigs
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.
Summary: A decent toy for the price but not necersarilly something a lot of small pets are interested in
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