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Hazard - and different brand anyway
on 21 August 2014
I have just dropped my five stars to one star - for safety reasons. I have read too many stories about hamsters breaking a leg after getting it trapped in something while jumping off. This very nearly happened to our hamster yesterday. The top ladder is too high to jump off, and apart from the rungs, there are the metal rings to get caught in. Unfortunately it seems, a lot of these hamster products aren't always suitable for hamsters. I bought it because it seemed popular but feel like an idiot now for not checking out what is suitable for a hamster. Let's be clear - this isn't a bridge, it is a horizontal ladder with round rungs and big gaps in between. Our hamster was not the slightest bit interested in it for a while but then started using it - not for fun, just to see if it let to a way out as it was near the top of the cage. I think there are safer hamster toys. Have taken mine out now, and will stick with floor climbing toys or bridges without gaps and chains. These are definitely not for dwarf hamsters either. Ours is a big syrian. My advice would be - put different levels in via platforms - or put a floor-standing climbing frame in, instead. Incidentally, mine was not the Trixie brand I ordered, but identical as far as I can see. It came in a box saying 'Small'n'furry' with the manufacturer name of Sharples and Grant, who are based in Blackpool I believe, but the bridge is made in China, as the Trixie one is - they probably come from the same factory. Not recommended - for safety reasons. In future I will check out official Hamster organisations before deciding on products - it is too easy to be swayed by a high number of Amazon reviews - just because a lot of people bought it doesn't mean it is safe. Sorry to be a doom-monger. My experience of hamster products so far is - a lot of them are rubbish, a waste of money and not fit for purpose. Many wood ones are made with nails, which are a hazard, and I even had one product come with woodworm! I am sticking to no nail products (there aren't many, but there are two or three wooden houses that are nail free), plastic, natural products like grass made ones, and home-made toys - ours loves his cardboard tube out of a kitchen roll, and even a ceramic mug or cardboard shoe box with an entrance hole cut out can be interesting for them. It makes me realise - you can't rely on a hamster to know whether something is safe to use or not - they will just use it anyway. It is up to us to think for them. A syrian hamster also needs an 11" wheel.