Before our remaining gerbil went up to the great gerbilarium in the sky, we spent a small fortune in little accessories to help keep him occupied and fit and healthy during the day.
These Woodlands Play sticks were a regular purchase as they were inexpensive, costing around £3 for a small collection from Pets at Home. Although it might not be clear from the product name, these were not just separate sticks, rather a series of sticks connected together with flexible wiring to enable them to be shaped and used for a variety of different purchases.
We bought this originally anticipating that our gerbil would utilise this as a little bridge as it can be curved over into an arched shape and we placed in on the top of his cage in that format, hoping to watch our gerbil climbing over and crawling through the little tunnel. The wood itself itself is certainly strong enough to support a tiny gerbil doing both of those activities.
Our gerbil, however, had other ideas and tended just to drag this arch down into his thick wood shavings section of tank and then completely bury it. He would then make himself a cute little burrow underneath the curved section and have the rest of it completely surrounded by shavings, so he had his own comfortable little save haven!
He would also amuse himself and help to keep his sharp teeth in check by gnawing on the sticks themselves. This would carry on until the whole structure he had lovingly created would end up collapsing as the sticks broke and the arch deteriorated. At that point, we would know it was time to replace his sticks!
I would recommend this as an inexpensive and versatile accessory to any gerbil owner.
At about £4, this is one of the cheaper products in Munch's cage (my Russian Dwarf hamster), but it is one of his absolute favourites.
The product is made of natural wood which he loves to nibble on. This works really well for keeping his teeth down to a healthy size. It also looks really appealing in the cage - I much prefer natural wooden toys like this to the plastic toys available. The sticks are bound together by two pieces of metal wire running through the middle which can be bent so the sticks can be made into a number of different shapes. This makes the product versatile and it still retains its shape extremely well even though we have re-shaped it numerous times.
Sometimes we use the sticks as a climbing frame for him as it is perfect for him to run over. Other times we have buried it into his sawdust - this is one of his favourite uses for the sticks. He burrows his way in and likes to sleep under the play sticks. I imagine it's nice and warm in there but there is still a little natural light peaking through. It can also be used as a ramp without bending the wire at all.
The next item on my Pets at Home wish list is definitely a second set of these play sticks. They aren't too big like some small animal toys that are on sale so they fit really well into a cage.
I picked some of these up from Pets-At-Home - they came with a money back 100% satisfaction guarantee so if you or your pets aren't happy with it, you can take it back in store and get a full refund! The Woodlands Pet Play Sticks are made out of everything that is natural! all natural are Goodness like woods and grasses, are packed in to these sticks. My thoughts were this was a good buy for £7 and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
These Play sticks were advertised as 'loved by small pets everywhere'!
Great for playing and nibbling, they can help keep their teeth trim as well as keeping them active at playtime.
Approximate Dimensions (Product):
Small - 20 x 2 x 10cm
Medium - 28 x 2 x 17cm
Large - 26 x 6 x 30cm
The sticks look like small dark barks. You get a load of them ( about 20) stuck together with bendable wire. Just simply put the sticks in to the shape to fit nicely in to your cage or hutch. You don't have to worry about your little pets hurting themselves on the wire because
the wire in the middle is hidden away by all of the sticks.
I put the ones I bought in to the hamsters cage and he has so much fun with his, he climbs on it as well as chews on it! my daughter changes the shape of the sticks every now and then so the hamster must think he has new toys every week!
===What a boy wants===
My brother has wanted to be in the army since I can remember. He's one of those ridiculously active types with muscles on top of muscles and limitless energy reserves quite happy to let you punch his rock hard abs as hard as you can whilst maintaining a grin on his face. That has come in rather handy now that he has two adorable little boys, both as energetic as he is and quite willing to beat daddy up (in a loving way, of course). As well as allowing them to have fun, he and his partner are also quite good at teaching them to be responsible. Ish. As such he decided to get them a pet that would last them a lifetime if cared for. Percy the Tortoise was introduced and the boys fell in love with him. Until a couple of weeks ago, my brother, his family and the tortoise were stationed in Senne-lager in Germany. They recently got the news that they would be getting moved out to Cyprus instead. Amid the excitement of being moved somewhere hot, there was also a little sadness attached. Poor Percy couldn't come. It would cost over a grand to get the little blighter through quarantine which just wasn't something they could afford. Instead, they asked Allan and me if we could look after him for a couple of years. We said yes and waited for the day Percy would arrive.
