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Hamsters need activities and enrichment to keep them happy and healthy. They also need chew toys to keep their teeth neat and trim. A variety of hamster toys exist in pet stores but other pet rodent toys often work great as hamster toys too.
Cardboard tissue or paper towel rolls provide plenty of fun for hamsters that want to hide in, tunnel through or even chew on the rolls. Pet stores also offer extremely thick cardboard tube hamster toys which are larger and sturdier than tissue or paper rolls.
"We've been providing them to customers from behind the register, because as soon as they come in .. the doors open and Zhu Zhu Pets customers are waiting for their little hamsters," Toys "R" Us spokeswoman Adrienne Giordano told Reuters Television. The trouble is, Zhu Zhu Pets are so popular that stores cannot keep them in stock. The critters are routinely sold out at the likes of Toys “R” Us, Wal-Mart and Target, though more will hit the shelves the day after , when deal-seekers wake up early to shop for bargains. In the meantime, the hamsters are being sold at a premium on the Internet.What hamster doesn't like to play on a wheel?
Hamsters are fun pets to keep and are even more fun to watch as they play with their toys. They don't like to be in completely empty cages so most people go out of their way to make sure that they have cool and interesting . The variety of hamster wheels, games and tunnels that you can buy is endless. While the majority of people simply get goodies for their hamsters at the pet store or online, some people like to make their own hamster toys.
Store-bought toys are often better because they've been pre-tested for usability and safety but individual hamsters can act differently toward different types of toys.
It's tough trying decide what to get though. You might pick up things at the pet store for your hamster that they might not even use. And although it seems like they are cheap, continually buying a whole bunch of toys can really hit you in the pocketbook after awhile. While hamsters aren't as picky with toys as other animals, it can still be difficult to find things that work. In addition, different breeds of hamsters and hamsters of different ages may react require different types of playthings.
Unlike with other larger animals, much of the pleasure derived from seeing a hamster run in a hamster ball or go through a maze of tubes is meant for HUMANS and not the animals themselves. Sure, running on a wheel and playing in hamster mazes can be good exercise for the hamster, but at the end of the day they're not going to know the difference between a cardboard tube and a tube made out of plastic. Either one will work for them. So it comes down to usability, durability and what pleases the pet owner. How a hamster toy looks might matter more than with other animals. So maybe trying to make your own hamster toys isn't such a great idea, if you're really picky about how they look. In that case, you probably want to buy your hamster things instead of making them.
But still, it might help to do some sort of toy prototyping or testing first, before you visit the pet store. And there's a certain satisfaction about seeing your pet run through cardboard tubes or play on a homemade swing you constructed yourself. Well, you might want to hide your home made hamster toys when your friends come over to visit. Or maybe not, if they're well made! But in any case, if you find one of these free hamster toy archetypes that your pet really likes you can always throw the home made items away and try and buy the equivalent toys at the stores. You can test out their interests first with the free stuff, and then buy things that you know they'll like!A lot of pet stores sell mineral blocks, salt blocks and pumice stones as something that your hamster can chew on that also provides added minerals. However, these are not necessary as wooden chew toys can be used for gnawing and all the minerals required by your hamster should be provided by its . Furthermore, many hamsters will find these blocks too hard and not use them.