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Old 11-24-2015, 02:40 PM   #11
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Just cos it's a common misunderstanding that bugs me... Hamsters aren't nocturnal. They're crepuscular which means that they are most active during dawn and dusk Not that that stops some running all night long!

Wheels wise, I'd recommend the Wonderland Wheel, the wooden one. All I can hear with mine is a slight whooshing (can't think of a better word lol) noise of it going through the air and the hams paws tapping on it as they run. Flying Saucers are also good but I've found that heavier/bigger hams can make it bang on the base a bit. I had one hamster that would jump from a shelf in her cage down onto the wheel and it'd make a loud bang every time! She was a little madam lol.

'Normal' bottles that use a ball bearing are always going to make some noise, purely because of how the mechanism works. In theory you could use a bottle like this Rabbit Water Bottle: Bargain Prices at zooplus but I'm not sure how practical it would be with a hamster... Not sure if you can get small ones.
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Old 11-24-2015, 03:59 PM   #12
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I love the look of those wooden wheels, but I can't find anywhere to purchase them in the US!
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Old 11-24-2015, 05:26 PM   #13
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No they don't sell them in the US unfortunately. I had one but it broke. I think I prefer the Wodent wheel now anyway. Hamsters seem to go for them well as they like climbing into the holes on the front!
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Old 11-24-2015, 06:27 PM   #14
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I think I'll go with the Wodent Wheel. Thanks for the link! That one is cheaper than the one I found.
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Old 11-24-2015, 11:17 PM   #15
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Shame about the wooden wheels, I didn't realise you were in the US.
Keith posted something about wheels in the US that might be worth a look.
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Old 11-24-2015, 11:42 PM   #16
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Having recently lost several nights of sleep due to having our new ham in my bedroom to keep his quarantined from the other one for a while, I can confirm that it isn't the noise of the wheel or the water bottle that might keep you awake. In fact the running on the wheel is pretty much the most silent thing either of them do, especially the baby. They can be very noisy animals just by going about their nightly business! Nibble isn't so bad because he tends to glide around quite stealthily but still there's quite a lot of noise from his cage when he's digging and rearranging his network of tubes. Glowy - now he is one noisy ham. I hear his antics from two rooms away. He climbs all over, chews everything, jumps off high stuff all the time (crash!) tries to move his wheel, tries to run on top of his wheel (crash!) digs everything up, and is generally very hard to sleep through. When he gets on his wheel it's practically silent for a couple of minutes then he's back to crash crash crash!! He also eats really loudly, he's an absolute hooligan lol!

So really, the only way to soundproof a hamster cage is to not put a hamster in it.
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Old 11-24-2015, 11:59 PM   #17
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^ Haha advice of the day
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Old 11-25-2015, 08:14 AM   #18
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So really, the only way to soundproof a hamster cage is to not put a hamster in it.
Ah I see--all this time, I thought Hazel Nut had been trying to escape her cage to cause trouble whilst really, she has merely been trying to be thoughtful towards me and soundproof her own cage!
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Old 11-25-2015, 09:06 AM   #19
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Ah I see--all this time, I thought Hazel Nut had been trying to escape her cage to cause trouble whilst really, she has merely been trying to be thoughtful towards me and soundproof her own cage!
lol, that is too cute XD What a thoughtful little critter, always thinking of others before herself.
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Old 11-25-2015, 09:14 AM   #20
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On the other hand, our syrian is quiet as a mouse! Never see him, never hear him. He tends to come out after dark, if we don't drag him out for some socialising early evening, and can be found sitting meditating, looking happy or nibbling under his sputnik. A couple of runs in his wheel and back to bed for a bit. His cage isn't in our room overnight, but have come down during the night and seen him (or sat up at night and seen him). The only thing that makes a noise is his kabob which has a bell on the end and clangs against the side of the cage when he tries to get a treat off it. But that's just a couple of minutes!
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