===What a Tortoise wants===
Percy is a Testudo Hermanni Hermanni Tortoise. If you are building them an enclosure there are a few things you will require. Food (I'll be growing my own in plant pots in his enclosure) water and most importantly shelter. Like most animals, Tortoises like to snuggle themselves away somewhere safe when they are sleeping and take a few opportunities each day to do so. Preferably, they need more than one place to hide too. One close to their heat lamp and one further away from their heat lamp. This is basically so the Tortoise can choose if it wants to heat up or cool down. Their temperature is one of the most important things they need to regulate as it can effect how they digest their food and nutrients, meaning if they can't get a good mix, they could end up with lots of health issues.
While looking around Pets at home, we were directed to a set of "Woodlands Play Sticks" that could double up as a second home for Picky Percy. "Woodlands" is a trademarked to Pets at Home and tends to do things to cater for Rabbits, gerbils and other rodents. It's all made out of "Natural Goodness" aka woods and grasses. The Woodlands sticks come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee so if you or your pets aren't happy with it, you can take it back in store and get a full refund. If you want you can even call them on a free phone number 0800 328 4208. That line is open Monday to Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday to Sunday 9am to 5pm. Fab!
===If you go down to the woods today===
This item is basically about 18 dried sticks with dark bark still on them, which have two thick pieces of wire through the middle joining them together like a raft. You can bend the wire to make different shapes out of the wood. We have bent it into a rough semi circle so that it creates a large house area for Percy to get into. You could also use it to make ladders for two tiered enclosures or simply to fence off areas of the enclosure to that your pet needs to do a bit more walking to get round, giving him more exercise. We chose this as a house as there are gaps between the stick to allow a bit of the light and heat in opposed to the built in house which has no gaps and won't let any light or heat in. It also looks very nice and natural giving Percy's enclosure a bit of character rather than just being straight cut edges of MDF.
When bent in a semi circle shape it's about 8 inches tall and wide, reaching almost to the top of Percy's enclosure and offering him lots of room for grass and wood chips underneath so he can dig himself in and be comfy without hitting his shell off the roof.
If you have the fluffier kind of pet, they can use this to chew on to keep their teeth at a decent length. My friend has one for her rabbits and they chew it all the time. The wire in the middle is shielded enough by the sticks to not be a problem. As for Percy, he doesn't nibble on this at all which is fine by me. I would imagine a large bunny may just fit into this if used as a little hideaway, but it might be a bit tight. To get an idea of how much you get to play with, the measurements (approx) are as follows: 30cm x 47cm x 2.5cm
So far so good. Percy has discovered his new home and has even slept in it a few times. Thankfully this type of Tortoise doesn't create a lot of moisture in his environment so we have no issues with the wood absorbing anything it probably shouldn't. I would imagine larger fluffier animals may create a little bit more pee than Percy does. It's quite possible it could get smelly in that circumstance. Again, however, Percy has had no problem. He occasionally tries to climb up the side of it, but we've made it steep enough to stop him getting too far. The wire is thick enough to make the shape you want stay firmly but is also easy enough to bend without a lot of force. I'm not sure it would support the weight of larger animals like bunnies but it would definitely hold smaller ones like rats, ferrets, hamsters and even Percy without distorting at all.
===Ryan's Wallet Says===
At 6.99 this is one of the cheaper things we've bought Percy. I can honestly see this lasting the entire two years we'll be looking after him but even if for some strange reason it doesn't, then it is cheap enough to buy another. They even come in different sizes if you are looking for something a bit smaller. It feels like a good quality product and it looks lovely in Percy's enclosure. The only issue that I have with the whole thing is that it doesn't tell me what kind of wood the sticks are made out of. It simply states "natural wood". I'll be firm and take one star off for that, as I really prefer to know exactly what I'm putting in with pets. One last good point is the packaging. The sticks come wrapped in a cardboard sleeve which is widely recycled. That's good news for Eco-warriors and recycle-Nazis. It's also good news for the planet!
