Best small animal exercise wheels according to redditors

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u/maggiefiasco · 10 pointsr/aww

First of all, realize they are nocturnal animals. He or she will be up ALL NIGHT and they are very active creatures, and if you are not also a night owl, this might bother you. Consider getting a large wheel like this one. They have long tails that can get stuck in the bars of hamster wheels, and they'll run on this thing all night long if you ignore them so the silent part is key. Yes, they need a lot of space, ideally the larger the enclosure the better. If you only have one or two sugars you can opt for a large bird cage or small reptarium (like a terrarium, but for reptiles) but any more than that, and you start looking at really expensive cages. They'll also enjoy large hamster or guinea pig balls to roam around the house. The more toys, the more space, the more attention the better.

Secondly, they are exotic and require a lot of care. Their diets are very specialized and you'll have to make a lot of it from scratch and provide a lot of fresh fruit and insects. They are marsupials, they require certain vitamins and minerals to remain healthy and free of disease. A common disease for sugars is something called HLP, hind leg paralysis. Because of this they need foods high in calcium... You'll need to learn to make BML food, the instructions and ingredients for which can be found here They also love fresh fruits, a good list can be found here You can go to any local bait shop and pick up bugs for them, my sugar really liked crickets and mealworms. I ended up keeping a small cage full of crickets and a small cup of mealworms in the fridge, in addition to the BML in the freezer, and fresh fruit, honey and snacks for feedings.

Food, aside from nourishment is a great opportunity for bonding. They like applesauce or yogurt and will eat it from the tips of your fingers. Its a good idea to start them young with these behaviours so they learn your scent, and are less prone to bite. He or she will enjoy eating with you, and they will appreciate getting treats or insects straight from your hands. Aside from bonding with food, scent bonding is key. Sugar gliders, like ferrets, have scent glands in their heads and bodies. The males are stronger scented than females, but they will mark their territory and you, and will look for your scent as well. I used small squares of cloth that I had slept with or kept under my pillow for several days. I'd put this in his nest box or pouch (obviously, marsupials sleep in pouches, yet another thing to research or a fun DIY sewing project) and he'd sleep with it, growing accustomed to my smell. Feeding them by hand and scent bonding are both important to start on when they are young.

TL;DR they're just REALLY different from any other pet you've probably ever had. Do the research and really think about whether or not this type of work is for you.

I hope you or anybody else who read all that found this comment helpful :)

u/MoodyStocking · 10 pointsr/hamsters

I'm not sure if you are the vloggers in this video, but I'm gonna assume you are and give you the standard 'new hamster advice' that we give a lot of people on here, as a community we're trying to improve hamster care, and as a youtuber, your community is so important for forwarding that :)

First off, it looks like you've got some good kids that will hopefully be good and responsible hamster owners! However, and this is a fault with the pet shops more than anything who often give out incorrect if well meaning advice for new owners, there are a few things you can do that'll make your hamster happier and a much better pet.

Firstly, the wheel needs to be replaced with one with a solid running base, a 12" one is perfect for syrian hamsters. Wired wheels lead to something called Bumblefoot (wiki article linked), which is very painful for hamster. The best wheels have a solid base, a solid back, and a semi-open front, something like this.

Also, the cage needs to be substantially bigger, although it's hard to tell what the dimensions are from the video, you should be aiming for 450 square inches of unbroken floor space. A 40gallon aquarium is perfect, or a bin cage - bin cages can be a really fun project for the kids to get involved with as well...and another huge benefit is that there is less opportunity for bar chewing!! The bedding in the cage should be deeper - a few inches for sure, but deeper is better, they love burrowing and in the wild will burrow many meters under the ground.

Studies have shown that hamsters in bigger cages are calmer, less stressed, and easier to handle (I can dig them up if you want), so a bigger cage is better for the hamster and better for you!

There's some great resources on the subreddit about good hamster care :)

edit: a very well put together thread about cage size/set up, including research sources

u/RazzBeryllium · 8 pointsr/hamsters

For Syrians, you'll want a bigger wheel (at least 10"). These are all popular options (assuming you're in the U.S.):

  • (my personal favorite)

  • (I have this one as well and it's good)

  • (I've never tried these but I've seen them recommended as well)

    For Syrians, I'd say bare minimum floor space is 650 sq. inches, but larger is always better (some countries recommend twice that). If you're in the U.S., it's virtually impossible to find a large enough cage, so many people go the DIY route using bins or other creative options. For example, using the IKEA Detolf will provide 1,082 sq inches of floor space (and is cheaper than most large cages anyway).

