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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer; hamster ball or playpen?
Ball 3 23.08%
Playpen 10 76.92%
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Old 05-27-2016, 11:44 AM   #1
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Default Hamster ball or playpen?

Because both of these, balls especially, are such a controversial topic, I thought it would be interesting to see which people on here prefer

Please state your reasoning in the comments below and any experiences you have had with either
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Old 05-27-2016, 11:53 AM   #2
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Think you need a third option for 'both'....Neptune and Apollo enjoyed going in the ball and also playpen/free roam time. Think it depends on the hammy.

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Old 05-27-2016, 12:14 PM   #3
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I prefer playpens because I keep Chineseys who have very tiny feet that can get caught in the ventilation slots on an exercise ball. Not only that but I think they prefer it too as they can explore toys that have been chosen with their interests in mind as well as getting to do things like treasure hunts where I'll hide seeds for them in their playboxes.

As well as a playpen I've got a small plastic fish tank that is no longer watertight that I fill with substrate for James to dig in. He loves burrowing.
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:22 PM   #4
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I prefer to use playpen, as Sherbet would just sleep in her ball or she would try to chew her way out whereas in her playpen a she likes to explore and run around. Although I use my playpen to divide of a hamster safe corner of my room, so she has a larger area to run around in. Although some of my past hamsters have prefered their balls to playpen but I think this also depends upon the hamster.
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:32 PM   #5
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Default Re: Hamster ball or playpen?

Playpens (or free roam)

I have used balls and as a child I was able to let my hamsters free roam, as an adult and no longer able to allow free roaming, I have used playpens.
From my experience I prefer playpens (or if possible free roaming) as I personally feel that a ball isn't really the best thing to be putting your hamster in. I have had 4 Syrians and only one liked the ball. I was also concerned about the gaps, that a hamster could catch his/her foot in one, also the hamster would crash into walls or furniture, that can't of been pleasant.
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:45 PM   #6
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I have used excercise balls and my hamsters were eager to climb in and often didn't want to come out. I have not had any injuries caused to my hamsters by using a ball.

I have also created play pens and my hamsters liked them to.

I have also free roamed in the hall, which they liked but also they liked to climb the stairs and then play on the landing (area outside the bedrooms). They would sit by my bedroom door when they had finished playing/exploring. I would pick them up and put them back into there cage/tank.

Wth all three my hamsters are supervised to minimise and accidents.
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Old 05-27-2016, 01:57 PM   #7
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My hammy likes the ball, but I think she prefers the playpen... Specially when the playpen is all my bedroom! She loves to hide under my bed and then, one or two hours later, I have to look for her with a lantern, like "Carol Ann, run to the light!". And, believe it or not, she comes to the light
The ball is perfect for exploring unknown places: living room, kitchen...
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Old 05-27-2016, 02:28 PM   #8
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Playpens - most balls are too small for syrians and not suitable for dwarfs. I have the Savic rat ball but have seen Charlie's toe nails through the slits so don't like using it. I'm not actually sure they enjoy the experience either - they tend to run for somewhere dark to hide. Charlie happily hops into it if it's there. I don't know if he likes it or not but I just avoid using it now.
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Old 05-27-2016, 02:29 PM   #9
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I use both. Playbox for the dwarfs and balls for the Syrians. I voted 'balls' but would have voted both.
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Old 05-28-2016, 01:13 AM   #10
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Default Re: Hamster ball or playpen?

If I had all the space in the world, I'd have multiple huge playpens, so I could let all my Syrians out at once (because they all want to be out at once ). I don't, so balls are the best option for me, and luckily I have never had a Syrian dislike their ball, they all happily jump into them and will still try to run in them even if I have taken the door off (and they know I have taken the door off).

With Robos though, I'd vote playpen/playbox, or just getting them out on my bed, as I have had more Robos seem miserable in hamster balls than not.
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