Product Type: Rotastak small pet accessories
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Colin says it clanging fantastic!
Rotastak Play Ball
Member Name: xxfoxyredxx
Rotastak Play Ball
Advantages: Colin loves it and I find it easy to put together and keep clean
Disadvantages: The ends can fall off!
When I first got my hamster, Colin from Pets & Home I had no clue really about the things he needed. Sure I owned a hamster once when I was younger but had pretty much forgotten about how to look after one! As a 36 year old adult wanting a small pet for my new home, my friend bought him for me and it was up to me to get what we needed and I rushed around the store spending lots of money and alot on very pointless stuff too I may add!
I bought him a Pets At Home ball in bright green which cost me about a fiver and he loved it. I'm a great fan of giving Colin his space and freedom as much as possible however I got sick of seeing him in a rather small bright green plastic ball that gave me a headache watching him due to its bright colour and as he got bigger he looked too fat for it, I couldn't see him properly which annoyed me greatly and he kept doing a Houdini and escaping it as the ends which open to get him in and out of just fell off and I'd spend ages having to track the wee devil down which then became a game to him and a worry for me!
I spotted this Rotstak Play Ball in Asda one night costing £3.82 and decided to get it. The option I purchased in it is appealed because it was see through, clear plastic and it had purple plastic click in ends and looked a bit bigger, more secure and robust for a hamster that likes bashing into anything within sight!
This plastic ball came in a clear plastic bag in two parts and these came hanging in store with a red and blue card to the top of. Simply on the front of that card we are told that it is Rotastak Play Ball 'For small Pets' and on the back of it contact details for Rotastak are given. You don't need loads of information about this or anything cos as soon as you open up the bag its all self explanatory even for an idiot (like me) lol.
The Ball Itself:
Comes in 2 halves as I have previously mentioned and it simply fits together by slotting it and clicking it in. It's round of course being a ball and you can always take it apart for easy cleaning. Be aware as well that although I own the clear option these do come in a variety of colours for you to choose from.
The ball is well ventilated with slots to it and there are like ingrained windows to it and its wipe clean. To both ends of the ball there are openings and sections that twist off to put your rodent in and then when its inside you simply twist them round to secure them into place and that is it.
It is recommended that you give your pet no more than 20 minutes out of an hour exercise in one of these balls which isn't stated on the packaging but something I have read in my hamster care books! Like us they need rests and potty breaks!
Colin loves this! Its of decent size and I like this one better than his old ball because its more sturdy and has a bit of weight to it which means he has to work slightly harder, thus getting some good exercise to make it move. Also the vents on this not being holes and more like very thin slots means when he poops (which he loves to do in his ball!) said poo doesn't go over my flooring and cos I can see through it well I can see when he's pooped to wipe it clean. They are ever so easy to wipe down too as they are smooth nd thick and no matter how hard he thumps around the walls and furniture etc it has never once collapsed on him.
However the openings to the sides of the ball which is how you get your rodent in and out can fall off and Houdini once again legs it. They work themselves free over time with being pressed and rolled on so I can't leave him unsupervised for a minute but they are not flimsy and this isn't a regular occurrence to be fair to the ball and I do on the whole find the ball to be very secure.
If Colin likes this then so do I. I hate to see him bored in his cage and he gives himself amusement and me greatly. Its a bit noisy when he clatters this around the room with it being plastic however it keeps him amused, fit and healthy so thats good enough for me!
Expect to pay about £4.00 a ball and like I stated earlier these do come in different colour options and I got ours in Asda.
Summary: If Colin likes it, its good enough for me!
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