“ Manufacturer: Wilkinsons /Type: Bedding „
I am a fan of shopping in my local Wilkinson's store as its only a stones throw from where I live and not driving means I can shop for heavier items such as this without having to cart it too far! I get through a lot of woodshavings/sawdust. I own four beautiful hamsters (Trevor, Reginald, Winifred and Englebert) who along with my kitten Myrtle mean the world to me. I however hate smelly cages and have four of them to clean on a weekly basis! These come in three sizes. A small pack costs £1.00, the medium £1.75 and the large is £2.50. I always get the medium pack as it is rather large by anyone's standards but the large is large and heavy! The wood shavings come tightly sealed and pressed together well within a see through plastic pack and on it we are clearly told what they are and who they by and that they are biodegradable. On the back of the pack other informational listed includes contact details for Wilkinsons and that's about your lot really. Using Them: These are suitable for all small furries from rats to rabbits and everything inbetween. They are small shavings and of good quality and light wood and they smell of fresh and clean wood. No pieces are sharp but they are very dry indeed and I sprinkle them liberally into each one of my hamsters clean cage. These are highly absorbent and I am impressed that they tend to keep their cages cleaner for longer than cheaper brands. I have tried many other brands of sawdust/wood shavings and found them to be sharper or cause skin irritation, I have used scented woodshavings/sawdust too which doesn't suit one of my hamsters as she is very sensitive to it so I usually buy plain such as this. I like these and my hammies appear to be happy with it. Less dust is good thing so I can be sure it isn't getting in their eyes, there's no sharp bits to poke them and all round this is good stuff, good quality as well as being great value! Only available from Wilkinson's.
I normally buy my shavings from our local pet shop, it's not that far away from me, and having used the same product for so long, I know it is good and that I can trust it. However, on this one occasion I was in Wilkinsons buying other bits and happened across the pet isle, remembering that we were a tad low on wood shavings, I bought a medium packet £1.69 I believe and went home. I thought nothing of the difference in product until I opened the clear cellophane wrapping, yes they were wood shavings and very tightly packed as normal but there were big chunks of wood in amongst the shavings. I do not get these with my other brand, and was a little put off by it. I used the shavings for a while and noticed that my hamster was scratching a lot more than usual. After cleaning her out and making sure everything was dry and clean properly, I replaced the shavings and kept an eye on her, over the next few days she started to scratch the back of her neck so much there was skin showing and tufts of fur were missing. I visited my original pet shop and explained the symptoms and was told it sounded like mites to take her to the vet. This I did and after again explaining was told it was indeed mites and to discard any further shaving and to go back to my original supplier. 'Chip' was under constant watch and had to have cream and powder applied twice a day until the mites vanished. We are using the original shaving now and thankfully (touch wood!) everything is back to normal, her hair has grown back and she seems no worse for wear from it. For £1.69, it may have been cheap but my vet bill defiantly wasn't.
I currently have a Syrian Hamster and four Degus so I get through a fair amount of wood shavings. For this reason I've been trying to find something which is both cheap and effective and this led me to buying a pack of Wilko's Wood Shavings. These wood shavings come in three sizes. A small pack costs £1, medium costs £1.75 and large costs £3. I tend to buy the medium packs as I find this size easier to carry home. These all come tightly compressed and are a light enough, the large pack is just a little bulky when you're on a bus with your other shopping! The compressed wood shavings come in a clear thick plastic packaging which displays the Wilko label, product name and information and a pretty cute picture of a Hamster, Rabbit and Guinea Pig. The packaging tells us that these wood shavings are bio gradable and eco-friendly and promises that our 'cuddly little friends will love burrowing into bed' with these shavings. The plastic wrappings is thick enough to withstand the weight of the shavings without splitting or just tearing completely open when a hole is made to access the shavings but isn't so tough you can't open it with your hands either. Once opened the shavings are easily pulled apart and spread across my pets cage floors to make them a nice cosy home. I just grab a handful and then start pulling them apart in the bottom of the cages and this is when you realise how compressed these shavings are as a handful goes quite a long way! There's no way of resealing the bag once finished but I don't suppose any wood shavings offer this feature (god knows why, that'd certainly appeal to me!) so I tend to keep mine in a large carrier bag so that if the pack topples over or anything all the shavings are kept in one place and don't create a mess. This way I don't have to mess about trying to get through a load of cellotape every time I want to use the shavings. The shavings certainly do the job. I've always cleaned my Hamster out once and week and I've been doing the Degus every two-three days (there's four of them meaning there's a lot of poo produced!) and I find these shavings still allow me to do the task at those times as they're just as absorbent as others I've been using so don't allow the cages to quickly start to smell. These shavings don't seem to have caused any of my pets any irritation either and they all seem happy enough with this bedding. My calm little hamster Frank likes to make himself a nice big ball in the corner of his cage with these to sleep in and my Degus have no trouble soundly sleeping with these shavings either so I'm pretty happy with them. They're a decent price and are effective at their job, what more could you want from wood shavings?
