Weird one just posted a picture of my daughter and the hamster in its ball some stupid woman stArted saying am cruel shouldn't own a hamster blah blah blah hamster balls are bad so are they :s he loves it ball he also gets time out on the couch
LOL I love that little hamster car. Our Hamster is a vicious little monster. He was fine at first and he also loved his ball and had the run of the downstairs in it. Now he's a full grown adult hamster he bites and growls if anyone dares open his cage. So poor Dh the brave man is left to clean and feed him, we just talk t him through the bars. Dh got him a huge multi level cage he said he needed the room now he doesn't run all over in his ball.
Please don't think I'm another crazy hamster lady as I'm really not - but just wanted to add my own warning.
The exercise balls are a brilliant idea and many of my gerbils loved them - however I stopped using them after one gerbil jumped inside the ball and tipped it out of my hands just as I was putting it down. The ball only dropped about six inches to the floor (so maybe the depth of one step) but the gerbil unfortunately must have landed badly, he broke his neck and died shortly after.
When I've warned other hamster/gerbil owners of this I also encountered someone whose hamster died when the ball was accidentally kicked and hit a wall.
However I think they're fine to use providing everyone is very aware of where the ball is and obviously don't ever use it upstairs.
Crazy hamster lady is probably just one of those people who doesn't like the thought of pets full stop, regardless of how loved and well exercised they are.
Our hamster loves her ball and she's a bit bitey so only likes to be handled for a few minutes a time. The ball is great as she gets a good run around without all the being touched that seems to stress her out a bit
When I had hamsters they used to voluntarily clamber into their balls so I wouldn't worry too much about this. I figured if they didn't like their balls they wouldn't be keen to climb in - mine couldn't wait!
Not a fan. When i was going a cage as a xmas pressie by a vet friend as a child she made me promise not to get a hamster ball as she had so any with injuries in and theres no way of knowing if hamster didnt want to be it any more.
I can see how an accident could happen but I got my first hamster when I was one and alwats had at least 2 and have never had a problem had more horrible accidents with legs stuck in bars of cages : ( I only use the ball for 20 mins a night suppose everyone has different thought: )but to be shouted at by a stranger was bizarre ha