    You'll also want to give him a sand bath AND a separate sand area for a litter box. (So two sand areas). Child's play sand (available at hardware stores) is a great cheap option, but this is often recommended as well:

    Rather than getting a hamster ball, it's generally preferable to hamster-proof a room (or block off part of a room) and allow them free-roaming time as often as you can. It's great exercise, lets them explore, and presents an opportunity for you to have fun interactions (let them run around and tire themselves out first, though).

u/snukb · 8 pointsr/hamsters

I'm assuming that when you say she gets carrots to chew on, you mean among other things. Carrots, if given in the amounts necessary for active chewers, would give your hammie diarrhea. She needs other safe chew alternatives, like safe wood, raw shelled nuts (NO ALMONDS), or edible chews from the pet store.

I'd also recommend replacing that wheel with something with a solid surface, like a Wodent Wheel, Silent Spinner, or Flying Saucer.

One of my favorite toys for cage boredom is a simple toilet paper tube, stuff a bit of non-perishable treats in the middle (like Cheerios, sunflower seeds, dried peas, etc) and the stuff the rest with shredded paper or hay. Wrap paper around it and twist the ends like a giant wrapped hard candy, and give to your hammie. They have to shred the outside to get to the treats inside, and they can use the leftover paper as nesting material.

u/Durshka · 7 pointsr/RATS

Okay, lessee.. note: info overload coming..

Good bedding types are 100% recycled cat litter, there are only a few which don't contain harmful phenols, those are back2nature, yesterday's news and carefresh. Carefresh should be frozen beforehand to kill any possible mites. Don't use wood shavings/chippings, most are made from pine and that's harmful to the babes.

Don't use shampoo with them, if you must, get pet shampoo that doesn't contain phenols. I haven't actually washed mine and I've had them 7 months. Girls don't get very smelly and groom themselves. I occasionally add a small drop of pure olive oil to their food which keeps their fur shiney. You can add a drop directly to their fur, rub it in and they'll groom it out. The best way to keep them clean, is to teach them to go pea-fishing :D Start off with a small container with a small bit of water and build up from there. Always let them approach the water themselves and entice them with peas.

Don't feed them too many naughty treats, they're actually really easy to treat, my girls will do anything for a bit of chicken and they love peas.

Their diet.. now this is a tricky one. Lots of fresh veg, a small bit of fruit and a small bit of protein and lots of cereal. There's any number of commercial feeds you can get, others can advise which are best, we don't get the good ones in my country. The pet shop you got them from.. eh... know nothing, sorry. Bird food and moist dog food are a horrible diet for rats! The seeds have no nutrients and the dog food has too much fat and protein (you might find they have runny poo because of it). The best bet is to make up your own. I feed my brats a version of the Shunamite diet. The Rat Lady's and Suebee's also come highly recommended.

Random other things you can feed them, any meats or fatty foods should be given sparingly: hard boiled egg (crack the shell to get it started, then watch the mayhem), cooked chicken bones, cooked plain chicken, fresh veg, tinned tuna, porridge made from water, mealworms, yoggies. Things to avoid: apple seeds, citrus fruits, uncooked sweet potato, soda, milk. This is not a definitive list. If I'm giving my babes something new I will generally google it first, which recently stopped me from giving them asparagus (apparently it makes their pee stink!).

Okay, what else.. TOYS! You don't need a wheel, but if you get one, go for a closed wheel with no gaps, ie: something like this. If you get the normal metal one their tails could get trapped. My girls get a lot of homemade toys, they love the inner rolls of toilet paper. If you give them some with the tissue still attached, they can use it as bedding. They love hammocks, there's so many ways to make them.

From your pics, they look a bit startled and are hiding in the corners, it might be an idea to give them some sort of shelter (a cardboard box) until they get used to their surroundings. This is a great guide in how to socialise them, basically, yoghurt on a metal spoon.

Oh, and did you know, rats can't vomit. So.. when you give them something new, they'll nibble a tiny bit, then go away and wait, if it doesn't make them sick, they'll come back and eat it. So, if your babes don't seem to be trying anything new, give them some time, that's just their natural instincts coming through!