These sticks have made a perfect little home for Percy allowing light and heat through while giving him a bit of a hidey-hole when he wants to be anti social. The price is good and I can see them lasting a long time with Percy. Other animals may chew this to pieces a bit quicker, but that all depends on the individual animal. If they do decide to nibble, it's actually quite good for most fluffy ones to do so. The only thing I'm taking a star off is the lack of information as to what type of wood they have used for this. Other than that though, a very good product with recyclable packaging which should help keep your pet occupied and/or sheltered. Four stars from me.
With 5 hamsters (till today and now I only have 4 hamsters sadly) I always seem to be on the lookout for toys, treats and generally just things to keep them amused with, a hobby that costs me a fortune believe me! One of my favourite places to shop for a variety of items is Pets At Home where I usually end up emptying my purse once a week!
I do like versatile items in their cages. I do buy big cages but they soon get cluttered up so if I can purchase things that double up as such I will and not only is this something you can bend into shape but also its great for rodents/animals teeth.
This is available in 3 different sizes. I bought the small one which is ideal for small rodents such as hamsters and gerbils and I paid £2.79 for it, then they come in medium for chinchillas and the likes and they cost £4.79 and then you can buy the largest size for £6.79 meant for rabbits and guinea pigs and larger pets. However I don't think it matters what size you want to get its all about the room available for a pet and where they live. I mean its no good getting small for say a rabbit and expecting them to use a small set but you can go large for smaller pets of course!
Well they are brown, coated in like a bark and cylinder shaped sticks and in the smll set you get 16 sticks. They are all slightly different in appearance as they are a natural product and no matter the size you get they all attached to one another by a steel wire making them bendable and you can make these into a bridge, staircase whatever really. It stands freely in our cage and my hamster, Trevor loves them! Not only can he play on the bridge, hide under it, he has also made a bed down there sometimes he has a nibble too which is completely fine and means he's looking after and trimming his own teeth so I don't have to (cringe!).
All in all he's had this a quite a few months now, its barely seen any damage and will last his lifetime with no issues at all. Its a good quality and functional bit of kit this and both Trevor and I are very happy with it!
Available at Pets At Home.
I think it is probably safe to say that my hamster Jasper is quite spoilt! Whenever I go to pets at home I seem to return with something new for him and around six months ago I purchased the woodlands pet play sticks for his cage.
The woodland pet items do seem to be quite a natural range with many items made from wood and these play sticks are no different. They come in various sizes ranging from large for rabbits and small for hamsters and the like. The small one which I bought for Jasper cost £2.79 which I didn't think was such a bad price.
Basically the woodlands pet play sticks are wooden sticks, perhaps around sixteen or so, which are held together with two pieces of thin metal which runs through them. The metal used is bendy and so you can put the sticks in to various positions. In Jaspers cage I have them bent in to an almost bridge shape which balances on the side of his cage.
Jasper loves to climb up on the play sticks, especially when he can see me in the kitchen because he likes to think that if he is more noticeable I will go over and make a fuss and give him a treat! Yes he really does beg! He knows that it works though I guess! He will also hide under the play sticks when he is feeling a little shy so it gives him options. The play sticks can be bent to make a fence, bridge or even stairs I would imagine so they are pretty flexible!
What I really like about these play sticks personally is that they are made from a natural wood which means that Jasper can have a good chew on them if he wants and they will help to keep his long teeth under control. He doesn't let me see him chew the sticks but they have definitely been chewed at some point in places!
I do really recommend these play sticks. I think they make a nice addition to Jaspers cage and I like the fact that they are flexible and so you can vary things in your pet's cage and make it more interesting for them. I often hide treats under Jaspers for him to sniff out and find which just means I know he has something to do when he gets up from bed!
Thank you for reading my review!
