The hamster exercise ball (also known as a run-about) is a wonderful toy for your little pet. There are really three key things that I love about this toy. It's healthy, fun and safe. On the health front, it's difficult to find a better toy for your pet hamster. The run-about gives your little buddy the run of the house. It's great for your hamster because he won't get bored. Watch him go for hours on this thing, sweating off that excess fat the whole time. It's really got all the benefits of a hamster wheel, combined with a whole lot of fun.
As far as "fun" goes, hamster toys don't get much better than the run-about. Your pet isn't the only one having fun either. My whole family gets a real kick out of watching our little guy ripping around the living room. "Turco", our little pet, has even followed my kids around before. Nothing is funnier than watching a child being chased by a hamster in a plastic ball. I think a picture is probably in order soon...
If you have any fragile accessories on top of your coffee table, you may want to keep a close eye on the hamster exercise ball though. One time, our hamster ran into the table and sent a very nice vase crashing to the floor. Our hamster remained unhurt though.
This brings me to the final thing I love about this particular hamster toy. The run-about is very safe. They're usually constructed of a very heavy duty plastic and can thus take a lot of abuse. I've never had one crack on me. That said, you shouldn't let your hamster play with this toy unsupervised. Keep an eye on him at all times as he's running around your house in his new favorite little ball.