Lastly, did you know you can litter train rats. Look for some youtube vids, but basically, use a different bedding to their cage, find their preferred corner, move their pellets in there and they'll pick it up. It'll never work for their pee though :/

You should aim to give them about an hour "free-roam" per day, this can be in a barricaded area. Remember, rats can jump quite high and they love chewing things, as some of my cables found out :/ Also, you won't be doing this for the first couple of days, let them settle in first.

Oh, and the first thing you should teach them is to come when called, use treats to get this (my girls will race for bits of bran flakes), it's a lifesaver when they get lost/stubborn!

Let me know if I forgot anything! :D

u/theswedishtrex · 6 pointsr/hamsters

I had a hamster (RIP Mimmi :() that would do that. I freaked out the first time she did it. She was my first hamster and I was so scared something was wrong with her. But, nope. Just lazy.

But I really would suggest getting a larger wheel :) I use this for my hammy

u/Skilpadden · 6 pointsr/PetMice

One thing that you can try for a noisy wheel is to put a few drops of vegetable oil (like olive oil) on the axle. It won't hurt the mice to come in contact with it or eat it, and it will silence the wheel. Also, I've had this wheel for a year and it is still quiet.

u/pshowers · 5 pointsr/hamsters

Unfortunately your cage is too small, which would explain all the bar climbing that your hamsters are doing. Your cage is 266 square inches and the minimum cage requirement is 450...

I’ll attach some URL’s of appropriate sized cages below otherwise, a 40 gallon breeder tank (which you can normally find used for under $50) works fantastically!

Hamster Cages:

I also would not use a saucer, they are really not suitable for Syrians, I would use the following wheel:

u/notalegalist · 5 pointsr/hamsters

It looks like this one (yellow) and I think this one (grey). Exotic Nutrition Silent Runners are freaking fantastic. I use the 9in. one for my mouse, and it's so quiet, but it took just a little bit of olive oil on the screw in the back, at least for me.

u/PurlekTheGhost · 5 pointsr/aww

> For those who are wondering...

Thanks, guy!

u/CheesyChips · 5 pointsr/hamsters

Oh my. The wheel is worse than I first thought!

8" is way too small, do you see his back is arched? It should be completely straight or he will get back problems.

This wheel is probably the worst on the market not just because of size!

The metal rungs and bad on hammys feet and can cause a condition called bumble foot, which gives the ham sore swollen feet. All wheels and all walking surfaces of a cage should be solid. No metal bars.
Also hammy could get his leg caught between the metal bars and might break his leg, at worst it might have to be amputated.

The way the stand goes though the middle and back and down on either side isn't so good either! Hammy can hurt himself there too! If he gets caught there while the wheel is spinning the metal side bars could cause real issues, even death.

Wheels should be 12" for Syrians (minimum!), it should be solid with a solid running area and have a back to it.

How much do you want to spend? You can buy a relatively large wheel for cheapish but it might get squeeky! Which really does get annoying. Believe me!
I spent around £25 on my hamster's 12" silent spinner. I know that sounds expensive, but to me it's worth it!


Let me link you some different wheels that will be ok, of varying price and quality, but all safe and suitable, It's up to you to pick which one you would like following the rules.

Kaytee 12" basic

I have this silent spinner 12"

Sorry it's a UK link, but this is an idea for a style of wheel

These ones from Etsy are available in the USA and people really like them

The right size silent spinner at PetSmart


So remember the three rules!

  1. Solid (no wire)

  2. Size (12")

  3. Safe (needs a solid back to the wheel and suitable stand)


    Hope this helps!
u/theresonly151 · 4 pointsr/hamsters
u/Hobbs4Lyfe · 4 pointsr/hamsters

These are my top three choices. A popular wheel is the kaytee silent spinner as a 6.5 inches. I’ve listed the bigger ones as sometimes the 6.5 isn’t big enough and can lead to a hunch back or other problems. While they seem pretty large, I can promise you that your hammy will be able to move them, they just may need to adjust to a larger size.

This one is great, not expensive at all but it isn’t exactly “silent”.
Kaytee Comfort Wheel Large 8.5"

Kaytee Silent Spinner 10" Exercise Wheel, Large, Colors May Vary

Silent Runner 9" - Exercise Wheel + Cage Attachment - for Hamsters, Gerbils, Mice and Other Small Pets

u/InfintySquared · 3 pointsr/hamsters

I can't recommend the Silent Spinner brand enough. They have a ball-bearing axle, so they really ARE silent. And they're in most pet stores. Here's the requested Amazon link.

