Types of Hamster Toy
When purchasing hamster toys, the only absolutely vital choice you should make is a series of interactive chew toys. This is because hamsters need gnawing implements to help keep their teeth filed and healthy, preventing overgrowth.
Hamsters absolutely love climbing and if you have no apparatus within their cage, you’ll often notice that they will climb the bars for entertainment. It can therefore be a wise idea to purchase ladders, rope toys, swings and other items they can clamber all over. Not only are they stimulating, but also they’re a great source of exercise! Just make sure when picking hanging toys you always opt for thick rope, as you don’t want your hamster getting caught or injured on the material!
Hamster wheels are seen as a necessity for hamsters in order to ensure they can achieve peak exercise levels and stave away boredom. Hamster balls, however, are optional and these days are seen as something to be used in moderation. This is because hamsters can often feel disoriented and anxious when left in them for too long. As well as classic hamster balls your pet runs around in, there are also many interactive treat balls out there which hamsters can forage and have a kick about with!
Burrowing Toys & Tunnels
Hamsters love digging and burrowing into a big pile of substrate, so providing toys or large tunnels to stuff full of hay and enhance the experience are always going to be a big hit.
Things To Consider
Size of Your Hamster
Having certain breeds of hamster can sometimes mean having to make do with certain toys. If for example, you have a Syrian hamster, teeny weeny toys with small gaps, swings and ladders aren’t going to be suitable and you may even risk your pet getting stuck. Opposingly, dwarf hamsters are so small that giant jungle gym apparatus maybe a little too much for them and you might risk them injury if they’re having to navigate across large gaps or overly challenging climbing toys.
As well as making sure your toy is the right size for your breed of hamster, you also want to make sure it’s the correct size for your hammy’s enclosure. Ideally, you don’t want your hamster getting up to mischief outside their cage and so any toys you buy will need to be small enough to fit inside your hamster home.
One of the most important aspects to consider when purchasing a hamster toy is material, with the most common types being wood and plastic.
Wood is the best material for chewing items but stick to purpose-made toys when browsing for wooden items to avoid pesticides and chemicals.
With plastic items, a level of care and caution needs to be taken as they need to be labelled as chew-safe to ensure your hamster doesn’t risk swallowing sharp plastic after a cheeky nibble. Even if a plastic item is listed as suitable for chewing, it’s best just to observe your rodent while they play with the toy just to be safe.
Avoid toys with sharp edges, materials hamsters could get caught on and climbing apparatus that your particular breed of hamster is clearly going to struggle with. Toys are meant to be fun, not an assault course which tests their health to the limit!