I bought this as I thought it would be adorable for my little and rather spilt chinese hamster, I'll admit to being drawn in my the totally adorable product picture, I mean who could resist that cute hammy looking all snuggly and cosy. I bought the bed from Amazon and can't have paid more than a few pounds or so for it.
When it came through the post I was struck by how small it is, my chubster of a syrian hamster would barely fit his bum in it, never mind the rest of him. The inner material of the bed is very soft and squishy, it is sort of a sheepskin effect and ever so thick and plush. I popped it into my hammy's cage and she took an interest straight away, sniffing at it and clambering over it with her scrabbly little paws. I wished her goodnight and left her to snuggle up in it.
The next morning I found the bed in complete tatters in her cage, she had chewed it to bits and the fluffy, cosy material was littered in fragments here, there and everywhere! I started to worry that she might have ingested some of the fibres and they could have potentially caused a dangerous blockage, I kept my eye closely on her for the next couple of days and thankfully she was fine.
I would say that soft beds and things of that nature are probably not the best things to give to hamsters as they are so easily chewed up and destroyed. I dread to think what may have happened if she had actually eaten some! If you are going to give this to your pet then please be there to supervise at all times, it's just not worth the risk.
Overall I would not recommend this product as it is potentially dangerous.
The reason I bought the Trixie Hamster Napper was because I just thought it looked incredibly cute and I had visions of little Erica curled up and looking even cuter than she does normally. So, I have to admit that I was swayed by the pictures, without really thinking about whether it was something Erica would actually use or not! The Trixie Hamster Napper was really cheap and only cost me £2.99 from Amazon - and so I was really willing to pay this amount for Erica to have a little bed to curl up in.
This is essentially a little nest that is a good size for even a large hamster, measuring 14 cm x 40 cm x 14cm - and so it's a good size for Erica to play in by climbing in and out of, as well as curling up in and going to sleep. The inside part of the nest is made of a very soft fleecy material which, to my touch at least, feels really comfortable. It is low enough from Erica to climb into easily, but high enough to be deep enough to provide support for the hamster when curled up in the middle of it.
Erica does quite like it - although she tends to use it mostly for climbing in and out of and piling sawdust into it rather than for sleeping. She also likes trying to burying into it and rubbing herself around the nest like a frenzied whirling dervish! The thing that's a bit annoying is that sawdust does stick to the fleecy material and so every now and again I need to spend time removing this.
In terms of cleaning it, it is wipeable, but I have thrown it into the washing machine on numerous occasions and it comes out absolutely fine. The fleece has come a little bobbly once it comes out the washing machine, but Eric doesn't really seem to care.
Overall, I think this is a fine little thing for Erica to play with - and although she doesn't use it really to curl up in but to tumble in and out of!
Trixie Hamster Napper
We bought our little hamster a couple of months ago as a present for our little one who wanted more from a pet than just goldfish (even though she has not had them long either!). Being a 'real pet' as my little one terms it, she wanted all the special things to decorate the cage and make the hamster happy. We came across this hamster napper for £2.75 on Amazon and, although we did not think it necessary, as the price was a decent one, we gave in to our little one and bought it. We had already bought the hamster a house, though her cage is three levels high and my little one insisted that she needed more 'furniture'. I was not sure whether the hamster would actually use this as she had got used to her house, though we tried it anyway!
The napper is a reasonable size for a hamster at around 15cm in diameter, and if your hamster is on the large size, I believe that a bigger one is available. It is not overly deep, though, and does not have much of a bottom to it, though this can be filled with hamster bedding if need be. The napper is made of a soft material with a blue base and a fluffy white rimming around the top.
It took our little hamster a while to get used to her new piece of 'furniture' and at first did not seem to think much of it. After a while, we did see her pulling odd bits of bedding in to it and trying to bury herself in the middle of it, yet when finding out that it was not big enough to do this, she deserted her napper and went straight back to sleeping in her house.
We left the napper in the cage though our hamster did not take much notice of it apart from occasionally dragging it around to move it out of the way. We did notice that some of the fluff part began to come away after the hamster started doing this and it did not take too long before it looked a little matted.
You are able to wash this, though we have not even attempted to as I feel that it would break apart even more so than what the hamster has already done.