Minor issue: If you have a cage that will hold the twelve-inch model, GET THAT ONE. It will be more comfortable for the larger Syrian. The 6.5" model isn't bad, but I'd prefer at least an 8" wheel so his back won't arch as much.

Wodent Wheel also makes a ball-bearing axled silent wheel that does come in an 8" size, which fits in most fishtank cages, but isn't in any local pet stores in my area. Though since /u/queserasera_ is specifically asking for Amazon links, it's worth mentioning.

I don't have direct experience with the Wodent Wheel brand, but I have friends who love it. I do have direct experience with Silent Spinners, and I love it. They work. Get the largest one that will fit in your cage.

u/Snazzy_Serval · 3 pointsr/CatTaps
u/Islanderrufus · 3 pointsr/hamsters

I had such a hard time trying to find a large wheel! What I did was go on Amazon. Com instead of ca and bought a Trixie wheel. The 29cm one. It was 18$ shipping but the wheel itself was only 9 which still made it cheaper then the ones I could find on the Canadian amazon (couldn't find any under 50).
Ill try to send link :

Also the strong brew hamstery in Ontario (? I think it was) makes really nice homemade ones but when I messaged she had a lot of orders already and there's a long wait list, not sure on the price. Just look up strong brew hamstery bucket wheels, they are on Facebook.

u/lizzi00 · 3 pointsr/hamsters

Love her color makes her look like a teeny Syrian! She’s a dwarf so I don’t think I need to say anything about a wheel just don’t go super tiny. Make sure she has a proper size cage. Big cages are the best make sure its atleast 24” length 12” width and 12” height. Clear bins are good for you too see her I’d recommend! Cut holes in her lit so she can breath and can’t escape, either cut 60+ half an inch holes or cut a big square off the lid (if you have a cat or curious dog do the hole lid) do not use pine or cedar bedding. Any paper bedding is good I recommend carefresh (Cheaper on Amazon) do not use mesh wheels!!! Your ham will get hurt and get bumble feet not good. No bathing in water. It’s not necessary but it’s highly recommend to get sand for your hamster to bathe in, she’ll either roll around in it herself or you can hold her and give her a sand bath. I like most plastic wheels, wouldn’t recommend wooden wheels for a dwarf since my friend has a wooden wheel for her ham and he can’t even move it so she had to pay for a plastic one. Chews are good for her teeth so they don’t grow too long. Clip her nails if you can, if you can’t go to a vet when you notice them getting long. Plastic tubes and empty paper tubes are good boredom breakers. Clean the cage fully once a month with a one part water one part vinegar solution and change the bedding monthly. Lastly a hideout so she can scurry away. I’ll leave some links, good luck!

hamster care video

bin cage tutorial

If she’s not tame here’s a taming vid

hamster dont’s





boredom breaker/hideout


bin for bin cage

mesh top for bin cage

zip ties for bin cage


u/Deskbot · 3 pointsr/cats

You should get your cat something like this:

u/RobotPigOverlord · 3 pointsr/hamsters

Very cute! Look at that little face!

U should change the wheel, i have this one, works great

Kaytee Large Comfort Exercise Wheel, 8.5-Inch, Colors Vary

u/potatopia · 3 pointsr/PetMice

I kept my mice in my room and their wheel used to wake me up until I replaced it with this! Worked like a dream and used it for the rest of their lifespans.

u/HerbalGerbils · 3 pointsr/hamsters

A great wheel 11inch, very quiet. The front comes off for easy cleaning. Can be hung upside down if needed (mine is upside down because wheel stands don't work great in deep bedding).

u/carlily · 2 pointsr/RATS

I think if you got a bigger wheel he would use it, my rats used a 12 inch wheel

u/hasuris · 2 pointsr/Degus

There is no way the degus can avoid each other if they want to so please add a full level with 2 holes as passages.

Also Degus need wheels. Get one asap.
Will do but won't last. I've reinforced ours with an additional layer of wood glued at the front. A wheel is the single most used and loved item by Degus.

u/MyPantsHasButtPocket · 2 pointsr/hamster

Hamsters are nocturnal, so while you may think she's not using her wheel, she might be using it while you are asleep or away from home. I do hope you get a larger cage for her soon, as that cage is too small to accommodate an appropriately sized wheel. If she truly isn't using a wheel at all, the size of the wheel may be contributing to that.

