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Improving Your Pet's Health With Several Different Hamster Toys
Toys are a necessary part of any hamsters life. There are a few reasons for this but the most obvious one is health related. Both Syrian and dwarf hamsters need exercise to be healthy and happy. This is a bit of a challenge for hamsters because their cages are often too small to run around in. This is where we, as pet owners, have to get creative!
Luckily there are a number of toys available that help hamsters stay active. I've outlined a few of the most popular ones below. Different toys have different benefits so don't think that you have to choose just one!
When you think of hamster toys, the first thing that inevitably comes to mind is the hamster wheel. Its actually quite difficult to picture a hamster living without one of these now! This is completely understandable. Although it is rather basic, a hamster wheel gives your little guy a lot of the exercise that he needs in order to be healthy. The fact that it fits inside even a small cage is also a huge bonus. Hamster wheels arent really dangerous either. In some instances, hamsters have been to know to sustain injuries while running on the wheel but these cases are extremely rare. Chances are that if your hamsters wheel is a good size for him, hell use it with great enthusiasm.
The run-about is another hamster toy that you may want to look into. This toy is essentially a ball made out of clear plastic. Your hamster gets himself inside the ball then you let him roll around your house. The run-about provides a hamster with the same benefits that come from using a hamster wheel. The cool thing about the plastic ball, though, is it lets your little guy explore a whole different world! I love run-abouts and so do my children. It is important, however, that somebody keeps an eye on the hamster while hes outside of his cage.
There are other exercises, besides running, that every healthy hamster should be doing. One such exercise is climbing. Hamsters love to climb. Is this a bad thing? Heck no! There are so many neat climbing toys available for hamster cages. A lot of them look like houses and mountains too. This way you can provide your hamster with a bit of atmosphere while giving him something to climb. Ive had a ton of fun setting up hamster cages for my pets. One thing that should be considered is the material that these toys are made out of. Some climbing toys made out of plastic could be mildly toxic. Its probably best to stick to natural woods and PVC free plastics.
Please keep in mind that, even for hamsters, variety is the spice of life. If you have a few different toys for your hamster, you'll be subtly encouraging him to work out multiple muscle groups. Be creative, keep it light hearted, and have fun!