hamster wheel

There’s a new trend going around with small pet parrots. That is buying them hamster wheels to run in…
First, just let me ask why would you even consider that as an excercise option for birds?????
Second, they aren’t even reccomended for small rodents in some vets opinion.

I just don’t see the need for it let alone think its cute.
Birds fly. They way they walk and run and grip with their toes is completely different to rodents.
I’d be worried about body structural issuses and injury from legs getting caught or the bird falling out.

It’s just cringe worthy to me and its becoming popular and I really don’t like this.
Even if you monitor them (some people leave it in the cage for every day use) theres still a high risk of injury.

I’m just baffled this is happening…

I just gave someone advice to be visulant and they brushed it off as if it wasn’t any concern..
I am deeply concerned.
Like. What.!?

Masterpost: First Hamster Cage + Equipment
  • At first, if you want to adopt a dwarf buy 2 of the biggest Samla boxes…  
  • … and at least 2, better 3, if you want to adopt a Syrian/teddy. That’s 14,99$ for each box, 5$ for each lid, and 0,50$ for the clip locks. 
  • Here you find more supplies for your cage that you can buy at Ikea!
  • Read the whole text post first before you go and buy stuff though :o)
  • Please note that I refer to a single hamster as “they” - don’t keep hamsters together. You can read why I’m against keeping hamsters in pairs or groups here and here
  • For a dwarf, you’ll buy 2 Samlas, 2 lids, 2x clip locks = 41$ 
  • For a Syrian you can buy 3 Samlas etc. = 61,5$ (But 2 Samlas are okay too, if you let them run in a safe area in your apartment.)  
  • You can also buy old fish tanks that are leaking - mostly they are between 20-60$, but also very heavy - Samla boxes are much lighter but don’t look as cool. 
  • Then you prepare the lids likes this, by using a jigsaw, mesh and duct tape on top! You can then clip the lid on the box with your clip locks. 
  • Some dwarfs won’t need it, but for bigger hamsters, a lid very much recommended (Syrians can jump pretty high). Don’t just cut holes in the lid because then your hamster won’t get enough fresh air.  
  • You connect all of your Samla boxes by using a jig saw and some kind of wooden tunnel (nothing made out of plastic) or a cork tube. Anything that fits and your hamster can’t chew through. 
  • Just saw holes in the boxes - make sure that the tunnel is big enough for your hamster to easily run through with full cheek pouches! (3″ for dwarf, 4″ for Syrian)
  • Next you can find or build a chamber house! 
  • Your hamster needs one because it represents their natural burrows so that they can choose which chamber to use for sleeping, storing food and so on. It should have at least 2 connected, big chambers! More is always better.
  • Here you can find a easy tutorial on how to build a chamber house!
  • If you want your hamster to have a bigger one like the one I built recently, you can message me for a tutorial or build one yourself, it’s pretty easy. It should have stands so it doesn’t move, holes big enough to fit through with full cheek pouches (2-3″ dwarf, 3-4″ Syrian) and one big sleeping chamber! It has no floor, so the hamster can dig out and a lid that you can open if you need to clean it. (Clean their toilet every day)
  • Here you can see the “luxury” version of my chamber hourse. (It was about 12$ for all the materials :o) )
  • Don’t forget to give your hamster nesting material: unperfumed toilet paper. 
  • Do not use hamster wool as it often tangles around your hamster’s limb and can easily suffocate or kill your hamster! 
  • Your hamster will soon put a lot of nesting material in his cheeks and build their very own nest and start sleeping in it! :) 
  • Also give your hamster hay! They eat it and use it as nesting material. 
  • Next you can give them more hideouts. Little wooden houses (make sure they are solid and have no dangerouns holes where your hamster tries to fit through), cork tubes (big enough), you can build hideouts made of flower pots or clay, maybe ceramic houses etc. I do not like and would not recommend anything made out of plastic (besides the wheel which should be made out of hard plastic)
  • Then your hamster of course needs a water bowl (better a water bottle). 
  • You can use this one:

I hope you all have a nice day! <3

“Psikologlar buna ‘hedonik adaptasyon’ diyor. Aslında ‘hedonik çark’ diyenler de var. Çarkta dönen hamster gibi arıyoruz mutluluğu. Müthiş çaba harcıyoruz, mutluluk getireceğini sandığımız şeyler için ama hep aynı yerdeyiz. Hiçbir yere varmıyoruz. 

