“ Wilkinsons / Hamster Tunnel „
Due to our hamster chewing everything and anything we put in her cage including water bottles!!! We bought one of these wooden tunnels from Wilkinsons. I used to work in Wilkinsons, and know that some of their products can be a bit cheap and nasty (as with most cheaper products).
The wooden tunnel, (wooden log with holes drilled out of it) cost £1.55 and I hoped this would be the saviour of its water bottle. We popped it into her cage when we got it home and she immediately ran away from it and ignored its existence. Nice, we left it in a few days, and then emptied her cage to clean it. Putting Chip (the hamster) and wooden log into a big bucket while we cleaned, she started to pay some attention to it. After replacing her and her log back into her cage, she then started to drag her bedding into the wooden holes and fill it with sawdust, paper and tissue! Since then, she has slept in the log every day since> I still don't know why she didn't like it to begin with but now they are inseparable.
Due to her spending all of her time inside it, it does become extremely smelly, I am sure you can guess why. So every few months I throw it away and purchase another one. She takes to these a lot easier than she did the first one; she also chews them to bits, littering the bottom of the cage and her hidey holes with bark and slithers of wood! She is now a very happy hamster.
Most people on here will now I'm sure realise that I am a hamster mad lady. With five of them, Trevor, Eric, Reginald, Englebert (Trev and the late Maud's son) and my newest edition Winifred I am constantly on the look out for nice things for them and I love buying them stuff to play with and to keep them entertained and contented.
Wooden tunnels like this I have already from a different brand but needed a couple more, not too big to place into Winifreds and Reginalds cages. Although all my hamsters do have large cages (they all have one each) things can take up alot of their living room so when I spotted these in Wilkisons costing only £1.65 each I decided to get them.
They come with a paper label on them with a rodent shown on them and we are told basically what it is and contact details for Wilkinsons are given on it and thats it. No size is given though this is referred to as small tunnel.
The Tunnel Itself:
Well its made of wood, with a very thick brown somewhat flaky bark on the outside of it, smoother more pine looking wood is in the centre. It has two large board out holes through it and thats basically it. It looks like a piece of tree trunk really and nothing special to me at all lol.
This has to be laid flat out in cage because it topples over if you don't and both my tunnels are slightly different sizes with the holes in different places so they are pretty natural.
My Syrian hamsters are large though these are suitable for most rodents providing you haven't got huge ones. They are great for them to play in and out of, make beds in and nibble and gnaw on to keep their teeth in good condition. They last for ages this type of product, though because they are made of natural wood they are hard to keep clean if your rodents, as mine do pee all over them and poop all over them too but I simply wipe them down and if they get smelly or too dirty I throw things like this out. The bark when they nibble it does makes a mess but I simply remove that when cleaning the cages out which I do weekly anyway.
All in all for £1.65 I think that these are a great quality, long lasting buy. They are none toxic and safe just make sure when you buy one that your rodent isn't too big for it and go for a larger one if so!
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