Do you have a pet hamster? If so, you have a very cute little furball! Life in a cage can get a bit dull, so hamsters need lots of toys to keep them amused. One item that has become quite popular is the runabout, or hamster ball, as it is sometimes called. These can be lots of fun for your tiny furball, but you’ll need to take some precautions to keep your furry buddy safe. A Scottsdale, AZ vet discusses some safety tips for hamster runabouts in this article.

Shop Carefully

Make sure to choose a ball that is the correct size for your pet. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Let Hammie Choose

Never force your furry buddy to use his ball. Hammie may try it out once, and either decide it’s the best thing ever, or hate it. If your furball’s reaction is negative, never force him into his ball.

Supervise Your Pet

Never leave Hammie unattended in his runabout. It’s much too easy for your little pal to get stuck under a piece of furniture, which can be very scary and stressful for him.

Keep The Ball On The Floor

Don’t walk around holding your pet in his ball. And, of course, never put Hammie’s ball on a tabletop or counter with him inside it!


Make sure your furry little friend is safely inside his runabout by checking the lock mechanism. You can use a piece of painter’s tape to secure it.

No Stairs!

Only let Hammie play in areas without stairs or pools. Don’t take chances with this one: get a baby gate if necessary.


Hammie should only be in his little ball for about 15 minutes at a time. Even if your pet loves his runabout, a few short daily jaunts are better than one long one.


Hammie may soil his ball, so you’ll need to clean it after each use. You can use a mild dish soap, or vinegar. Let it dry completely before it gets used again.

Hamsters Only

If you have other pets, keep them in another room whenever your hamster is in his runabout. Hammie definitely will not enjoy Fluffy or Fido batting him around, and he could be seriously hurt!

Please contact us, your local Scottsdale, AZ pet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet hamster. We are here to help!