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Old 03-23-2016, 11:08 AM   #1
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Default Dex does not keen on exercise ball

I have been trying dexter who is about 10/11 weeks old in an exercise ball. And he does not seem very keen. He just seems to sit and clean himself or runs on it very lacklustre. Its not lack of energy because when i take him out hes full of energy. Do some hams just not really bother with balls? Hes a syrian.
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Old 03-23-2016, 11:16 AM   #2
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Default Re: Dex does not keen on exercise ball

Actually,hamster balls are not the best idea.Supposedly you can't get them in Germany because they cause stress and potential injury as well as the fact that they don't have very good ventilation and there are far better options for stimulation and out of cage time.He's just a very smart boy!
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:49 PM   #3
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Default Re: Dex does not keen on exercise ball

Some hamsters dont seem too keen on them. The best thing would be to give him a choice and only give him a short spell in it before offering him the chance to come out.

I use a large cardboard box as a play pen for my baby syrian which he is ok with. A little nervous but with plenty of hiding places and some substrate from his cage he seems to be getting used to it.
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:26 PM   #4
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Default Re: Dex does not keen on exercise ball

If he's not keen I really wouldn't bother with it, they can be very scary for some hams.
Better to find an alternative way to give him a run around out of the cage, box, bin or home made playpen.
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