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Whatever next, donuts for hamster, well yes it is a real product and let me tell you about them.
Well whilst in my local pet store at the weekend buying some hamster bedding I took the opportunity to have a look at the current range of hamster treats that they had in stock as I like to give our hamster, Max a bit of variety with his treats and came across these. At first I thought I had misread the label but on closer inspection I found that I was not mistaken you can now get donuts for your little furry friend.
Grabbing the packet in shear excitement at the prospect of watching Max tackling these I headed towards the till without even reading the label to see what was in them. I will also add that this was not the only treat I got for Max and had hubby not been with me there would have been a whole lot more, hubby thinks the hamster is better though of than him and better fed.
When I got home I decided I had better have a look and see exactly what I was about to feed my Max and discovered that this wonderful packet contained four donuts made from eggs, flour and peas, not the sort of donut I would like to eat and I am sure you all prefer a sweeter variety also.
Ok so what do they look like, now opening the packet, scissors are required with this packaging as it is extremely tough to open which is a good thing as I would not like to have a food packet damaged in a shop and finding that the contents of my hamster treats had gone stale. Well the are about 4cm in diameter and 2cms in depth with a small hole in the middle with bits of peas stuck on the top, a bit like you would have chocolate sprinkles I suppose is the best way to describe them.
Taste - well no I did not taste them I left that to Max, now Max is usually quite lively after about 9pm and comes out of his cage for a run around in his play pen which contains some toys and at this time he is often given a treat or two and on Sunday night we decided that we would try him out with one of the donuts. Well have you ever seen a hamster running round in circles with a donut in his mouth, to say we laughed is a understatement as the scene was comical. After Max got tired of carrying round is donut he then had a bit of a nibble to see what it tasted like and it must have been good as he then proceeded to try and pouch to whole donut which he discovered was impossible. Max then spent the next 10 minutes breaking the donut apart and pouching the smaller pieces to store for later and yes he did look like an inflated fur ball when he had finished.
Now examining Max cage last night whilst cleaning him out I noted that there was not a crumb remaining in Max's store room, otherwise known as the wheel in his cage, so I take it that he gives these the thumbs up.
Checking the packet it is recommended that you do only give your hamster one of these per week as a supplement to feeding, try telling that to Max, given the way he has devoured this I think he thinks these are a substitute to his normal feed.
Cost - I paid £1.99 for a pack of four in a pet shop which is not bad considering that they last for 4 weeks. How fresh will they stay, well we shall see as the packet is not re-sealable.