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Old 01-01-2019, 10:09 PM   #1
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Default Are my tubes to small for my hamster ?

A very unexperienced hamster owner here. Heís a male short Shri and I got him today. I feel like the tubes are to small and I donít know if this is a huge. Boxer. Heís able to get through them but it takes him around 5-15 seconds. Iím just afraid itís to much for him. Thoughts/advice?

Thanks In advance !

(I have photos but the forum wonít let me put urlís For some reason)
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Old 01-02-2019, 05:47 PM   #2
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Default Re: Are my tubes to small for my hamster ?

Assume he's a Syrian hamster? Our last Syrian grew huge and got stuck in tubes! Tubes made for hamsters usually are too small for syrians - they do much better with rat sized tubes and toys. Tube diameter is best about 7cm diameter. Minimum 6cm diameter. House entrances or other toys with holes, the holes need to be at least 6cm diameter. They don't need to be fancy tubes and tunnels Pringles tubes are good (cleaned out). Or a kitchen roll cardboard inner tube if you slit it down the side longways so it expands. External tubes on cages aren't good - they tend to block them up and pee in them and are an escape route, and it stops them having normal behaviours (eg nesting and hoarding on the substrate).
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Old 01-02-2019, 09:19 PM   #3
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I agree with Serendipity, I've only ever gotten rat tubes, easier to adjust and clean. I've never used external tubes as they can be an escape route.
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