Woodlands Pet Play Sticks are a cage accessory/toy for small animals, consisting of several sticks joined together by a flexible length of metal so that you can bend them into different shapes. They come in three sizes, the smallest is suitable for hamsters mice and gerbils, the middle size for rats and chinchillas and the biggest size is great for rabbits guinea pigs and ferrets. I have two of these in my rats' cage and they love them.
The Play Sticks are versatile, I currently have one set in the shape of a bridge that the rats like to sleep under and one set up as a ramp that they like to climb on. Their favourite thing to do with these though is to chew on them! Rats love to chew and need to in order to keep their teeth clean, healthy and short enough so I'm really pleased that they seem to love chewing these sticks, it means they won't last forever but no pet toy does I don't think!
The wood is natural and non-toxic so the chewing isn't a problem at all, the metal that connects the sticks runs through the middle of them and isn't exposed at all so is perfectly safe. It would take an awful lot of chewing for them to reach it!
The only slight issue I have with these is that they're a bit of a pain to clean, being wood they're quite absorbent and might end up a bit smelly if you're not careful! I give them a spray with a pet safe disinfectant and a really good wipe clean once a week or so and they've been fine so far.
Woodlands Pet Play Sticks are currently available from Pets at Home but they may not stock every size, there are several online pet shops that do though. They are great value for money, even the biggest size is only around £7-8 and your pet will get hours of fun from them.
My two rabbits love anything made of willow. I often buy them willow balls and they happily sit chewing them for hours. When I saw these willow sticks in pets at home, I thought my rabbits would love them, so I bought them for around £6.
When I got home I put them in my rabbits hutch, and they never bothered with them! Usually they go mad when you put anything willow in there, but they weren't at all interested in these sticks! I left them in for a week and they ended up just burying them in the sawdust.
I decided if they weren't going to eat or nibble on them, I would try and make a toy out of them. These willow sticks are all attached together and you can bend them into shapes. So I bought another couple of these and made them into a little tunnel with three of them and I put lots of straw in and made it all cosy for them to sleep under there.
My rabbits love there little den I made for them! I've had these willow sticks now about a year and they still look like new. They have had a little nibble on them at the edges, but they haven't bothered trying to properly eat them.
These willow sticks come in all different sizes, I bought the biggest ones for £6 as my rabbits are quite big but they also do them in smaller sizes, which are a lot cheaper.
I would definitely buy these for small animals, you would only need one set of sticks to make a nice little bed for a hamster or gerbil. These willow sticks are definitely worth the money I paid for them, as they have lasted a year and look like they will lasts a good few years more.
Woodlands play sticks are a great accessory for all small pets (from guineapigs and rabbits down to dwarf hamsters) as they come in 3 different sizes. They are designed (same length sticks joined together by 2 flexible bits of metal running through the middle) so that they can be bent into different shapes - this means that they are usually bent into a semi circle and used as a snug, but you could also theoretically use it as a ladder. The sticks also double up as a chew toy.
The wood is all natural and not at all poisonous to any small animals (some woods we have in this country are poisonous to small pets).
I have one of these in each of my rat cages and they're all very well used. The rats like to sleep under them in the heat of summer as it seems to be the coolest area of the cage and in the winter I line underneath it with an old tshirt to keep them warm. They all chew on the wood from time to time which helps to keep their teeth worn down (as rodents teeth are constantly growing) and they often use the playsticks as an extra level when running around the cage so it provides them with something interesting and fun - essentially I look at it as a three in one toy.
The only downside I have found has occured in my larger boys cage - my rats in there have a tendancy to sit on top of the playsticks and wee and poo on it. This means that it gets all sticky and clogged up. I have tried scrubbing it clean in the sink but to no avail so I think I'm going to have to chuck it and buy another. That said the rats in my two other cages have not 'defaced' their playsticks in such a manner so it will depend on your individual pets as to whether or not you experience this problem.
As mentioned earlier the sticks come in 3 sizes - small, medium and large. The current prices are: £2.69, £4.69 and £6.59, so essentially the large the animal the more you pay. I feel the prices are reasonable when taking into consideration the use that your pets will get out of the sticks.
