“ Brand: Pets at Home / Type: Willow Sticks „
Soon after buying a not so 'dwarf' lop rabbit, he started trying to get his hands on anything he could chew on. Tables, chairs, doors and most annoyingly (and worryingly), chargers left unattended for 2 seconds!
When I saw these willow sticks in pets at home I knew he would love them. They come in a little parcel all tied up. This of course lasted all of 2 seconds when he went to town on them! Anything that he considers to be 'naughty', he loves doing, so sticks were flung everywhere and he had just as much fun throwing the sticks around the lounge as he did gnawing on them. He would get one stick at a time and strip it down like corn on the cob, throw the bare stick at the wall and then move onto the next one, which was very amusing to watch.
I've since bought many other treats and entertaining toys, but he hasn't had half as much fun with them as he did with these sticks. At £2 they're not too expensive, especially not compared to the price of a lot of things in pets at home! They lasted around a week before he was fully done with them and we decided to remove them as the bare sticks seemed to be splintering a bit, which I would advise doing.
I now have a second rabbit, a female dutch one and she loves the sticks too, which adds even more to our viewing pleasure as they fight over the sticks, which can be hilarious.
I would definitely recommend this product!
I purchased these willow sticks thinking that my two little mini lop rabbits would enjoy a good chomp and probably fing them around the cage a bit.
I put them in their cage at 9am and when I went back at 10am they were gone! I thought maybe they had buried them or they were lost in the bedding but no....they had eaten them! All of them! Im sure it does their teeth good to be eating willow sticks though so not all bad, but its a shame they didnt last longer! Maybe if they were a bit thicker they would have, I'm not convinced though! We have learnt from this experience and for something that costs £4 I will not be buying anything like this again.
The only upside to these is that you can probably take them apart and give them a couple at a time. Still a waste of my cash though unfortunately!
I buy these from Pets at Home for £1.99 a bundle. They are made by Woodlands.
The sticks are a decent shape and length. They aren't too small so they will last for a while. The sticks are designed as a tooth aid, a way of keeping your pig's teeth down as their teeth grow throughout their lives. The sticks look like normal garden sticks but they are "special" sticks designed for rabbits and guinea pigs. I'm the proud owner of a four year old piggy called Guinness and he loves these.
Guinness adores these sticks. He lives on his own so I often worry if he's bored and fed up living by himself. Guinness chews on these sticks for hours on end and he seems to love them. I have noticed a difference in his teeth since he's been chewing on these. His teeth are much better. They actually look whiter and cleaner, definitely not as yellow as they were before. Plus the sticks are a great boredom aid. They don't take up much room in the cage either so you can leave one in there and take it out when you clean out the hutch. You can then place the stick back in the cage. The sticks don't "go off" or appear to go mouldy so they are excellent quality and fresh. I also use the sticks to play with Guinness. He loves it when I tickle his chin with one of these!
The sticks last ages, unless your piggy chews on them constantly. They are great value too and worth a try, even if they're just to keep your piggy's teeth down.
I am the proud owner of 4 delightful male guinea pigs called Bradley, Barney, Rodney and Percy and I do like to spoil them with toys and treats; my boys are very pampered little piggies! Like all rodents, a guinea pig's teeth never stop growing and so they need to chew and gnaw pretty much constantly in order to keep them down and at the right level. Overgrown teeth can make eating very uncomfortable for your pig and if they get extremely long then it really is a problem as they could begin to grow incorrectly (for instance they could grow into your piggy's gums or even cross over), obviously it makes sense to stop these problems before they appear rather than having to go to your vet for an emergency dental.
I provide my piggies with lots of things to chew on and one of their absolute favourites are willow sticks, I buy a bundle of the Woodlands ones every so often and they really do the job; my lot will spend hours chomping away and not only does it wear down their teeth it also provides them with important enrichment - in other words it acts as a boredom breaker. A great thing about these sticks is the price, for just £1.99 you get a fairly big bundle and Pets at Home will quite often have 3 for 2 offers on them; they are completely natural with no added colours or nasties whatsover and unlike other wooden toys they don't stain in the slightest.
These sticks are suitable for all rodents as well as rabbits and I think they are a truly great way to promote gnawing, your pet can wear down their teeth safely and just how nature intended. All 4 of my boys enjoy them, especially Rodney who is an extreme chewer who will happily destroy anything he can get his chompers on! It's a big paws up from my gang!
My "boys" are my pride and joy.......yes, they may well be my children's guinea pigs, but to me they are additional dependants, that still need looking after and cleaning out once a week to stop their beds from smelling too badly....just like my kids really!
Along with the daily care is of course the treats, with the boys (Alvin and Fudge!) probably getting as bored, if not more so than my children, so I always endeavour to get them plenty of toys to play with, with the subject of this review being one of their particular favourites ( and mine too, as they are very cheap to buy and replace!).
My boys love to chew, they will chew anything and everything, I even caught them eating the lower lying clothes on my airer last week (much to my husbands displeasure, they were his boxers!), so decided to get them something that they were actually allowed to chew on!
After perusing through my local Pets at home, (my second favourite shop to Asda!), I decided that something that wouldn't take up too much room in their cage, and something that would last more than an hour was what was required, so these willow sticks practically threw themselves at me!
The sticks come all bundled together in a bunch containing around 10 slender sticks, all held and tied together with a piece of willow twine, you simply remove the outer paper wrap, then give them to your pet and away you go!
The idea behind these is that like most small furry animals, they all like to chew, which in turn helps grind their ever lengthening teeth down, keeping them at a healthy length.
As these are made from natural willow sticks, these are designed to be perfect for help with their teeth, but also to stop boredom.
What did my boy's think?
Fudge took to them straight away, though it didn't take him too long to figure out that to release the sticks he had to chew through the willow twine, which he managed to do with 15 minutes! After this point I was initially concerned that they would have finished the lot by tea time, but found that they seemed to concentrate on one stick at a time, stripping the outer layer away from the stick (which they then ate), once this was done they then discarded the stick, and I simply threw them away the next time I cleaned out the cage.
All in all one pack of sticks lasted them a good month, and every stick by that time had been nibbled at!
Price wise these are currently sold at £1.99 a pack, or 3 for £5.00, so I do tend to stock pile!
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Thanks for reading x