“ Manufacturer: Woodlands / Type: Wooden sticks for small animals to chew „
I seem to get through an awful lot of wooden chews for my 3 guinea pigs and my latest purchase are these Nibble Sticks from my favourite range Woodlands. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Woodlands brand, it is a brand exclusively for Pets at Home and makes treats and toys for small animals using natural materials. I love the look of things by Woodlands as they are nice and natural looking, no bright dyes or paints are used. Their foody treats are all natural too so you don't have to worry about feeding your pet a load of chemicals and additives.
Now, on to these nibble sticks. Basically what you get are little blocks of wood with a hole in them enabling you to hang them up. At just £1.89 these sticks are a great way to encourage your pet to start chewing the right things and to prevent overgrown teeth. They are made from natural wood and do withstand a lot of chewing, I find it takes my trio a while to knaw them to death! There's not a lot to say about them really, they are just rectangular blocks of natural wood that are made for chewing, I would say that they are more of a chewing item than a toy, mine tend to just chew them.
These sticks are suitable for rabbits and guinea pigs and I find that they are a safe item to give to your pet as they don't seem to splinter or break off in to little pieces that could potentially be a choking hazard. The real winner is the price and the fact that they last a long time, though if they got peed on a lot you would have to chuck them away, even so, for the price that they are you can just chuck them away when you need to and you haven't lost a load of money. Recommended by a devoted owner and 3 little piggies. :)
My little hamster, Lennon, is probably the most spoiled hammi in the world. Since he moved in with us a few months ago my whole flatshare is all over him and spoils him with loads of attention, snacks (in moderation of course) and toys. His house - which is more of a mansion then a normal hamster cage - is a colourful plastic monstrosity which takes over my whole desk. To give him a break from all this plastic I bought him a few wooden toys, firstly to give him something new to play with and secondly to try to decrease his cage bar chewing.
One of them were the Woodlands Wood Nibble Sticks; a pack of six small pieces of wood that can be bought for just under 2£ at any pet store. Now a lot of people say that spending money on wood is crazy considering that I could just get some twigs from outside but I wanted to be on the safe side and not accidentally poison him. 2£ for chewing wood is not too much considering that these sticks will probably last for years. Unfortunately it seemed at first that Lennon prefers all his other toys and chewing away on all those things he shouldn't chew on like cage bars, my fingernails and all kinds of paper. Luckily this changed after I used some string to tie them together and attached them to the roof of his cage. It is incredibly cute when he plays Tarzan and dangles on them - certainly one of the cutest things I've ever seen! He sometimes uses them almost as a swing. Tying the wooden pieces is very easy, each one has a little hole in the middle so all you need is string or gardening wire, a bit of creativity and a hamster that loves new toys.
Since the nibble sticks are in his cage and not just flat on the floor Lennon actually started to chew on them and his bar chewing got certainly less - which is great as I can actually get some sleep now!
I will probably not buy these nibble sticks again which is more due to the fact that they will last a lifetime then to them being useless. Although Lennon seems to prefer chewing on his salt and mineral lick he will use the wooden ones a couple of times a day and they certainly help to make his cage a bit more interesting. For 2£ you can provide your little hamster with some healthy enjoyment. They are certainly not the most exciting toy out there but they will not harm your little friend and will help him to maintain healthy teeth.
For me the Woodlands Wood Nibble Sticks deserve 08 out of 10 - they come from a trusted brand, are not too expensive and will not harm your hamster with artificial colours or chemicals. Nibble Sticks are Lennon-approved and will stay in his cage for quite a while!
On a recent trip to Pets At Home to stock up on sawdust for my hamster, I wandered into the toy section for small pets. Now, let's be honest, there's only so much you can do to entertain a hamster, and most of the 'toys' were small sticks in some form or other. Hamsters have a built in instinct to chew, and it's good for there teeth to indulge the habit. My pet, Gimli, certainly goes for all things wooden when he's on the loose, as my slippers can testify- they used to be adorned with dangling wooden beads, until Gimli caught sight of them. So, I thought I'd try to channel his wood habit towards something intended for the purpose, and bought this pack of 6 'nibble sticks', which are suitable for all small pets, including hamsters.
Basically, they're thin, smoothish pieces of wood with a little bark left on for good measure (and maybe more taste variety?!). Each piece measures 10 x 3.5 x 1cm and has a small hole through its middle, which makes them perfect to string up. I used gardening twine to secure several pieces together, knotting it in between to space them out, then hung the whole thing from the top of Gimli's cage, so that it would dangle tantalisingly. I hoped that the movement of these pieces when nudged would arouse Gimli's interest- he'd have to 'chase' them before he could sink his teeth into them, and, let's face it, when you're stuck in a cage 95% of the time, knocking a small piece of dangling wood around starts to look very exciting indeed.
Gimli was certainly curious about the new addition to his cage, and spent a good few minutes grabbing at the topmost 'plank' to hold it in place for a good old chew. Since then, however, the novelty seems to have worn off- I rarely see him paying any attention to his wooden mobile, although one of the planks looks slightly worn around the edges, a sign that he does indulge in the occasional nibble.
When buying these sticks, the thought did cross my mind that spending £1.89 on a few bits of wood for my hammy was a stupid idea when little twigs are so easy to come by for free! But I wanted to be completely sure that I was giving Gimli something clean and safe, that wouldn't poison him or leave splinters in his mouth! Besides, he's so small that these sticks will probably last his whole lifetime, so it's not a great price to pay to ensure that he's always got something to chew on, should he feel the need!