Packaging wise there is very little to throw away - just a small cardboard sheath around the middle of the sticks, which can of course be recycled.
Overall I would thoroughly recommend this product - all my rats love it, it keeps them entertained, keeps their teeth worn down and lasts for a long time.
I recently submitted a product suggestion for a willow stick bundle rabbit toy, but it was deemed so similar to this product that Dooyoo suggested I write my review here instead.
I bought the willow sticks during a recent shopping trip to Wilkinsons. I wanted a toy that the rabbit would enjoy playing with, and that would have positive health benefits. I do let the rabbit out for a run every day, but as she spends a large portion of her time in the hutch, I felt it was important to provide something for mental stimulation, as rabbits are intelligent creatures and get bored very easily! She already has a plastic plant pot, a cardboard tube and a ping pong ball in the hutch to play with, and when I saw these I thought they looked really good.
Rabbits love chewing and nibbling on things. This helps to keep their teeth worn down, as rabbit teeth are always growing, and need to be kept worn down, otherwise there are huge health implications. These sticks are an irresistible treat for a curious rabbit, and they will enjoy nibbling on them as well as playing hide and seek with them in the hutch. A bundle of these sticks costs about £2 in Wilkinsons, which I feel is a very reasonable price, as they last absolutely ages.
Initially, the sticks were bundled together, but the rabbit soon chewed through the ties and seperated the sticks all over the hutch. This can mean that I inadvertently end up binning some of them when I clean out the hutch, unless I am very vigilant and fish them all out first!
These sticks are a really healthy treat for rabbits and other small animals as they contain nothing harmful and have many health benefits. With winter coming, the rabbit is likely to be spending even more time cooped up, so toys like this will keep her active and relieve her boredom, as well as maintaining her dental health.
I notice Amazon are selling packs of these sticks for about £9, which in my opinion is far too expensive. Smaller local petshops, Supermarkets and Wilkinson stores will have these on sale a lot cheaper, so it pays to shop around. Personally, I wouldn't be prepared to pay more than £3 for a bundle of these sticks. I would also welcome more good ideas from pet owners on good toys for rabbits. Any suggestions?
I am not very much of a people person, I love animals and my pets are hugely important to me. I have two pet bunnies that live inside as house rabbits. There is a Pets at Home store within only a 10 minute walk of my house, so this is usually my first choice for pet products. The Woodlands Pet Play Sticks can be bought from Pets at Home shops, or online at www.petsathome.com. They come in a choice of three sizes and you can pick which one will best suit your pet. I have a large one for my rabbits which costs £6.59, and I also have a medium size one for my guinea pig which costs £4.69. There is a small size available that I think would best be suited to rats, hamsters, gerbils etc and this costs £2.69.
Pets at Home say: "The Woodlands gang instinctively love to chew as it helps to wear down their teeth and keep them at a healthy length.
They are also a bit mischievous and like to play hide and seek, so the Woodlands Small Pet Play Sticks are ideal.
Made from natural wood, Woodlands Small Pet Play Sticks are perfect to nibble on and have been designed to help keep them entertained and stop them from getting bored as the sticks can be easily shaped into a hideaway, fence or stairway."
I have 2 rabbits and one guinea pig, all of which live within my house in their own special bedroom, and they each have their own cage where I put their food, water, and sleeping areas. I have two of these toys, the large one I leave in the floor area of the room for my rabbits, and the medium one is housed inside my guinea pig's cage.
The Woodlands Small Pet Play Sticks toy is made up of 100% natural wooden sticks that are connected by a metal rod at each ends. This forms the sticks into a strip that can then be repositioned into an archway, tunnel, bridge, or just left flat if you want. I'm not entirely sure as it's not stated on the packaging, but I believe the wooden sticks are willow - willow has a very distinctive scent and these sticks smell lovely! The scent of it does die down after a while though. The sticks are totally natural so this means it is perfectly safe for your pets to use. I really like that it is made of natural components, as this gives my house dwelling pets a touch of the outdoors environment and is a nice contrast to the other plastic and metal toys they have.
