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Old 10-24-2019, 12:30 PM   #1
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Question Are Harnesses and Leashes Okay/Safe for Hamsters?

Hi,

I was wondering if getting a harness and leash for my hamster would be safe/okay. Then I could control her, but still let her have time out. What is your opinion on this? Also, if yes, do you know where I could find one?

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Old 10-24-2019, 12:39 PM   #2
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NO!! Definitely not suitable for a fragile little hamster! You can get or make a play pen to give your hamster room to play and run around in. They are not meant to be controlled either but supervised.
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Old 10-24-2019, 12:48 PM   #3
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As Ria P has said, definitely not. They can cause serious injury and even kill a hamster, so never under any circumstances try to use any kind of harness or leash.

Proper supervision is mandatory with any time out of the cage, unless you created some sort of play bin with a secure mesh lid. You're not meant to control their actions, you're supposed to prevent anything bad from happening in the first place. Don't give them opportunities to escape or get injured or otherwise get into trouble, rather than trying to rely on some random device that just isn't safe in the first place to do your job for you.
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Old 10-24-2019, 01:03 PM   #4
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Okay thank you! I have a playpen, but she doesn't seem to like it that much. I don't know why.
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Old 10-24-2019, 01:21 PM   #5
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How do you have the playpen set up? It's possible you might have too much uncovered space, which would be solved through adding more toys and hiding spots. They are prey animals and no amount of captive breeding will change that, so they need quite a bit of hiding potential with their enclosures and playpens/play bins/etc!
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Old 10-25-2019, 12:49 PM   #6
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Oh, okay! Thank you! I think it does have too many open spots. It's not completely filled up with toys. Does it need to be? Does the cage need to like that too? I also seem to have trouble finding good toys that my hamster will play with.
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Oh, okay! Thank you! I think it does have too many open spots. It's not completely filled up with toys. Does it need to be? Does the cage need to like that too? I also seem to have trouble finding good toys that my hamster will play with.
Could you post a photo of your hamster's cage and playpen?
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Old 10-29-2019, 09:46 AM   #8
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Yes, here's a few pictures of my cage. However, I do not have the playpen set up right now so I'll post pictures of that later.
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Old 10-31-2019, 09:20 AM   #9
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Do you have any suggestions as to how I could make it better?
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Old 10-31-2019, 11:43 AM   #10
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Have a look at the thread "Let's see your cage" under Housing on the Forum for ideas.
It took me quite a while to set up my Syrian's cage so he'd like it because not all hamsters like the same things. He doesn't burrow but likes to sit on shelves which took a while to figure out.

They need their house to be bottomless and to sit on top of the substrate and not on a shelf because they like to build a big nest sunk into the substrate, well, most Syrians do anyway. Wood is preferable to plastic because it "breathes" whereas plastic can "sweat". Or use a cardboard box, shoe box is ideal. Cut the bottom out and a big enough entrance and use the lid as a roof that lifts off so you can check inside if needed. A plastic corner toilet is handy too once you locate your hamster's peeing corner for easy cleaning.

I like the big blue wheel by the way.

The cube thingy hanging off the roof i'd take out because a hamster can get tangled in it and if its fabric its not suitable in any case. You could replace it with a sputnik for overhead cover and create access to the sputnik via a shelf or the platform.
You could add a sand bath if you haven't got one already.
I like the long bendy Trixie ladders you can do lots of things with and with a barred cage you can add degu shelves for the hamster to sit on or under or a coconut hide is popular because hamsters seem to like round things. All on Amazon.

When i set up a hamster home i buy lots of staff from a pet shop (keep receipt) or Amazon but don't open it.
I sit down and look at the cage and stuff i've got then make a plan for a set up. I then keep what i want and return the things i don't want to the shop to get the money back.

What kind of cage do you have? I like the front doors which make life so much easier.

Sorry, if i mention anything you already know or have but i get carried away when writing and need to look at your photos again to refresh my fading memory.
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