Feb 172011
 

When added to your hamster cage, those colorful hamster tubes can be a lot of fun for your hamster. But keep these tips in mind when you’re planning your climbing tube mazes.

Connecting the Tubes

When you’re putting your hamster tubes together, you want them to fit together tightly – but not so tight you can’t get them apart. You might think about gluing or taping them together – but DON’T DO IT!. The glue can have chemicals that are dangerous for your hamster. And the tape will most likely not hold the pieces together securely. What’s more, seeing the tape can get your hamster’s attention and he or she might then get interested in trying to chew threw the tape and escape. Dwarf hamsters are especially good at this.

Keep the hamster tubes clean

Just like your hamster cage, you’ve got to clean out the tubes. Tubes get dirty over time and some hamsters will pee while in their tubes. And sometimes there are bits of leftover food in the tubes. If that was fresh food, over time it will start to rot. So you have to clean the tubes.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Be careful when snapping the pieces apart. You spent a lot of effort getting the pieces together, so you don’t want them to break when you’re taking them apart. You may want to rinse them under some hot water to make it easier to get the pieces apart.
  • Clean the pieces with warm water and soap and let them dry. Alcohol or other cleaners can leave a residue that can be harmful to your hamster – so don’t’ use that type of cleaner.
  • Reassemble the pieces carefully. Once again, follow directions, take your time, and don’t use glue. And while you’re at it, why not try out a new layout for your tubes?


Inspect and Replace the tubes

Sometimes the plastic used for the climbing tubes can get cracked. This might happen when you’re putting it together. Or your hamster might be trying to gnaw through the plastic. The sharp edges of the plastic can be quite dangerous for your hammy. The edges can injure or even kill a hamster. Inspect your tubes to be sure they are in good shape.

If you spot a cracked tube, simply replace it. It’s better to have a few extra tube pieces around to use as replacements. It’s a lot easier than having to find a lost hamster.

Vertical tubes

You can make a lot of interesting hamster tube runs with vertical tubes, especially if you can place them outside the hamster cage. But don’t make your tubes go too high.

Dwarf hamsters, because of their size, may have a harder time climbing up vertical tubes. If your hammy finds it too difficult to climb, it may just forget about climbing at all.

But even with Syrian hamsters, if the tubes go up too high, they can be harder to climb. Or your hamster could get part of the way up, fall down, and get hurt by the fall. Don’t make your vertical tubes go up so high that they are dangerous.


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Feb 162011
 

Hamster tubes, those round, colorful, plastic parts, can provide your hamster with great fun and exercise. As part of your hamster cage , you can put together climbing tubes, compartments, and other segments, in many different ways. They can go horizontally, straight up, around curves, and even loop-d-loops. How you arrange them is up to what parts fit together and your own imagination.

But here’s a few things to think about before you start buying assorted tube sets.

Size

Hamsters come in different sizes and so do tubes.

The typical tubes you see advertised will usually work for Syrian hamsters, Teddy Bear, or Golden hamsters . Chinese and Campbell Dwarf hamsters are also usually good climbers. Dwarf hamsters, however, such as Roboravskis may find it harder to climb the tubes. Make sure your buy the tubes with ridges so their feet have something to hold on to.

But even with Syrians or Goldens, if they start to get too fat or get pregnant, they can get stuck in a tube, or “fun nel” as some manufacturers call it. They might even get stuck if they keep too much food in their pouches. If a hamster gets stuck in a tube, you may have to break the tube to get him or her out. So even if the tube size is right when you bought it, keep checking to make sure your hamster can still get through.

Safety

Although your hammy can have lots of fun running through his or her tube, your biggest concern is for your hamster’s safety.

Think about ventilation when buying your tubes. You want to be sure your hamster has plenty of air circulating while it’s in the tubes. Look for tubes that have small air holes. That way, you know some air is getting inside the tubes. (And these holes can help dwarf hamsters climb through the tubes.) If the tubes don’t have holes, and you connect a long row of tubes, there will be less air in the middle – where your hamster might decide to take a rest.

Ease of use

One of the real issues with hamster tubes is how easy, or difficult, they are to put together. Some people claim to have no problem snapping them together. But in many online reviews, people talk about how difficult it is to get two pieces of tube together. And some people have a bigger problem when attaching a tube piece to a hole in the hamster cage.

  • Read the directions. Sometimes the paper that comes with the hamster tubes actually will give you some good tips about putting the pieces together.
  • Start with smaller tube pieces and take your time.
  • Do not glue pieces together.

Cost

A set of hamster tubes can seem pretty inexpensive – they’re usually under $10. But if you start to put a lot of them together, the cost can start adding up. Start small and see how your hamster likes the tubes. Then you can start adding some on a little at a time.

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