Overall, the napper is a lovely idea though for hamsters, at least for our one, it just isn't deep enough to suppress their needs to hide and burrow. It comes apart easier than I would hope and, apart from originally looking nice, it seems to just get in our hamsters way more than anything.
I am the proud owner of a ten month old black Syrian hamster named Chibi, who occasionally I feel the desire to spoil with silly treats, toys and equipment for his cage. I first spotted the Trixie Hamster Napper whilst browsing on the Pets At Home website. I wanted something that would give Chibi a bit more fun, and this product seemed a perfect new addition to his cage. The bed set me back £3, which is quite expensive, especially considering, as I say in more detail later, it was pretty useless to my pet.
I was drawn to it by the cute looking picture of a hamster cosily snuggled up in his hamster napper. I had visions of my little Chibi (not that he is little anymore, he resembles a small black bear at this stage!), snuggled up in his hamster bedding, making that tiny snoring noise he tends to do when he is in a deep sleep. Sadly, this was not the case. As soon as I placed this little bed into his cage, my hamster took one look at it, gave it a sniff, then climbed up to the top of his cage, and buried himself in his already-existing Hamster Igloo. Knowing my hamster, it takes him a while to get used to new items in his cage. For instance, it took him quite a few weeks to finally master the hamster toilet, which he will use without fail now, and so I thought perhaps he would decide to use it in time, so therefore I left it sitting in his cage, waiting for that moment.
Unfortunately, my visions of little Chibi snuggled up in a little ball, sound asleep in this bed were shattered, when I awoke one morning to find that he had ripped the bed to shreds. Most of the bedding had disappeared from the inside of the fabric, where I soon realised it had relocated to form an even bigger snuggly blanket for my hamster inside of his Hamster Igloo. It also smelt of urine-so much for the hamster toilet, Chibi had begun to use this to answer his call of nature, which I was not pleased about, after training him to use his litter tray!
For those who do manage to get their hamster to fall in love with this bed, it is pleasing to know that the fabric is washable. Wipe it down with a clean cloth to get rid of any odours. I would not suggest machine washing this bed, as I would imagine that the fabric inside would not retain its shape. My bedding came in a dark blue colour, with a white fleece edging. As far as I am aware, this is the only colour this bed comes in, as I could only find it in dark blue when I was purchasing it. It is also of a rather large size, which can prove a problem in most hamster cages. I did manage to make it fit, but only after taking out several of Chibi's things. I am not sure if the bedding is 100% safe for hamsters, so I would suggest removing this and the bedding straight away from the cage once you have noticed it has been ripped. I only ever buy vegetable fibre bedding for my hamster, just to make sure he does not develop intestinal difficulties like many hamsters are prone to.
I would advise going against this bedding, and going for a plastic bed instead. They last longer, there is no danger of the hamster ripping it to pieces and taking out the bedding, and it can be filled with safe, non-toxic bedding which can be changed regularly and easily. I felt that this bed was a complete waste of my money, and I think Chibi is content to sleep in his little Hamster Igloo more than anything!
Just before Christmas I went on a 2 day field trip with university leaving Lennon, my hamster, with my boyfriend. He loves the little bugger and I knew that he would spoil him with loads of treats. Half expecting to come home to a severely obese hamster I was positively surprised that the treat bag was still almost full. However, I nearly had a heart attack once I saw Lennon's cage - my boyfriend apparently went a bit crazy in a pet store and bought more hamster cages, add-ons and toys than you can image. His excuse was that it was Christmas and that Lennon needed presents as well. I was all in favour for presents but I had some snacks in mind and not stuff worth the equivalent of a weekend trip to Paris.
Anyway, Lennon loved most of his new toys and definitely enjoyed the add-ons to his cage. Unfortunately there were a few products that were wasted on him like the fruity treats he didn't like or the play tunnel that was too small and just like the Trixie Hamster Napper. In all fairness, I could have told him that Lennon would not appreciate this little addition to his cage.
