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Old Today, 12:00 AM   #31
Millie
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Hamster balls do not count as enrichment.They really don't offer anything,and in some places are considered cruel as they inhibit senses,are forceful,provide no true exploration and enrichment(refer back to the inhibition of senses issue,as this plays into that as well but there is much more to it than just that),and can be extremely dangerous for tiny claws and toes

For food the best in the UK is Harry Hamster.It's not expensive,but the quality is wonderful and it meets the nutritional needs however you do need to offer animal protein(freeze dried meat is ideal,cooked would be fine as a treat but has far less nutritional value so is inferior to freeze dried or raw meat,or freshly killed or dried safe insects along with freshwater shrimp once again dried)regularly for the diet to be truly natural and appropriate to the species.

I would stick to a Silent Runner only,in the 12 inch size of course as that fits any Syrian.You don't need a flying saucer nor are they really that great of a wheel even as an addition,since they don't replicate the natural running pattern in any way as companies like to claim They cause side arching,are much more dangerous due to the design even though some would claim they're perfectly safe,and there are definitely much better things to use to fill up the space one would take up while offering far more enrichment!
Oh wow okay, things have definitely changed since I had my last hammy, thank you for letting me know. I will look into other ways of enrichment.

I am in the UK. Do you know where I could get Harry hamster from? I had a quick google of it and it came up with a few different ones, one from pets at home or the others were on amazon. All had different packaging!

Thank you!
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Old Today, 12:02 AM   #32
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Hamster balls can be really dangerous for a hamster. Hamsters seem to only run it them because they're terrified and are trying to get out.
Do playpens count as "letting a hamster loose?" Playpens are great, as long as they're large enough.
Oh no! I didn't realise, I won't be getting one then! Possibly, I think I'll have to trial a play pen! Thank you
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If you're getting a syrian you won't be able to buy a playpen that's safe as they can easily escape for most of those sold for hams, it's better to make one, there's a great idea for a playpen here, those storage cubes may still be out of stock but there are lots of similar ones you can use on amazon.
Harry Hamster packaging changed some time ago so you may be seeing some old images online, as long as it says Harry Hamster (& it now says tiny friends farm too) then it's fine.
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Millie,
Harry Hamster food is stocked at Pets at Home it is also stocked at the Range our local branch of the Range has quite a large pet supplies dept and I find it is way cheaper than P@H..
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Old Today, 10:39 AM   #35
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If you're getting a syrian you won't be able to buy a playpen that's safe as they can easily escape for most of those sold for hams, it's better to make one, there's a great idea for a playpen here, those storage cubes may still be out of stock but there are lots of similar ones you can use on amazon.
Harry Hamster packaging changed some time ago so you may be seeing some old images online, as long as it says Harry Hamster (& it now says tiny friends farm too) then it's fine.
I see, thank you! I'll have to look into that. Thanks for that, picked some up today
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Old Today, 10:40 AM   #36
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Millie,
Harry Hamster food is stocked at Pets at Home it is also stocked at the Range our local branch of the Range has quite a large pet supplies dept and I find it is way cheaper than P@H..
Thank you! I picked some up from the Range today.. then went into Pets at home to see it was on offer in there.. Doh! Oh well, good to know I can usually get it cheaper at the Range. Can you recommend any treats or anything?
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