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As the Hamster Wheel Turns, Part 4: The Giant Cardboard Tube

Updated on March 25, 2015
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What a Glorious Day to Be a Hamster!

What could be a better gift for a hamster than a giant cardboard tube, right? At least that is what I thought.

At work the other day, a co-worker ordered a number of giant sized posters and charts for a conference. I was really excited to see they arrived in a huge cardboard container. Inside this giant container, was an enormous cardboard tube. The tube was about 5 feet in length.

Naturally, I thought, "This would be the best toy ever for my hamster, Bella!" Quite frankly, she is a big hamster and she outgrew the paper towel roll long ago. Now, of course, I am aware that a giant 5 foot long tube that is about 6 inches wide is way bigger than a paper towel roll. This just seemed so huge - like an amusement park ride for hamsters. Since it was being thrown out, I could not wait to grab it and take it home for Bella.

Bella's Big Opportunity

After lugging this super-sized tube home, I waited until I was cleaning Bella's cage to introduce her to it.  I thought she would be pretty excited.  I know I was really excited, so naturally, I anticipated her to feel the same way.

I put the tube down on the floor and wrapped the hamster playpen fence around the opening part of the tube.  I wanted Bella to have the chance to climb on it and really decide if she liked it.  I put Bella in the play area and watched.

At first, Bella seemed a little hesitant about the giant tube.  Then she ran in, and ran up and down quite a bit.  Finally, she opted to go to the end of the tube that was sealed, and attempt to chew it apart.  I guess she did not love it the way I imagined she would.

Bigger is Not Always Better

I learned two things from this experience: A) bigger is not always better, and B) my hamster likes to play with flashlights.

Once Bella decided to destroy the tube, I decided it would be best to get her out. I beamed a flashlight in, but Bella totally ignored me. I finally had to gently lift the tube so that she slide out. Imagine a giant hamster slide and you can imagine Bella's ride.

She seemed perfectly content coming out the huge tube and really excited about the flashlight I left on the floor. Having never seen a flashlight before, Bella was more impressed with that. I was able to take the tube away and she never even noticed. She preferred playing with the flashlight instead.

I guess when it comes to pets, you never really know what they may enjoy. I do know my hamster is full of surprises. From now on, no more giant cardboard tubes for Bella. Now I can just lug this tube to the trash/recycling room. Maybe someone else will find a use for it.


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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your hamster, Timmy. I am sure he was awesome. I know what you mean about having a difficult time moving on. After Bella's death, I pretty much immediately got my hamster, Mimi. Mimi passed away about 6 months ago, but I have not been able to get another hamster. It was just too much for me. I felt like she died without much warning.

    I am happy to hear you got another hamster. I hope you and your new hamster have a lot of fun times together. Maybe one day I will be able to get a new hamster, too. For now, I am considering getting fish. :-)

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    katydane 4 years ago

    I just came across your page tonight I too lost a super fly hamster named Timmy.

    Originally I planned a short comment to let you know I appreciated the with Bella I was in tears for awhile and still I think about him often, he was a rock star.

    Reading that Bella passed away was sad, It hit close to home.

    Timmy was extraordinary" 0everybody loved him , the day he left us the Vet whom id met told me she was pleased an affectionate he was even while nearing the end.

    He is missed.

    After saying id never get another r one because i was so anxious and sad!

    My daughter finally convinced me to get another hamster about 6 weeks ago....sigh we're working on his trust issue and enjoying every minute.

    Thanks! .

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    rlaha 6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

    Yes, they are! :)

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Pets are so funny, aren't they? Thanks for reading all my hamster hubs. I really appreciate it!

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    rlaha 6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

    Our cat used to like this toy mouse. When it got so old and raggedy, we got her a new one. But she never liked the new one! She would smell it and walk away. If we got the old one out to play with her, she would absolutely have a ball playing with it.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    She did like it, but she especially enjoyed the flashlight. Thanks for reading these hubs!

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    rlaha 6 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

    It seems like Bella really enjoyed that tube! :)