İki psikoloji uzmanı Philip Brickman ve Donald Campbell, insanın yanlış yollardaki bu nafile mutluluk arayışını şu şekilde özetliyor: Dış dünyada mutluluk ve haz arayışına çıktığımız her zaman aslında hamster çarkına girmiş oluyoruz. Sahip olduğumuz birşeyin, örneğin para ya da makam, daha fazlasını elde ettiğimiz zaman, önce kendimizi mutlu hissediyoruz. Ancak çok kısa süre sonra, elde ettiğimize alışmaya başlıyoruz. 

Önceden ‘talih’ olarak gördüğümüz şimdiki seviyemiz yeniden ‘yetersiz’ gelmeye başlıyor. Ve, tattığımız mutluluk hissini sürdürebilmek veya yeniden kazanabilmek için yeniden bu kez daha fazlasının peşine düşüyoruz. Alıştığımız için, artık mutluluk için çok daha fazla şeye ihtiyaç duyar hale geliyoruz.”

Cemal Tunçdemir - ‘’ Piyangonun gerçek talihlisi kim? ‘’ 

soft-woomy  asked:

Hi! I'm planning on getting a (Syrian) hamster soon, but I'm having trouble finding a wheel for them. Right now I have settled on a saucer sort of wheel, but I'm wondering if its big and safe enough? Its 7" with a solid bottom. Thanks!

Hi, thanks for your question. :-)

I rescued a Syrian hamster myself a few weeks ago and her wheel is 12-13”. At first I gave her a 10” wheel but it really didn’t look comfortable enough for her as she had to arch her back (and she is a small but long Syrian hamster!) 

As Syrian hamsters can get very big (up to 180g or more) I still would definetely invest in a bigger wheel. On my blog I always recommend 10” wheels or bigger for Syrian hamsters. :-) 

Tbh I don’t like saucer wheels that much. Some think it’s completely safe for hamsters, others (like me) have already seen hamsters being thrown against their cage walls because they couldn’t control the saucer anymore when it spins too fast. For me the risk is too high and therefore I would always recommend normal wheels. Also a Syrian hamster would have to twist and would most possibly step on their own feet in a 7” saucer wheel. 

So maybe you can find your future hamster a 10”-12” wheel as it is most comfortable for them. :-) What about a 12 inch Silent Spinner? It’s about 20-30$.

If you are interested: I built her a big chamber house a while ago ago which was around 11 dollars. The pet shops ones are mostly too small and dangerous and very expensive. It was a little tricky to build but she loves it and it even has a seperate roof for her toilet so you don’t need to disturb the sleeping hamster when cleaning her toilet during the day. :-) 

I’ll post a tutorial in the next days, it’s about 27x15 inches and has several chambers for sleeping, food storage, toilet etc. :-) 

(My aquarium is about 60x20x20 if somebody is wondering + 12-20 inches of bedding.) :-)

Also, if you have not yet decided where to get your Syrian hamster I would really really recommend adopting/rescuing one - either from ebay as ebay is full of people selling their hamsters in tiny terrible cages. When rescuing one and giving them a bigger cage and a normal life, your future hamster will be so thankful and happy :-) There are also hamster shelters with rescued hamster who tend to be a little tamer because the shelter people already tamed them. 

(But tbh all my hamsters are rescued and very tame, mostly rescued from horrible living conditions and terrible owners)

Either way, I would really not support pet stores (only those who don’t sell any living animals and appropriate supplies!) 

When buying hamsters from pet stores one participates in their cruel breeding system (pet stores often kill hamsters and other animals who aren’t sold as babies and keep/breed them in terrible living conditions - for example up to 10 hamsters in 5x10 boxes where many hamsters die due to untreated infections, inbreeding or fights). There are so many hamsters out there waiting to live a normal hamster life and breeding is just useless and they do it only for profit.

Sorry if you know this already!

If you haven’t decided on a cage yet I would recommend the Detolf glass cabinet from IKEA or something similar :-)  

If you have any more questions, you can always send me a message! 

I hope you’ll have lots of fun planning the cage and adopting your hamster :-) 

Have a nice day!

you are not a human being you are a blogger and you will be treated as such *whips you with a frayed rope as you run on a giant hamster wheel that powers the tumblr servers*

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one fast cat

We all know that play is an important ritual in a cat household. It helps our kitties release all the pent up energy they would spend out hunting in the wild. When this energy is not released, it could lead to behavioural problems such as play aggression.

One Fast Cat is a cat sized hamster wheel designed to help indoor cats stay physically stimulated. We think it’s a great idea for breeds that are more ‘high energy’ such as Bengals and Sphynxes.

Their $10,000 goal on Kickstarter has already been met, so we’re looking forward to seeing this becoming available for purchase very soon! When’s the big dog version coming?