My experience with hamsters is a frustrating one. My Teddy Bear Hamsters were just adorable and so loving to me, but they kept fighting until the stronger one eventually killed the weaker one. From what I read, those kinds of things can happen when hamsters, especially big fat ones, don't get enough exercise -- but I was gone all day and didn't want to leave them out of their cage.
So, that being a lesson to me, I gave up on hamsters as pets for the time being. But I know how much the buggers love to roam, and the only relatively safe roaming toy, at the time, was a hard plastic ball, that would take them anywhere they wanted to go.
Now, there are new toys for hamsters and I think they are safer designs than the hamster ball, because they contain wheels. A wheel gives a small animal an exact place to step. He can establish a rhythm and be secure that when he slows down or speeds up, his options remain the same.
Super Pet has created two adorable hamster toys that may also be suitable for gerbils and mice: the Super Pet Critter Cruiser...
... and the Super Pet Dazzle Critter Carriage.
Both Super Pet toys contain wheels that can be locked for stationary use or be freed so that your pet may roam. The toys are well-ventilated and are easy to clean.
Because the wheels only allow your pets to go forward or backward, they may get stuck in corners or other nooks around your home, so you may want to purchase the Super Pet Run-About Hamtrac that keeps your critters moving around, but not going astray.
A rolling small animal ball doesn't have steps or grips for the animal's feet and broken legs are very common injuries from running around in the balls.... Unfortunately, there is not a lot a vet can do about a broken gerbil or hamster leg and euthanasia is usually the recommended procedure.
That's the buzz for today!