Reviews

Product Review; Tesco Hamster Food

I think its fair to say that when it comes to hamster food, the choices are pretty limited as to what you can buy for your furry friend. Over the next few months, I am going to test and trial a number of products to see if there is a clear hammy favourite.
So what is on the menu tonight?!

I thought I would trial and review Tesco’s Hamster Food first.

Tesco Hamster Food Review

PACKAGING
First impressions are always important and I can’t knock Tesco’s for their packaging in this case. Its simple and does what it says on the bag.  There’s no clutter and all the nutritional information is clearly displayed on the side – not that I’m sure many people care hugely about the ingredients in their hamsters dinner 😉

CLAIMS
Well as you can read on the bag for yourself Tesco Hamster Food claims to contain the correct mix of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. All brilliant stuff when looking after a healthy hamster! In my opinion a dried hamster muesli will ever be the perfect diet in a bag. I will always recommend you add fresh fruit and veg to your hamsters diet and reading the small print essay on the side of the bag Tesco actually recommends this too! If I’m chopping a carrot or broccoli for my dinner, its perfect to just break off a chunk and treat Banjo You're supposed to EAT the food, not SIT in it!to something fresh!

PRICE
This particular bag of food was £2.00 which is about right for a bag of this size. You can probably find cheaper and I think Tesco even do an ‘everyday value’ bag for eve less than this but for a couple of quid I don’t think you can go far wrong at all.

CONTENTS
Tesco have prized this bag of food on its ‘peanuts and sunflower seed’ mixture which as any hammy owner will tell you is a WINNING combo! However I would be lying if I said the quantity of these ingredients was substantial. Don’t get me wrong you can’t give your furry friend a bowl of peanuts or seeds, they need a balanced diet of course but I was expecting more.
There was a variety of dried muesli too making up the bulk of the food. And I got no complaints from Banjo…
The little brown triangles within this are always left till last in Banjo’s bowl so I’m guessing these are like the brussel sprouts of a roast dinner to them..

To summarize then:
Looks 9/10
Price 9/10
Contents 7/10
Would I recommend: Yes 

Anyone else tried this hamster food? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below – I do love hearing your opinions 🙂

xx

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Are Chew Sticks Good For Hamster Teeth?

Hamsters are part of the rodent family and that means they have a set of mean gnashers!

Now hamster teeth will grow constantly just like our hair or our nails. This means they NEED things to chew to wear them down and keep them healthy. Everything needs a little TLC now and then!

So just for all you hamster lovers out there, here is hammy-dentistry 101.

This is a picture of Caspers not-so-pearly whites teeth.Hamster Teeth
Please be aware I know how uncomfortable and unnatural he looks in this position but its just for a few seconds at a time and its how vets examine their teeth safely. Its a little uncomfortable for them to have their teeth shown but its not painful or bad for them in anyway. If you’ve ever seen a hamster yawn youll know how wide they can really get their mouths! (Ill have to try capture a yawn for you to see)

The colour is actually healthy for a hamster.If any humans teeth were this colour, you’d be sure to get some whitening on that right away! But for hamsters, the yellower the better! I am not exactly sure why this is but their vet assured me I didnt need to rush out and find hamster toothbrushes anytime soon as white teeth can be a sign of ill-health.

As you can see, they have two front shorter teeth along the top jaw and two elongated teeth along the bottom. What you cant see from this picture, is the rows of little ‘molars’ toward the back of their mouths. So they dont just have 4 teeth I promise.
If youve ever seen your hamster chew their cage bars, youll notice they are actually using these molars not their front teeth.

chew sticks for hamstersLike I said at the start, hamster teeth constantly grow and so need to be worn down. This means your hamsters need chewtoys and dried foods to ensure this process happens.

This brings me neatly onto chew sticks.
Chew sticks are perfect to keep your hamsters teeth in ship-shape as well as being yummy and keeping them happy and fed.

You can get chew sticks in packs of two for just a few quid. I get my chewsticks from Pets at Home for £2.50. It lasts a whole week or even two sometimes and subsequently never had any issues with their oral health.
I am in the UK and I am not so clued up with products further afield so if you are from another country, please feel free to recommend any chew products you use in the comment section below!

Dexter doesnt always keep his chew stick hung up to the top bars of his cage but he demolishes it all the same!!