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The Trixie Hamster Napper is a "bed" for hamsters and other small rodents that can be bought for roughly 3 pounds in selected pet stores. I have not seen it before so I don't think that it is widely available. The bed is made of a round waterproof material that is covered in soft white fleece. The fleece is wash-able to ensure that your hamsters bedding stays as hygienic as possible. That is if it actually gets used. Lennon unfortunately ignored the Trixie Hamster Napper and took no interest in it whatsoever. I think that it is simply not deep enough for him to properly hide in. If it would be deeper I assume he would just move his bedding and get cozy in the Napper. But as it stands he seems to prefer his bedroom attachment with loads of fluffy hamster bedding. I know how grumpy he gets when I clean it out so I could have told my boyfriend that you don't mess with his bed.
Still, I quite like the idea of the Trixie Hamster Napper and you might want to consider getting it for a new hamster or in case that you switch cages for your pet. Once they established their sleeping area it will be rather though to convince them to sleep somewhere else.
We kept the Trixie Hamster Napper for Lennon to play with in his "outdoor" area but he only gives it any kind of attention once we hide some treats in the fluffy fleece.
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All in all I have to say that the Napper was a big disappointment and a waste of money - Lennon didn't even consider using it and does not even use it as a toy.
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I have recently been conscripted as a (pretty much permanent) guardian to my friends daughters hamster when her immune system decided to go to defcom one in his presence, triggering all sorts of dramatic wheezing and swelling up of eyes.
When little Dick Henry Wad ... sorry but that was his name.. taken in part from an epithet in terminator apparently....arrived he had a nice new bed bought by my friend on a guilt trip I suspect. This was the Trixie hamster napper. I thought it looked lovely all snuggly and soft inside with a thick white fleece that overlaps the edges all the way around. It also has a moisture repellent coating on the outside of it's deep blue base, ideal for overenthusiastic water bottle attacks where the cage could ... um .. flood? or if your hamster decides to drag his bed into his toilet area... In which case he is trying to tell you something, it's the hamster equivalent of putting the bins out.
This product can be bought in two sizes that I'm aware of 16.5 and 15.5 cm across. It is only a couple of inches deep... or should I say cms.. about 5ish, which set off alarm bells straight away, as every hamster I've ever owned or 'know' has liked to disappear right inside their nest. The Trixie napper costs between £2.75 and £3.70 from Amazon, the postage differs on each but brings them both up to about £5.70.
I was quite dubious about the usefulness of this bed as a bed, rather than as a bit fluff - or environment enrichment object, as I've heard it called... i.e. bits of temporary nonsense added to captive animals environments to give them something different to play with for a while. However initially my new rodent friend seemed to quite like it, he decided to drag half his old bedding into the napper I think in an attempt to make it 'deeper'. By the time he'd finished the bed seemed quite small for Little Dick, despite his nickname he is rather chunky. However he seemed to rather like it, perched in it rather like a large chocolate muffin in a slightly too small paper cup.
My previous hamsters had always preferred to be secreted away somewhere from prying eyes when they slept, buried deep in the sawdust, or ensconced in a nice house shaped nest box, or a hamster pimped plastic exercise wheel gnawed off it's stand especially for use as a snazzy bed. So I was surprised that Richard (as he shall be known henceforth, as his name and all shortened versions of his name sound slightly, if not entirely obscene - any new name suggestions gratefully accepted) actually used it as intended.... at first
I noticed within about 4 days that pieces of familiar looking 'fluff' started to accumulate in the 'downstairs' section of his cage... after about 5 days there was more fluff there than on his bed. Bit by bit Richard dismantled Trixie, gnawing great big lumps off it and dragging them downstairs, the softer bits stuffed into his pouches until he resembled a furry cricket ball. He happily settled in downstairs, his bed now turned into a semi subterranean cave with just some blue and white wisps visible amongst the mound of sawdust and paper nesting material that I always provide. So like most Syrian hamsters Richard had voted with his teeth and customised his bed. Hamsters like to make their own nests, any nest product should only really provide a frame in which they can create their ideal snoozing pad.
Trixie didn't last long enough for me to wash her, but I suspect she wouldn't have washed well, the fleece seems the type to matt up a bit, perhaps hand washing would avoid this to a certain extent. This little hamster napper was not as long lasting as my friend had probably hoped. I'm afraid that the Trixie hamster napper will be turfed out when I next clear his nest - I don't throw the nest out with the rest of the sawdust/wood chippings unless it it truly minging as hamsters don't like you messing with their bed if you don't have to.
