Hamster Balls

Hamster balls may seem like a fun way to let your hamster zip around your home but unfortunately they can be a dangerous and stressful experience for your hamster.

 

  • A hamster will be stressed in a hamster ball as it’s senses are restricted.
  • It will also be stressed to realise it is trapped with no access to food and water.
  • As hamsters have poor eye sight, they will bump into things such as furniture and have little control.
  • The slits on the ball also make for poor ventilation but whats worse is that claws can get trapped in the slits and ripped out.
  • Depending on the size of the hamster ball it can cause the same back injury as a wheel that is too small.

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