Pets at Home Fruit Chew SticksTheir favourite chew sticks are the honey ones so I’m guessing they have a sweet tooth just like their owner! But the ones they actually have at the moment are fruit ones. They love them equally as they always get stripped right down to the wooden centre! Definitely recommend these! 😀

If you are seriously worried about your hamsters teeth, take a quick visit to the vets. And if you dont give your furries anything to chew on then get shopping! Not having chew toys will only encourage them to gnaw the bars of their cage so give them something new to chew??

Till tomorrow folks!
xx

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‘Simply Nibbles: Little Hearts’ Review

More treats?!
MORE treats?!!!

How spoilt are these hammy’s?! Seriously.

When walking round Morrison’s Supermarket, I am never actually impressed with their small pet section. The shelf consists of an exercise ball (that hasn’t been touched in at least 3 months – honest!), some sawdust and a rack of bottles. The treat selection is limited to say the least with just a small bag of chocolate drops. One choice of treats Morrison’s, ahh come onnnnn!!!

Well clearly they too thought this when looking at their pet section. Because when I was there in the week, I noticed a few more bits and pieces had been added to the shelf. A few different types of treats and chew-sticks! Round of applause for the supermarket!

The one I decided to go for and try out:
‘Simply Nibbles: Little Hearts”

The packet itself is quite large, holding a generous portion of these pink, green and cream heart shaped treats.
The hearts are paw-sized. So lots smaller than them apple strudel biscuits from the other week, but still large enough to be a good chompful for the hamsters!

These treats are actually a very good price at £1.19

So rather a good stocking filler for your hamster if you are into that kind of thing!
(Don’t worry I have a December post for this hamster stocking fillers thing for you all to look forward to)

Anyway back to the hearty nibbles. All three hamsters wasted no time in pouching these bad boys! Gone within the blink of an eye!

Dexter stuffed them straight in his pouch and then just moments later I could hear some very noisy nibblings going on from the belly of his bed! CHEEKY!

Eve sniffed them for a second, then sniffed my fingers – suspicious woman! But she did take a tedious bite from them and then proceed to stuff the remaining bit in her cheek. Didn’t want to miss out me giving her more!

Casper had a very different approach. He ate them one by one. I gave him a green one to start with and delicately crunched through it. Polished the whole heart off before sniffing my hand for another one. Oh alright then fatty!!

They are quite noisy treats; they pack a crunch thats for sure but this makes them oh so fabulous for their teeth as they always need a good crunch to wear them down. And to add to all this, they are 100% natural ingredients so I know they are all good for my hamsters bellys so can have 2 or 3 in one sitting. I feel like I am spoiling them rotten but they love it! And its coming up to Christmas after all! They deserve a bit of loving!! Ok, so they deserve a LOT of loving! 😀

They might need a air-tight tub or box to be kept in though becuase once that bag is open there is not way of shutting it! 😛

So the positives; affordable at £1.19, dainty sized, colourful, plentiful, 100% natural and very tasty!
Negatives: Just the awkward packaging making it difficult to reseal for freshness.

These are definitely a tasty winner! And so handy when you just want to treat your little furry! 😀

Available from Morrisons.
xxx

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Apple Strudel Biscuit Review

I have found the mother of all hamster treats.
The hamster treat to rule all hamster treats.
Its the hamster equivalent to KFC’s popcorn chicken for us humans *drools*…

Anyway what is this godly feast for the small furries?
Apple Strudel Biscuits.
You read that correctly, APPLE STRUDEL BISCUITS.

These hamsters get fed better than me I swear! 

Anyways here is the packaging, almost empty as I wasn’t quite prepared for the love explosion around them 😛
FIRST of all, brownie points for the whole concept. Hamster aren’t all into the routine nut and honey treat thing. They must get sick of that stereotype. And someone has finally thought up of APPLE STRUDEL BISCUITS for hamsters?! Holy moly, thats cool! No wonder they chomped them down quicker than anything Ive seen !!!

They are from Pets At Home and are very reasonably priced (less than £2.00) and even sometimes on 3 for 2 offers so picking up lots of treats is cheaper than ever!

They are quite big things these biscuits so for the price you definitely get your moneys worth. They are very cute looking and look very appetising — and thats coming from me! They consist of a biscuity shell and have a bright green appley centre. Its all dried out so packs a real crunch, and must be incredibley tasty because all three hamsters go banana’s apple’s for them!

