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Old 09-20-2016, 10:51 AM   #1
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Default Hamster Balls?

Are hamster balls bad? I haven't got one but I'm just wondering if I've missed something because I haven't heard or seen anyone mention them?
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Old 09-20-2016, 10:57 AM   #2
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Hi there!

Whether you think hamster balls are bad or not is totally a matter of opinion and there is a lot of conflict in the hamster community as to whether they should be used or not.

Personally, I don't like them, as your hamster can't use it's natural sense of smell to suss things out around them, as well as the fact they can't get to any water if they need to drink.

However, they can be a good thing to use if you have cats or dogs or ferrets, as you can ensure their safety. Saying this though, you shouldn't let your pet chase your hamster or be in the same room as your hamster even if they are in the ball, because this will stress and upset the hamster.

Overall I would say it is better just to give them some enriching playtime outside the cage but not in a ball (maybe in the bathtub if you have one, or just on the floor in a hamster proof room) where they can smell and familiarize themselves with the surroundings!

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Old 09-20-2016, 11:01 AM   #3
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That's great! Thanks so much for your help
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Old 09-20-2016, 11:02 AM   #4
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Other than the issues which have already been mentioned like balls not allowing hamsters to use their senses,balls can be extremely dangerous for tiny feet and claws.Severe injury can be caused,or if it goes to a certain point ripping a claw off could potentially lead to death if the bleeding is not immediately stopped.

I personally do find them to be a massive waste of money.You can have a playpen for free depending on what you use,or it won't cost a lot of money anyways,while hamster balls especially those large enough for Syrians will cost way more than they are worth with all the risks they bring and how unnatural they are in comparison.
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Old 09-20-2016, 11:02 AM   #5
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That's great! Thanks so much for your help
No problem whatsoever!
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Old 09-20-2016, 11:59 AM   #6
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Default Re: Hamster Balls?

There seems to be a very mixed opinion on them and their suitability depends on your hamster really. If you've got a Chinese or a Roborovski then balls are probably best avoided as they have very small feet that can get stuck in the ventilation holes but yet I know of some Syrians in particular who enjoy a short run in an exercise ball.

I think the important thing with exercise balls is to remember that the hamster has no access to food, water or a retreat if they need it so it's best to keep the time that they're in there brief. Block off anywhere you don't want the hamster to go, particularly stairs and be aware as you move around the room where the hamster is so that you don't accidentally kick them.
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