Ball toys such as these pose a risk to injury of your hamsters toes and feet due to the slots in them. Additionally these balls have poor ventilation. The best exercise for your hamster is a properly sized wheel or playpens.
Unfortunately, all hamster balls, of any shape or size, are not suitable for any animal. Since your hamster would be in a ball, there is no way for your hamster to stop moving the ball once they have been going. There are many safety risks tied to this, such as falling down steps or into walls, which could physically or neurologically harm your hamster. In addition to this, the small air slits cause problems. If your hamster is running, your hamster won’t be able to get enough oxygen through the tiny slits. Also, your hamster’s feet could get stuck in the slits, making a safety hazard, as your hamster’s foot or leg could break. Instead of using hamster balls for exercise, try using a play pen, which you can buy on Chewy, or make your own with C&C grids! Please check out Victoria Raechel’s YouTube videos (I think she has one on building a play pen), she has tons of correct hamster care knowledge. Thank you, your hamster will thank your for this!
Hello. I have not bought this product, and I do not plan to. Many hamsters have been injured in hamster balls. Plus, hamsters cannot safely stop in hamster balls and are almost always disoriented in them. They also don't have good ventilation at all. If you want to have playtime with your hamster, use a dry bathtub or buy a safe playpen for supervised play. They would like that a lot more. This information can also be applied to any small animal with hamster balls. Don't use them please.