I have photos and videos of Casper and Dexter to show you, but I have to put the spot light on Dexter today because he just provided many giggles yesterday when chowing down on one of these biscuits.

He was perched on my boyfriends arm, making a lot of mess, nibbling away on one of these tasty apple strudel delights.

So as you can see from the picture above, these biscuits are a two-paw job, so quite large for a treat. Hey, I’m not complaining! They all do enough running about to burn off the fat from treats 😛

So yes, Dexter was claiming his treat and not letting go for ANYONE! He instantly sunk his teeth into them and boy oh boy, he didnt stop till it was all gone (by all gone, I mean all stuffed into his cheek for midnight nibbles) ;D

And so the scoffing begins.

I also took a video. It takes me a while to edit all my videos together, Im very fussy with that kind of thing, but this one didn’t need toughing at all to be honest. This is a video of Dexter literally scoffing this treat into his cheeks.

Its super cute and I’d love it if you’d all watch it. Its about a minute and a half and seriously, watch it to the end – this hamster manages to stuff the whole treat in his face and looks just hilarious with a lumpy cheek! No prizes for hiding the treat though Dexter, we all can see it!

Apologies for the cheesey music. I wanted something foody (foody music was a big ask) and my brain just failed me at the last hurdle.

So back to the treats themselves.

They are tasty, affordable, decent sized, appealing to look at and just all round the perfect hammy treat. I genuinely can’t think of any negatives!!! I will post Casper’s reaction to the treat in the next few days, I have a video for him too!!! 😀

Have a great Friday everyone!!! 😀
xxxxxxx

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All Fancy Dress

I am going a little bit off topic here by reviewing a fancy dress website (not for cute furries) but I want to share all the same.

Halloween is around the corner and I don’t want to just dress up my pets here. I want in on the action too!!!
So looking on Google, you can be spoilt for choice on sites to buy costumes from. All boasting great prices, fast delivery etc etc its hard to pick one!

Anyway my review is about the site allfancydress.com where I ended up buying my outfit from.

AllFancyDress.com banner, perfect for Halloween, non?!

I am going to be honest here, I am a little bit mixed about my experience.
More positive than negative by all means, however little niggles I feel I should mention.
Let me explain.

First of all, the site itself looks great. Everything is set out clearly and finding something specific couldn’t be easier as there is a search bar as well as really simple sub-menu’s to whittle choices down! When I wasn’t too sure what I was looking for, browsing everything girly was equally as easy.

So far so good.

Picture from AllFancyDress.com

After literally hours of browsing I chose my costume. Something cute and sexy – perfect for my Halloween party; The Queen of Hearts.
On the site it looks gorgeous! And as far as fancy dress costumes go, the price of the outfit is actually pretty reasonable. Visiting other fancy dress sites and comparing prices, it was the same if not cheaper than the vast majority of others so definitely had my mind made up. I even added the optional extras of the high socks! If I’m going to dress up, Im going all out!!

If I’m being brutally honest, the socks were very pricey. I could get them for £2 on a separate site but for ease (and sheer laziness perhaps) I ordered them off the same site for an addition £4.99.

Onto postage and delivery.
The banner on site is a little misleading. Yes there are free delivery options, but you have to be in Essex to be able to pick it up from the warehouse. Super for Essex-dwellers. Not so great for customers in other county’s.
Selecting standard Royal Mail postage was an extra £3.99… not the cheapest postage I’ve seen about but all the same it would be a quick delivery (within 2 days) and had to be signed for. So basically I had my peace of mind.

Still pretty good so far. 

My parcel arrived 2 days later. YAY!

Opening the package the costume I had chosen looked great set out on the floor (I had to put all the ribbons and bows on by hand which got a little confusing when there weren’t instructions or a guide but it didn’t take long to sort out).

YAY for high socks, boo for expensiveness!

Okay so trying the costume on was a different story.
There is a yellow dress and the black and red over-dress pulls over the yellow dress with a ribboned up corset bit at the back.

The underneath dress (the yellow bit) is super unflattering. I’m sure the woman on the packaging was wearing a completely different one! The elasticated chest bit pulls the whole dress up uncomfortably high and when I pulled it down I managed to pull the stitching apart where the skirt and top bit were sewn together and had to bodge it together with my not-so-great sewing skills.

