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This review is from: Kaytee CritterTrail Fun-nels Assorted Tubes (Misc.)
I bought these and a new cage for my adult teddy bear (syrian) hamster to give him more room. He is normal sized for a syrian, and determined to squeeze his way through anything. He got halfway through the tubing and became stuck. He was panicked because he couldn't move at all and was squeaking angrily. I had to pull him out by his bum because I could not unhook the tubing easily enough to pull the tube apart. This product is not appropriate for hamsters other than the very small ones. The product claims it is for hamsters in general and other small animals but in fact it is only good for mice sized animals. Thankfully Amazon allowed for a return and refund. I'm very disappointed with this product.
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Initial post: Apr 17, 2013 9:28:16 PM PDT
You have one fat hamster my sisters syrian fits through these easily
Posted on Apr 23, 2013 3:22:04 PM PDT
I have meters of this tubes at home. You can see my Syrian hamsters villa on my reviews. She is also normal sized and is running inside the tubes. Make sure you receive the correct tubes. May be the older versions have a little smaller size. Not sure about that but I know my Syrian hamster really likes her tubings between her 5 cages.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2013 3:22:59 PM PDT
I completely agree. My hamster is running inside ;)
Posted on Oct 19, 2013 9:11:54 PM PDT
These are absolutely not acceptable for Syrians (fat or thin). For those of you lucky enough to have Syrians who have not yet gotten stuck in the tubes, the risk is still very real. Should they enter a curved tube at even a slighty wrong angle, they can get stuck, panic, and suffocate. Domesticated hamsters often lose the know-how to back out of a place they don't fit.
Most importantly....when a Syrian has his cheek pouches stuffed....he can be an inch wider!! Since Syrians are nocturnal, its more
likely that this will happen at night while you're sleeping, and in the morning, a stuck Syrian will have died from suffocation or panic. Don't believe me? Do some research at reputable websites and small animal veterinarians.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2014 6:32:32 PM PST
A. Hard says:
Yikes, this is exactly the kind of thing that scares me. I would hate to have this happen. I am considering getting a Syrian hamster and I really like the idea of it being able to go through tubes, but not if this happens! No way! I was wondering if you know of any other companies that make tubes that are adequate for Syrians? Is there any company that is known for making larger tubes? Thanks for your post!
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2015 2:56:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 12, 2015 6:39:51 PM PDT
Kilo Delta says:
The Habitrail OVO tubes are bigger in diameter than the CritterTrail tubes (make sure you get the Habitrail OVO, not the Habitrail Mini) and more appropriate for Syrians. I just measured one of my Habitrail OVO elbow pieces and it was 1 7/8" diameter at the narrowest part, where the locking connector rings go. And the Habitrail tubes are split lengthwise as well, so if you are present in the unlikely event that a hamster gets stuck, you unlock the rings on the end and then open the tube to free your hamster - if you buy the new CritterTrail tubes, they're split lengthwise like the Habitrail are (Crittertrail tubes used to be a solid piece) but the rings on the end are hard to get off.
I don't have any experience with Syrians using the Habitrail tubes though, as I have robo dwarf hamsters, but everyone in the hamster forums says go with Habitrail OVO if you have a Syrian. =)
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