Hamsters are by nature very active animals. In the wild, they run 10-12 kilometers during the day. Therefore, at home, you need to try not to limit them in activity, especially since active movements positively affect their health. Even if there is a wheel in the cage, the hamster becomes bored of running only in it. To regain interest in the movement, caring owners buy or make a walking ball for the hamster with their own hands.
Why does the hamster need a walking ball?
First of all, a walking ball is necessary for the hamster to lead a full active life and not to experience a deficit in movement. It allows you to leave the cage and expand the habitable space for the hamster. This will diversify his life and will have a beneficial effect on health.
Inside the ball, the pet will be able to explore the apartment on its own, moving his vehicle with his strong legs in any direction. The rodent will not be able to hide somewhere under the bed or behind the closet, it will always be in sight. But you can not leave the hamster unattended in these 15-20 minutes while he is inside. That is how much time experts advise the hamster to be in the field at home. Dangerous situations are when other four-legged animals are still at home. They will definitely want to play with the ball and can injure the hamster inside. The probability of injury is high if the hamster is on the second floor of the house. Rolling down the stairs, the sphere can break, crippling with fragments of a rodent. In such cases, it is better to limit the area of movement.
Disadvantages of purchased hamster wheels
On sale there is a wide variety of walking balls for hamsters. They can be any colors and sizes. It is necessary to select a walking ball in accordance with the size of the hamster. For Dzungarian hamsters, its diameter should not be too large, because he simply does not have the strength to move it. To the Syrians, too small space inside will not allow free movement of their paws. In both the first and second cases, hamsters will tire quickly. If you decide to make a walking ball with your own hands, then you need to take into account all the disadvantages by constructing an optimal and safe accessory for your pet.
In purchased walking balls, the lid fastening weakens over time, and the less quality the product, the more often you need to follow this. After all, having fallen out of the sphere during a walk, the hamster risks falling into the clutches of a cat or dog, and also households can step on it.
How to make a walking ball?
The material can be anything, it is important that the basic conditions are met:
- Transparent walls;
- suitable in size;
- reliable fixation of the cover;
- the presence of ventilation holes.
The most suitable material is transparent plastic. Through its transparent walls, the hamster will easily navigate in space. In addition, from it you can quickly and easily make a ball for the hamster yourself.
Plastic bottles are the most affordable item suitable for making a walking ball. The advantage of such a material is its lightness and even transparent walls. Inside the hamster will be comfortable. Make vents without sharp ragged edges, otherwise the hamster runs the risk of wounding his paws to blood. Make all the holes at the bottom of the bottle and at the very neck. A large number of ventilation openings will contribute to favorable air circulation.
The shape of the walking attribute will look more like a cylinder than a ball. But the hamster will be easier to handle, as the plastic bottle moves in a straight line. For the Dzungarian and other medium-sized breeds of the hamster, milk bottles are quite suitable. The Syrian needs more capacity, it is better to take a five-liter bottle for water. It is spacious and with a large neck, which securely twists the lid.
You can make a ball yourself from a plastic bucket with transparent walls. Such buckets with a volume of 1-1.5 liters remain after the purchase of mayonnaise, jam or other products. If there was any non-food substance in the bucket, it must be thoroughly washed and dried. Make ventilation holes on the bottom and cover. It is important to ensure that the lid closes securely and cannot open while walking. It is more reliable to additionally fix the cover with tape or electrical tape.
So, we highlight the advantages of making a walking ball for a hamster with their own hands:
- Ease and simplicity of production ;.
- Ease of use of the hamster accessory.
- Lack of cash costs during manufacture.