The black and red dress pulls on and is then ribboned up. Now I’m going to sound like a right nit-picking b*tch here, but I ordered the dress in SMALL (this is size 8-10 dress size and as a curvy size 8 I expect to fit nicely into the small) and even when the top dress was ribboned up as tight as it could possible go, it still hung off me. Not a good hang too, a very unflattering hang. So basically this not-so-great sewer is going to have to alter it.
I’m going to have to take 2 of the 6 dress panels out so that it fits properly to give you an idea of how off the size is.

On a more positive note; the tiara headband, the socks and the gloves look fab! They really complete what would be a really pretty costume. Just got to have some alterations made – good job I have time to fix it up before Halloween!!!

All in all, I would recommend All Fancy Dress. 

P.S. I did check for hamster costumes (not that I would cheat on making them myself, just looked out of curiosity) but unfortunately they don’t stock hamster sized outfits. 😉
Back to hammy-shenanigans tomorrow folks!

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Woodlands Carrot Shape Vegetable Treat Review

Now I have actually found a worthwhile treat. No more rubbish chew books, oh no!
Woodlands‘ seems to be a growing brand at my local pet shop. They seem to go for the ‘natural and healthy toys and treats’ angle for your pets. They make cottages, houses, treats, chew toys, nibbles and even bridges all in this rustic look.

I have noticed more and more products with this brand and thought I would see what the fuss is about.

I bought the Carrot Shape Vegetable Treat – not the most original name ever but it does what it says on the tin!

First impressions?
It looks great!
The packaging is simple and very eye-catching and really emphasises that natural and healthy aspect of the product.
Ohhh I feel all Dragons Den! ;P

Its also a very reasonable size – it dwarfs Dexter in comparison! It looks the part for sure. And the little seedy things all over it, I know for a fact that my hammy’s LOVE it. Basically, buying this isn’t a punt, its not a risky buy – its pretty much a sure fire winner for my hams!

And judging by the size, this treat is not exactly going to be munched through overnight! So its like an investment as well as a treat for the hamsters! Kind of 😉

Now perfectly, they were on offer; 3 for £3 which as they were £1-something-or-rather individually meant I could make a little saving too! Bargain right?! And of course I would need three for my 3 munchers!

I put the treats in their cage and almost within an instant, they were being sniffed and licked and dragged to their nests – very cute when the carrots are the same length of the hammys themselves!

Here is Casper, suspiciously licking the carrot. You can gauge the size of the carrot treat here – a generous portion for a treat don’t you think?

It doesnt even fit in his bowl! Very tempting right Cas 😉

So far so good – much better than the bedtime book chew toys 😀

There weren’t just carrot shaped treats. There was a choice of a carrot, a heart and stars which means you could spoil your pet in a choice of ways! I would have gotten one of each, as they are all included on the offer, but decided that I liked the carrot ones the best so just got three of them! 😛

Even the ever fussy Dexter liked the treat shape. It only lasted for a matter of minutes in his bowl, as he attempted to drag it to his nest. It was very sweet as it was too heavy and big and so became a bit of a kerfuffle, getting wedged underneath the ledge and his flying saucer. Silly Billy!

This is the only photo I could get before his taste of the Woodlands carrot got too much to handle and he had to have it in his nest before a greedy human took it out! I would never steal it, I swear! But Dexter doesn’t believe me, he is such a paranoid furry! 😉 hehehe.

So basically here is my little factfile for you…

Name: Carrot Shape Vegetable Treat
Brand: Woodlands
Price: £1.19 individually
Offer: 3 for £3
Available from: Pets at Home
Overall Look: 10/10, looks very quaint and appealing!
Value for money? For the size and whilst its on offer, yes. Great value!
Rating: 9/10, hard to fault!
Recommend: Yes, definitely!

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What NOT To Spend £1.99 On.

Now I love my hamsters and I love to treat them every now and then. I feel even more compelled to do so seeing as I had a LUSH sunny holiday whilst my hammys were stuck in dreary ol’ England. Swings and Roundabouts eh! 😉

Anyway on my latest trip to Pets at Home I scoured the shelves for something new and interesting. Something my hamsters will think ‘ohhh she is just the coolest owner!’ for. You know the drill with pets. They get in your head, with their cute fluttering eyes and their little squeaky voices…. Just me??!