These Play Sticks are a very good idea for several reasons. Firstly, it is important to keep small pets occupied and get their minds stimulated as although they may not be the brightest of animals, they are very inquisitive and require distractions to keep them from being bored and becoming destructive. This is especially important for my house rabbits as they do tend to start nibbling at the wallpaper or attempting to dig up the carpet if they don't have enough toys to keep them entertained.
Secondly, it is essential for your small pets to have items around that they can gnaw on. If they do not have things to chew and nibble at then their teeth will continue growing and this can become painful and even dangerous to their health. You should always provide things like hay, wooden toys, and even mineral blocks for your pets to chew at so they can keep their teeth in check.
Thirdly, small animals are basically designed to be prey, and as such they will feel uncomfortable and unhappy if they are unable to find shelter or cover to settle down or hide in. If you bend these sticks into shape then you can make a hideaway area that will provide an area of cover if you pet feels like being quiet and needs some relaxation or recuperation time.
As for using them, my guinea pig Shinobi is a very big fan. I have the medium play sticks inside her cage and I have bent them into an arch shape so she can duck under and run through it, which she does often. I also like to stuff the underneath of it full of hay, so she can have a good burrow and dig around in it all, which is nice as it allows her to explore and exercise a bit, as well as providing some variety to the environment inside her cage. The only problem I have noticed with the guinea pig is that sometimes the stick arch becomes unbalanced as she is playing and it can tumble over. She is always fast enough to get out of the way and hasn't ever been hurt but I do worry about it a bit! She does seem to like purposely tipping it the wrong way up and climbing on it as well. She hasn't seemed to chew on the wood that much but she also has a wooden 'house' inside the cage which is her sleeping area, and this gets nibbling priority.
As for my bunnies, I have a large play sticks set up in a similar arch shape which I leave on the floor inside the room with their cages in. When they are allowed out for playtime it gets a fair amount of use, mostly from being nibbled at. They also like to stretch up and jump on top of it, and this is nice as it gives then some exercise and also encourages their curiosity. One of the bunnies in particular is more fond of this toy, and will regularly nuzzle it as he rubs his neck over it to mark with his scent. The other bunny kind of ignores it but will nibble on and hide behind it occasionally. But, 2/3 ain't bad! My guinea pig loves hers, and one of my bunnies is also very keen, the other one seems to have preferences for other toys instead but this may be due to the material as he likes cardboard and paper things more than wood.
All in all I think these are a great idea as they keep your pets entertained, healthy, and safe. It's a clever multi-purpose item and I would say it's an easy way to meet your pet's needs without needing to buy lots of different accessories and toys. It's also good if you have limited space as they can play, chew and shelter all with this one toy. My Play Sticks have stood up to a lot of abuse and although they look worn and chewed to bits in some parts, the general structure is holding up well and they are very sturdy items. Strong enough to take a lot of use, and they are good value for money as they will last you for years.
I would certainly recommend this for use with guinea pigs and rabbits, and I bet smaller pets would love it too. They are hard-wearing, great value and provide good entertainment to stop your pets becoming bored. A great all-rounder and perfect for beginners or new pet owners.
When I first got my guinea pigs a year back I bought some of these for them to knaw on as they need to keep their teeth down, these sticks have proved very popular - my piggies love them!
Woodlands Pet Play Sticks to give them their full title come in 3 different sizes - small, medium and large and they can be bought from Pets at Home (which is where I got mine, I'm unsure if you can buy them in other shops though.) Prices start at £2.69 for the small ones, £4.69 for the medium and £6.59 for the large size.
A great thing about these sticks is that they can be shaped in to a hideaway, a tunnel etc so they are versatile too. These sticks are 100% natural wood and are completely safe for your small pets. My pigs are chewers and spend a lot of time stripping the bark off, thus their teeth never get overgrown, hurrah! :)
If you just want something for your pets to chew then I'd say these are a tad on the expensive side, though as already mentioned they can be shaped in to little house and tunnel so that adds a bit of value to them in my eyes. I'd say these are suitable for most small animals, though if unsure ask someone in store.