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Hamster ball - how long?

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RozzlePops Sat 01-Oct-16 20:56:49

I collected a Syrian hamster yesterday, she is a little older (8 months). She was an adoption at pets at home. She is very sweet but sat in store for 6 weeks. I bought her a ball and she adores it! I have been putting her in it for about 10 mins at a time (twice) but she keeps running around her cage as if she wants to go again. I don't have her a wheel yet.

Any advice?

EastMidsGPs Sat 01-Oct-16 21:07:26

I know nothing about hamsters but just wanted to thank you for rehoming your new arrival and to say congratulations smile🐭🐾

OverAndAbove Sat 01-Oct-16 21:08:41

When we first got our Syrian I read 20 mins max in the ball. But he spends a while getting used to it and then goes racing round so often it's 30 min or more. We can tell when he's sick of it as he just stops and sits up in the ball

He spends ages in his wheel though. He's a little older but still very energetic

Lilaclily Sat 01-Oct-16 21:10:00

We did 20 minutes
Definitely get a wheel asap

RozzlePops Sat 01-Oct-16 21:12:30

Gah! I'm hooked! I now think I need a hamster heaven cage!!!! She's costing me some dough!!!

OverAndAbove Sat 01-Oct-16 21:20:38

Ah, we love Syrians in our house. Not great for handling, stroking etc but such characters. Total hamster worship!

jwww Sun 02-Oct-16 13:41:35

They run roughly 7 miles a night they need a wheel, a ball doesn't replace that smile

Katisha Sun 02-Oct-16 13:46:55

I'm not keen on the balls. But our Syrian has a chinchilla sized wheel that fits (just about) in the Hamster Heaven cage. Apparently they need to be able to run in it with a straight back.

jwww Sun 02-Oct-16 15:56:14

What cage is it you have? I thought all the p@h cages come with a wheel.

jwww Sun 02-Oct-16 15:58:08

What cage is it you have? I thought all the p@h cages come with a wheel.

WotNoLoobrush Sun 02-Oct-16 16:42:28

With our hamster, we'd set a timer for around 15 minutes as I was afraid of forgetting and leaving her for longer than she wanted in the ball. She usually wanted longer than that as she wouldn't voluntarily get out (but we got her out then anyway). She had a wheel in the cage as well though.

CannotEvenDeal Sun 02-Oct-16 16:45:28

The hamster heaven is a great cage!

I second Katisha Personally I took out the shelving and put a huge wheel because they say it's better for the hammie's back.

Squeegle Sun 02-Oct-16 16:46:30

Get a wheel asap

hollinhurst84 Sun 02-Oct-16 16:49:39

Wodent wheel brand is fab for them. And yes to hamster heaven cage, that's the min size they should be in

RozzlePops Sun 02-Oct-16 17:04:42

Thanks, I have a wheel, am trying to get hold of a second hand cage which is bigger, if I don't find one I will get a hamster heaven.

WotNoLoobrush Sun 02-Oct-16 17:25:11

I'd have thought there will be loads of second hand cages out there (so long as they're big enough). New ones cost so much don't they?

RozzlePops Sun 02-Oct-16 17:37:38

They do, I have bought 2 cages this week, the first one I am unable to bring back as it has been put together and also I can't find the receipt. The second I think is too small.

I can't find big ones on gumtree, eBay or Facebook pages.

jwww Sun 02-Oct-16 17:46:53

Have you looked into making yourself a bin cage in the mean time?

hollinhurst84 Sun 02-Oct-16 17:58:57

Keep an eye out, I recently got rid of two hamster heavens!

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