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What Do Hamsters Want For Christmas?

My experience with hamsters is a frustrating one. My Teddy Bear Hamsters were just adorable and so loving to me, but they kept fighting until the stronger one eventually killed the weaker one. From what I read, those kinds of things can happen when hamsters, especially big fat ones, don't get enough exercise -- but I was gone all day and didn't want to leave them out of their cage.

So, that being a lesson to me, I gave up on hamsters as pets for the time being. But I know how much the buggers love to roam, and the only relatively safe roaming toy, at the time, was a hard plastic ball, that would take them anywhere they wanted to go.

Now, there are new toys for hamsters and I think they are safer designs than the hamster ball, because they contain wheels. A wheel gives a small animal an exact place to step. He can establish a rhythm and be secure that when he slows down or speeds up, his options remain the same.

Super Pet has created two adorable hamster toys that may also be suitable for gerbils and mice: the Super Pet Critter Cruiser...

 

 

... and the Super Pet Dazzle Critter Carriage.

 

 

Both Super Pet toys contain wheels that can be locked for stationary use or be freed so that your pet may roam. The toys are well-ventilated and are easy to clean.

Because the wheels only allow your pets to go forward or backward, they may get stuck in corners or other nooks around your home, so you may want to purchase the Super Pet Run-About Hamtrac that keeps your critters moving around, but not going astray.


 

A rolling small animal ball doesn't have steps or grips for the animal's feet and broken legs are very common injuries from running around in the balls.... Unfortunately, there is not a lot a vet can do about a broken gerbil or hamster leg and euthanasia is usually the recommended procedure.


That's the buzz for today!

 

Comments
Dec 18, 2008
by Anonymous

Why didn't you separate your hamsters?

If your hamsters were fighting you should have separated them immediately. Hamsters are solitary and much prefer to be alone, unless they are dwarf hamsters. Please, as I beg of everyone do your research before you buy a pet.

The carriage is adorable, I might just get it for my little hammy!

Dec 18, 2008
by Beth Graddon-Hodgson
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Very cute - I had a variety

Very cute - I had a variety of rodents (gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs) and at some point all of them had wheels or the clear, plastic roaming balls. This is an awesome alternative!

Beth Hodgson
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Dec 18, 2008
by Anonymous

RE: Why didn't you separate your hamsters

I'd just like to stress the point that the first poster made here about hamsters being solitary creatures. SEPARATE them if they're fighting. Exercise as nothing to do with it.

That being said, hamsters do love to run around pointlessly and it's hilarious to watch them at it...these toys are cute! :)