I have always owned small pets all my life whether they have been mice, hamsters, gerbils and rats. My most recent pet has been 3 rat sisters, very happy, very clean and cuddly. i used to buy all the wood shaving from our local pet shop because it was trusted however i fell a little short one day and purchased this from my local Wilkinsons. Tehey come is 3 sizes 79p for a small pack, £1.69 for a medium pack, and £2.99 for a large pack. It is very compact in the clear plastic packaging and easy to carry and store when at home. i had to buy the large one because i have a very big cage and the large would only just have enough to cover the bottom of the cage, something that isnt ideal as i like to have a thick layer at the bottom of the cage due to the animal urine. Although it is a little absorbant its doesnt absorb everything and the bottom of the cage was wet that i noticed. After a day of having the wood shavings in the rat cage i noticed my rats were scratching a lot, pulling their fur out and jumping around the cage. After taking them to the vets i was told it was mites, normally caused by wood and wood shavings, although i couldnt prove that it was from this perticular brand of wood shavings, this was the only different brand i had purchased and that had been in the rats cage. After a few weeks and several pounds later my rats are back to normal and i have continued to use the wood shavings from my local pet shop and not had any problems since. I dont know if that was the only product that have mites in them or is wilkos do not check any of the products that are put on the shelf for sale but i feel that if they are selling something and it could be affecting the animals welfare they need to check the product before putting it avaliable to sell i wouldnt recommend this product to people who love their pets, it took time and money to get my pet rats back to a healthy state.
Our local Wilkinsons has had a bit of a revamp with a nicely improved pet care section. They are now stocking lots of own branded items at reasonable prices, so I have been trying out various products in their range. It's essential to keep stocked up on bedding materials and Wilkinsons supply bags of wood shaving in various sizes. They can be bought from the high street stores, or you can order via the catalogue or online at www.wilkinsonplus.com. It's good value for money with prices being: 79p for a handy pack, £1.69 for a medium pack, and £2.99 for a large pack. Product description: "Wood shavings for small beds, reduce your carbon paw print. Suitable for: rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, gerbil, mouse, chinchilla, reptiles and ferret. Biodegradable, eco friendly shavings." Firstly, it's important to note that you should always use wood shavings for small pet bedding, and not saw dust. The dust can be inhaled and cause problems including respiratory conditions that can severely affect your pets' health. The larger pieces of wood shavings are usually dust extracted and this makes them safe to use as they're dust-free. The wood shavings are sealed inside a plastic wrapper, and they are very tightly packed in. This means that you get a lot of product for your money, as the shavings separate and expand when taken out of the packet to use. I tend to pull out a clump and crumble this up into smaller pieces as this makes it easier to spread out and is softer for the little ones to walk on without coming across uncomfortable lumpy bits. Over the years I have kept several guinea pigs and more recently, a hamster. I like to keep their cages as comfortable as possible so use plenty of beddings materials to keep them snug and cosy. I always use a good sized layer of wood shavings as a base for the pets to walk around on to make it comfortable for them, and also so they can dig and bury things if they want to. The shavings are lightweight but also firm so it makes a good floor covering. They are absorbent and it's easy to see when the shavings get soiled which makes cleaning up quick as I can just remove the dirty areas and then freshen it up with new shavings. Small animals usually choose a specific place as their toilet area, so it's best to clean this area every day or two and then I give a full clean out once a week. My pets have been very happy with these wood shavings making up their main floor covering / bedding material. They are able to run around and exercise without slipping or sinking in! My hamster would always have great fun digging into the wood shavings and leaving little stashes of food buried around her cage. This bedding material is a fully natural product so I am safe in the knowledge that they are not harmful at all to my pets, although the wood shavings are pretty much the only thing that don't get nibbled on! The wood shavings are resistant, hardwearing and give good results for a practical item. The shavings always seem to be good quality and are good value for money as you can get a lot of uses from one bag due to it being packed in so tightly. Another great thing about using a natural bedding product like wood shavings is that it is completely bio-degradable. After I've removed any dirty bedding from my pets' cages I bag it up and it goes off to my dad's allotment to be composted and turned into fertiliser for his veggies. A perfect way to get rid of waste without sending it to a nasty landfill! I'd be happy to recommend these wood shavings and have been very impressed with Wilko's pet range so far.