Hamsters Need Bigger Cages Than Recommendations
This is a part of a perfect Hamstercage with a deep bedding and alot of natural equipment
This horrible wheel ist obviously too small and has dangerous spokes
This is an example for a very good hamster wheel
a leg-injury caused by a hamsterball looks like this. PAINFUL!
At first, I am not a native englishspeaker, but I think I can write what i thought when i read those "informations"
I really do not want to be mean or something like this but alot from your information about Hamster Maintenance and Cages are wrong and I would change it immediately to save a thousand innocent hamsters life!
"Hamsters are energetic and active creatures that are natural burrowers" That's totally right. So why do you recommend this awful tiny cages? Hamsters are indeed very energetic and they burrow alot! In your recommended cages the cuties can not run, can not burrow, can not live a good and healthy life! Syrian hamsters need a cage from at least 40x20 inch or 100x 50 centimeter so that they can run and use there power, as they would in their natural habitat! Also there should be the possibility to give them a very deep bedding from 11 inch or 30 centimeters which is obviously not possible in your cages. Dwarf Hamsters should have a cage in the same size or bigger because they are much more active and energetic!
Then your pictures are showing tiny hamster wheels and even those totally terrible, horrible awful hamster-nightmare-balls! A Hamsterwheel needs to be very big to prevent deformations of the spine and other painful injuries. They sould be open to one side (As the wheel at the picture from this "Hamster starter kit") and have a diameter of 10 inch or 25 centimeters for dwarf Hamsters and 11 inch or 30 centimeters for Syrian hamsters and NEVER plastic but wooden! Because Hamsters can swallow sharp plastic pieces when they are bored and start biting on plastics tuff and that would cause pain, injuries and death! Never use plastic stuff in a hamster cage (A plastic water bottle is okay, but nothing else!)
AND: HAMSTERBALLS ARE ->NOT<- A GOOD WAY TO EXERCISE YOUR HAMSTER! BUILD A
PLAYPEN BUT DO NEVER EVER BUY THOSE TERRIBLE HAMSTERBALLS! THE ANIMALS MAY CLIMB IN THERE BECAUSE THEY NATURALLY EXPLORE EVERY "CAVE" THEY FIND BUT WHEN YOU CLOSE THE BALL THEY HAVE PANIC AND ONLY TRY TO ESCAPE FROM THEIR TINY TINY PRISON! THAT IS THE ONLY REASON FOR A HAMSTER TO WALK IN A BALL! THE VENTILATION SYSTEM IS TOO SMALL, THEY CAN GET STUCK IN IT AND BRUTALLY RIP OF THEIR TINY PAWS AND THEY CAN BECOME A SHOCK AND DIE FROM IT! NEVER PUT YOUR HAMSTER IN A BALL! NEVER! REALLY NEVER!
The cages with hamster tubes are also not recommended, because there aren't really any tubes in a size for Syrian hamsters. Holes for them need to have a diameter of 3 inches or 8 centimeters. Otherwise they can get stuck if they carry food in their cheeks! A second point is, that those tubes are made from plastic and that is never a good choice!A third point is obviously, that hamster can burrow their own tunnels in an appropriate large cage with a deep bedding!
Then you should NOT change the complete bedding once a week except your hamster is ill or the bedding is extremely "dirty?!". Hamsters are extremely shortsighted and they need their smell for orientation! If you clean your hamsters cage once a week it is extremely stressful for him or her to find a way through it because they do not have any orientation!
It is very easy and cheap to build an appropriate Hamster cage on your own. My own Do It Yourself Hamstercage costs 11 Pound / 20$ and my cute Heather (Thats my hamsters name) is very happy and life, a natural and healthy life! She is nearly 5 yrs old and still fit and vital! PLEASE CHANGE YOUR WRONG INFORMATION SO THAT FUTURE-HAMSTER-OWNERS WILL NOT FOLLOW THE WRONG GUIDELINE!
With kind regards Anna,
A Hamster-Lover and activist for appropriate-animal-treating