I bought my daughter a Chinese Dwarf Hamster from Pets at Home as part of the Hamster Starter Pack for her birthday. We decided to buy 'Humphrey' a few little extras to keep him amused. The Pets At Home Woodlands Small Pet Play Tunnel was very reasonably priced at £3. It is made from natural wood which is ideal for small pets as it helps them to wear down their teeth by allowing them to nibble on the bark. I have previously bought mineral sticks to help with their teeth but he didn't go near it.
Hamsters love places to hide in so this is ideal as it has several hidey holes for them to pop their heads through and explore. They love to climb and as it is only a few inches high, they can do so safely. Due to the fact that it is wood, they can scratch to keep their nails short.
My daughter places little treats inside the tunnel for her hamster to find. It is important that animals have stimulation and something to keep their interest. The log is a good way to keep them active, while allowing them to hide too when they want.
It is a perfect size for dwarf hamsters and small mice, but I think anything larger, they would struggle to get in and out of the small holes.
I would definitely recommend one of these play logs for small pets as they will be kept entertained and provide them with hours of fun.
When I had to have my much loved and very sweet hamster Jasper put to sleep two days before Christmas I vowed that I couldn't put myself through it again and told my son that we weren't having another hamster. My sister needed to go to pets at home one day to treat her rabbit and she took my son and me along with her. As we went to the pet shop my son and I were drawn to the hamsters once more and I agreed that we could have another one. As Jasper had been quite poorly before he was put to sleep I had thrown his cage and everything as I didn't even want to chance infection for a new hamster should I have wanted one down the line and so everything needed to be replaced for our new hamster Harry. When we had bought all of the essentials I said that my son could choose a "toy" for the cage and he chose the Woodlands small pet play tunnel which I thought looked a good buy.
The Woodlands small pet play tunnel is a long and thin hollow piece of wood which has various holes around it which your small pet can climb in and out of. I know from past experience that hamsters quite often like to hide and so I thought that this would be a good buy, especially for a shy new hamster as well. As the tunnel is made out of wood as well it is a handy piece of kit to have in the cage because your hamster is able to nibble the product and keep their long teeth in order in a safe and natural way.
The cage that I have for Harry now has quite a large base but isn't very tall where as Jaspers cage was tall rather than wide with lots of places to climb. As such this product fits nicely in Harrys cage and there is still plenty of space around for him to wander around as well but I know it wouldn't have fit well in Jaspers cage and so I would say certainly be mindful of what your cage is like before purchasing the toy.
The tunnel is made from natural wood and has a looser bark all around it with a smoother wood inside. Harry has stripped the top of his tunnel from the bark and so I can see the smooth wood underneath there! As yet though this is all he has really chewed with the tunnel as there are no obvious teeth marks anywhere else in the tunnel that I can see.
The first day that we brought Harry home he was very keen to go in and out of the holes in the tunnel as he explored his new surroundings but to be honest he doesn't go in it all that much now from what I have seen but I will see him standing on top of it up on two feet like a meerkat! The holes in it are quite small and I did worry that as Harry got bigger that he may not be able to fit through it but he can still go through it he just chooses not to do it very often and much prefers exercising on his wheel instead. Despite Harry not using his tunnel all that often I do still think that it was a really good buy because he has something in there that he can hide in if he wants to, can play with and will also act as something to chew as well for him and this is all in one product which I think is really handy!
The Woodlands small pet play tunnel costs just £2.89 from pets at home and I think that this is an excellent price to pay for something which will last well because even if your hamster was to chew the tunnel constantly I think it would take a lot before it was so damaged it needed to be removed from the cage. I would perhaps say that should your hamster choose to use the tunnel as a toilet that it would be tricky and possibly impossible to clean it properly but luckily Harry hasn't done this and so I recommend the product.
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Whilst buying yet more toys and treats for my 4 guinea pigs recently I came across this Woodlands Small Pet Play Tunnel in my local Pets at Home store; this toy is intended as a tunnel for small rodents such as dwarf hamsters and mice to be able to run through but I decided to buy it as a novelty gnaw for my piggies - I also thought it would be interesting to stuff it with hay and see what they made of it. The tunnel is constructed out of natural wood with a an outer layer of bark; the wood is of a reasonable thickness and there are also circular holes cut out of the toy; I imagine little critters would love scurrying in and out of these!
One of my pigs is especially a chew-o-holic so I thought this would be fab for him; Rodney loves to gnaw on anything from wood, to cardboard - he has even tried nibbling on his plastic pigloo! The tunnel cost me just £2.89 which I think is a fair price to pay as you get quite a nice lump of wood for your money, I bought it, took it home and stuffed it with the pigs' favourite timothy hay. As I had predicted Rodney loved pulling the strands out through the holes and making a mess of his freshly cleaned cage.
Once he had created hay filled chaos and tidyness was no more he then set about giving the tunnel a good old chew. It is not quite as delightful to him as a nice cardboard box but he does enjoy it; I have since tried the product with my other 3 boys but they aren't as keen, being rather lazy piggies they would just rather eat their hay off the floor or their hay rack.
Overall I would say that this is a nice and natural little toy that doesn't need to just be used as a tunnel for your little furry friends, good for enrichment and can be stuffed with a variety of different foods. I have also tried stuffing it with readigrass and Rodders also loved that too!
When it comes to buying my beautiful hamsters things to keep them amused, it is one of my favourite pasttimes. The other day I treated myself to another Syrian boy now named Reginald Arthur and whilst I was purchasing him from Pets At Home I decided to grab a few treats from there too.
This from the woodland range of products I particulary like. I do like natural products for my little uns and of course this isn't just great for playing in and hiding but it is also great for gnawing on and to keep teeth trim and healthy.
Designed for Dwarf Hamsters, Gerbils, Hamsters and Mice this measures 6.5 x 20 x 7cm and weighs around abouts 289gm. What this is is a hollowed out tree trunk type of thing with lots of hard dark and natural bark on the outside of it and smooth wood inside with no spliters or rough bits at all. All of these are different as they are natural products but the one I picked up has 5 round holes in, again the holes are reasonably big but smooth enough but beware fat hamsters can not get in and out of this so in my opinion this is great for mice and young gerbils and hamsters and absoloutely perfect for Dwarfs of any variety but for say a large Syrian expect it to get stuck within it kicking its legs about in fury (I tried my huge hamster with this and it was a sight for sore eyes lol).
I do really like this and find it to be excellent quality. I did buy something similar to this from a local pet shop recently and it really isn't such good quality with the bark peeling off it for no reason and the holes being rough and feeling unfinished and so this gets the thumbs up from me for being such great quality and fun for my pets! Not only is it fun Reg loves to chew on this which saves my fingers lol
Only available from Pets At Home costing £2.89 per tunnel.