Anyway I came across ‘Bedtime Books’ the chew toy for small furries. They are basically little hamster-sized books that are ‘100% edible for small pets!’ So far so good, I have small pets that could do with hamster-sized books! Durrr, who doesn’t! ;D
Dont they look dainty! I know what you are thinking… why ‘Hamster Times‘ ?? Why not ‘Hammy Potter‘?? Ill tell you why.
Coz they dont have a hamster-mad creative looney on their production team clearly!!!
(psst… it took me like 20 minutes thinking of that pun. Enjoy it people. Enjoy it.)

So. This product cost me a whopping £1.99. Almost broke the bank I tell yah. And I am making such a huge point of the price because in all honesty, what have I actually paid for here. I have paid for an orange piece of cardboard to cover a few sheets of coloured paper. Think ‘post-it not style’ coloured paper. 

I freely admit, I am an insanely impulsive person. And when I saw them miniature books on the shelf I thought ‘awww who would want to see a hamster read a book!’ Well I certainly wanted to see it! Even if it did have a terrible title.. *Hamster Times pffff*.. I wanted to see my hamsters pretend to read! WHO WOULDNT!

And to cut a short story even shorter, none of the hamsters have shown a fleck of interest to the books. Not a lick! Nothing! They too realise that they are lame and disappointing and are very probably cringing at me for putting their supposed ‘treat’ in their cages.
I could make better with the scraps of paper and card laying about anyway. At least I wouldn’t have spent a poxy £2.00 on that to be ignored.

My verdict, don’t waste your pennies folks. Your small furries would love a honey-nut chew stick to nibble – tasty, long-lasting and the same price as this rejected post-it note book thing.

I may very well take it out of their cages. Its just cluttering up the place. I could use it to scribble down really short shopping lists..

Got a decent chew toy?? What is it? Value for money? Let me know, comment below! 😀 

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The Flying Saucer Fiasco: RESOLVED

If you follow the blog, or even just read my post from the Thursday the 21st, then you’ll be aware that I bought my hamsters a new toy. A flying saucer to be exact.
The saucer that I got turned out to be ridiculously small (even though it was a medium and displayed a hamster on the front of the box)  so we had to get the next size up and hey presto, we have ourselves a winner!

This flying saucer is 12 inches across so double the size of the medium and it takes up LOTS of room in their cages. If you have a small cage then you may struggle to fit it in!
It is HUGE and there is hardly room for the hamster now… you cant win them all! 😉

So was it big enough for the hamsters then?

YES IT WAS!! SUCCESS!

They have not stopped running on wither of them! The size is perfect for a full sprint to get going which is perfect and just what they need in a confined space.

Now the next big question is; is it 100% silent? Like quoted on the box…

Try about 90% silent. Which is not too bad at all!
The mechanism itself is silent and it spins effortlessly. So in theory it spins like a dream!
In rality however, a chubby hamster waddling at full pace on a piece of plastic causes the smallest bit of wobble which if it knocks the side, will make a noise, as well as just make an unstable wibble-wobble noise.
Sometimes the hamsters get their stride right and you get very very close to silent running! But other times, Dexter booty shakes all over it and it shakes the whole cage like a good’un.

Saying this though, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much quiter than the wheel. And peaceful nights.
FINALLY

xx

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The Flying Saucer Fiasco

You know I said about not spoiling my two beautiful Syrian hamsters for a while?
I lied.
Well, more like I just didn’t last very long at not treating them!

The latest toy to bless our hammys is the ‘Flying Saucer’

The flying saucer is a sort of wheel ‘replacement’ for hamsters.
It is a cupped-dish-thingy which is held at an angle on a base so that when little hammys feet go plodding along it, it spins.
MAGIC!
“So pretty much like a slanty wheel” I hear you say.
Well this product is supposedly “100% silent!”
mmm we’ll see about that.

This particular size (medium) was £6.99 and spans 6.5 inches across-ways.
This is perfect size for russian dwarf hamsters perhaps but, as you will soon see, is nowhere near big enough for syrian hamsters.
Not even close!

It comes in three colours (pushing the boat out here) green, blue and purple.

The thing is easily assembled – the top dish thing just clips onto a ready prepared base thing.  Too many ‘things‘?

So yeah, the magical claim to this product is that its silent. Now Dexter is one of the noisiest runners I have ever encountered. His distinct booty-shake when he runs makes the whole stand alone wheel wobble and shake with his swagger.
This, as you could imagine, is ridiculously noisy.