This bed may work better for smaller rodents like mice, or one of the 'dwarf' varieties of hamster such as the Russian. The idea for this nest is nice, and most Trixie products are pretty good, but hamsters tend to want something they can hide inside, and have an insatiable desire to 'shred' any bedding, so if you are hoping to buy this as a one off to use for the life of your hamster I would look for something different. If you are a seasoned hamster owner and are resigned to the fact that most things you put into the cage are going to get chewed and chewed good then you probably wouldn't have bought this in the first place. It is a reasonable little item, but is more decorative than functional really, it offers comfortable rest whether it is used as a bed in the intended fashion, as 'environment enrichment' or as additional material for a 'self' build' nest. Just don't expect it to last long.
My daughter talked me into buying the Trixie Hamster Napper for her pet hamster, who she has named "little fella". He is a roborovski hamster, the smallest bread of dwarf hamsters.
We bought this from our local pet shop, we paid £4.50 for it. I feel it was a good price to pay and was not bothered if he liked it or not as it was cheap enough.
The napper is a round shape with padding with a shallow dip where your hamster sits or sleeps. The outer material is blue in colour, soft nylon like material. The inner material is very soft and fluffy for extra warmth.
Size- 16.5cm width all way around the circle.
This is not machine washable on any setting. I hand wash mine with a cleaner thats suitable for hamsters. Ring it out well and reshape it and pop it in the airing cupboard to dry.
We put it near his plastic hut which he rarely used as a bed. At first he kept his distance but hes always like that with new things in his cage. We then left him alone for a short while. When we came back he was inside it investigating it. I thought at least hes in it, we went to bed that night and when we came down stairs in the morning he was curled up fast asleep and looked so cosy. He sleeps in it every night now. It was such a good buy.
My hamster only does his toileting in on corner of his cage so the napper is staying clean and fresh.
My daughter and myself are over the moon with the napper. He loves his comfortable napper and it gives us peace of mind when the winter comes he will be warm in his napper. It cleans well too. My only one niggle is that it if a bit large in size for him.
I give this 4 dooyoo stars x
When I first brought Colin my hamster home I thought I had all the bases covered in preparation for his arrival. I had run around Pets & Home picking up pounds worth of things, my flatmate got me a hamster book and when we all got in I put him in his new home and set it up nice for him.
However after reading up about hamsters I realised that he should use his 'shelter' (I got him a plastic thing with holes in) as a bed but he wouldn't use it. He just buried himself in cosy bedding that I got from Pets At Home and sawdust and I felt a bit sorry for him really!
I decided that Colin needed a bed much to my boyfriends annoyance ('You go overboard with that bloody hamster!') and my flatmate's amusement. I looked in Pets At Home and then checked online at many pet stores and in the end I found this Trixie hamster napper on Amazon which cost me about £6.00 (inc postage & packing).
The Napper Itself:
As far as I'm aware of it only comes one colour which is dark blue with a thick white fleece covering inside of it that goes over the top and its round. They are available in different sizes however I found this one to be about the size I wanted!
However when it arrived I found that the circumference of this to be rather large but that the dent in the middle of it to not be very deep at all. Finding a place in his cage big enough to not cause an obstruction was a bit tough!
However I liked the style of the napper. The underneath is coated so that it is waterproof meaning that the thick fleecy part of the bed stays dry and warm and one of my main concerns owning a hamster is him getting a cold as they tend not to survive that.
However Colin hates his bed! He prefers to use it as a toilet and after a day of having an upset tummy I decided to wash the napper so I put it on a low setting in my washer machine to spruce it up a bit and the fleecy part went very matted and a bit crummy looking.
I don't know what it is bout the bed Colin don't like. I think its simply the texture of the bed and him not having enough room to make himself comfortable in the 'dent'. I have shoved a load of paper bedding etc on the bed and tried to gently encourage him to sleep in/on it but he won't and once I've covered it in disposable bedding the whole thing is very tall and high up for a little man!
We're not impressed by this at all. I think its costs a lot of money for what it is, takes up a lot of room and isn't easy to keep clean. The sleeping bit needs to be a deeper and all in all now I've written a review on it I'll get rid as I really think he just don't want a bed!