Hamster Balls

Hamster balls may seem like a fun way to let your hamster zip around your home. Unfortunately, they can be very dangerous and stressful, this is due to the little slits in the balls. Some hamsters have managed to get their claws trapped inside and this has led to cases of claws being ripped out.


As hamsters have poor eye sight, they will bump into things such as furniture and the have little control. The slits on the ball also make for poor ventilation, and depending on size can cause back problems.

The RSPCA believe hamster balls to be both dangerous and a stressful experience they say:


“Because hamsters’ sight is very poor, the senses of touch, smell and hearing are vital
means of exploring their environment. Being enclosed in an exercise ball could restrict the hamster’s use of these senses and could compromise his/her ability to gain information about the environment, which is likely to be very stressful for the hamster.


Whilst in the exercise ball the hamster will have no control over its environment and will be unable to access any resources he/she may need- for example food, water, bedding/nest area. This may prevent the hamster from being able to perform natural behaviours and could cause considerable stress.


It is also likely to be extremely stressful for the hamster should the exercise ball collide with other objects; for example, furniture.


There is potential risk of injury to the hamster’s paws and/or legs if pinched or caught in the air holes in the exercise ball.”

You might be asking “what should I do?”


Free roam


You can let you hamster free roam using the following:


  • Playpen
  • Dry bath
  • Hamster proof room 


Letting your hamster free roam with the suggestions listed above can be a great benefit not just for the hamster but for you as well!


Free roaming is a perfect way to help you bond with your hamster as it more direct, on a one-to-one level. It is so much fun to have the hamster run around, explore and interact with.


The RSPCA advice on why hamster balls are unsuitable can be seen here:  RSPCA Hamster Balls PDF