So Dex was first to try it out.
Straight away, I realised this saucer was way too small for my chubby Dexter!
Watching him fail repeated at trying to get it to spin resulted in some hilarious walking and a very embarrassed hamster!

Originally I assumed he just needed to be shown how it was done.
I mean looking at it, I wouldn’t have the foggiest either!
So plonking him in place and waiting for him to realise was plan A.
Waiting for that miraculous silent running to begin was a disappointing task.

Eve was up next.
I was feeling positive about this little one.
Shes still a diddy hamster and being lightweight may have had its advantages for this product!

Even tiny Eve was too big for it.
There was no space for her to stretch her legs along the bottom of the dish and run.

 So overall, the flying saucer was a bit of a fail.
It looks quirky and was incredibly quiet for an exercise device!
But a medium? Not for Syrians.

My lovely boyfriend has ordered a large flying saucer (which is 12 inches in diameter so double the size of this one) for each of the hamsters!
Pretty sure he only agreed so quick because he wants a good nights sleep from the noisy athletes!

They will soon be with us and an update of the flying saucer fiasco will be on its way!

In the mean time, here is a video of both hamsters valiantly attempting to master the flying saucer, and yes failing.
Try not to laugh too hard when Eve goes whizzing off the edge near the end.

Have you seen one of these before? Even given one a try?
Let me know!

 

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Re-inventing the wheel

What does every hamster need in its cage?
A wheel of course!

It gives all small rodents the opportunity to exercise in its cage as well as keep its owners awake at night with the monotonous patter of ickle paws on plastic!

As Dexter is proving in this picture, the exercise wheels provided in some cages are not sometimes up to scratch!
The cage I have for both of my hamsters, is the basic starter kit offered in most pet stores.
It consists of a plastic base, a plastic food bowl, a bottle, a wheel and a bog-standard house. (It also comes with free sawdust, bedding, food etc. if bought at Pets at Home)

The wheel in this cage has several flaws:

  • Its too small for a full-sized Syrian hamster – Dexter didn’t fit in the wheel without practically folding himself in half the wrong way! Definitely not a comfy fit!
  • It is too stiff. So stiff that Eve, who is a lightweight little hamster, cant even turn it despite being pushed up against one side of it. How can I expect her to run in it when it doesnt move for her?! Even podgy Dexter over there can sit on it without it rolling!
  • Its not held high enough off of the base. I understand this can be adjusted if you look close enough but even so, when its held onto a flimsy plastic post a heavy hamster has no trouble bending the plastic when sat in it so that it scrapes the base floor.

So, after a restless hamster made it obvious he needed something to stimulate him, we bought a ‘stand-alone’ wheel.

This is from the same company who made the completely pants ‘indoor/outdoor playpen’ (https://hamsterdiaries.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/theres-no-escape-oh-wait-yes-there-is/) so I cant say I had high hopes.

The wheel itself was £9.99 (rather EXPENSIVE for what it is but one of the only options available). It can be fixed to a wire cage if you so please, but works particularly well on its metal free-stander-thingy-ma-jiggy.

It solves all of the problems I had with the original wheel!!!
It moves with the lightest touch (ideal for lightweight hamsters), it is held at the perfect height above the base and is considerably larger so fits full-grown rodents like Dexter in.

It even has a flashing rudolph-nose thing in the middle which lights up when the wheel is spun – neat eh!!
Fabulously entertaining when showing off the hamster to guests; slightly annoying however when the entire room lights up at 3am because the hamster decides to go for a quick run!

So we have ended up taking out the original plastic wheel and put in its place the new flashy awesome wheel.
He didn’t stop running on it for at least 3 hours… Making up for lost time perhaps?
And when I say ‘running’ I mean sprinting. His legs move so quick they are a mere blur beneath him. Kinda impressive for a furry thing.

Im secretly hoping that this new wheel will help trim Dexters tubby tum in as hes gotten a wee bit chubby over the last couple of weeks – we’ve been indulging him, guilty.

As its quite an expensive purchase, Eve will have a wait till payday to get her flashy new wheel.
In the meantime, I have a new video for you all to view of Dexter in his flash new wheel.

I know a few readers have the same cage
so what do you guys think of the wheel provided?
Have you got new ones or are your pets happy with the original wheel??

Enjoy!

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