Syrians should run on a 12 inch wheel. An economic choice is the comfort wheel from Kaytee:


Although it will appear oversized, a 12 inch wheel will prevent your hammy from arching her back, which can cause issues as she ages. Regardless of which wheel you provide, make sure the wheel has a solid running surface, versus the wire wheels.


You mentioned being on a tight budget, but if you can save up to afford it, this has been a great cage for my hammies and I think could really improve your hammy's quality of life:

u/OttoIV · 2 pointsr/hamster

With the wheel I would just watch. If his back is bend while running then you should get a bigger one, otherwise it's fone. If you're worried with him flying out of the wheel, there are wheels where the side is closed and only some holes are in it so that the hamster can climb in but not so easily fall out :) like this, for example (it's bigger than you need, but it's just so I can illustrate what I mean xD)
As for the sunflower head:not really. Any dried sunflower head should do. You should be able to get them from your local pet store in the aisle for birds. Oh and if your already there, grab some flax. Trust me, your hamster will go crazy for it. It's like cat mint, only that it's hamsters favourite snack xD
The sand you have sounds good. I just overlooked your sand bath 😅 Thank you for caring so much about your hamster. He will have a lovely home ❤

u/Bllove07 · 2 pointsr/videos

Actually got one of these.

When he can't go on the deck he uses it. Just had to train him with treats!!

u/rxchell · 2 pointsr/hamsters

It’s the Trixie wheel that everyone in this thread recommends!! Do have to say it’s MASSIVE like way bigger than I was expecting but she loves it

It comes with a stand, or a clip that goes on bars and the stand is super quiet but when it clips in the bars it does rock slightly!

Trixie 61011 Rotating Ferris...

u/TylerRosexD · 2 pointsr/hamsters
u/dredla · 2 pointsr/gif
u/zacobson2 · 2 pointsr/hamster

I had that wheel too, it was very noisy and generally awful.
Trixie 61011 Rotating Ferris Wheel Hamsters, Plastic, ø28 cm, Assortment: Random Colors
I highly recommend that one, it’s extremely quiet and perfect for syrians.

u/subvrsve · 2 pointsr/Hedgehogs

Ours super love to run on their wheels (they are like this type ). And for bedding, we use corn cob bedding. It's supposedly very good for them because it does not have dust and is therefore better for their noses:). Do you think yours would be allergic to that?

u/MoriKitsune · 2 pointsr/RATS

1- Always adopt more than one!

Rats are very social animals, and to prevent undue stress and sadness, they need to have rattie friends with which to spend their time. Also, try to adopt same-sex pairs/groups to avoid accidental litters; if you must adopt rats of different genders, make sure one of them are ‘fixed’ before housing them together. It’s also a good idea to get littermates, as they’ll already be familiar with each other, and they’ll be the same age, which becomes significant as they age and pass on.

Also, I HIGHLY recommend trying to find a reputable rat rescue near you before going to a pet store or breeder. There are SO MANY loveable, beautiful rats out there that were rescued from bad conditions and need loving homes. Breeders often supply reptile owners with feeders, and many don’t keep their rats in good conditions or socialize them properly. Same with pet stores. A lot of times, female pet store rats will even end up pregnant because someone didn’t keep them away from the males. There are several Facebook groups and websites with area-specific rescue groups that can point the way for you to find your babies.

2- Make sure your cage type is right!

Rats, like humans, need their personal space. If you cram too many in too small a space, you’ll get stress and fighting. Use a cage dimension calculator like this one to make sure the cage you’re looking at buying is big enough for the number of fur babies you’re going to get (2-3 is a good starting number.) also important is the distance between the cage bars, especially if you’re going to adopt young rats. Remember, anything they can fit their head through, they can fit the rest of their body through if they really want to. Try to get a cage with no more than 1/3-1/2inch of space between the bars.

Rats are also climbers- while a single-story unit would be fine for a rabbit or guinea pig, it’s important for rats to have multiple levels and platforms on which to live and play.

DO NOT use a glass tank. Rats are prone to upper respiratory infections, and they also pee quite a lot. This wouldn’t be an issue, except rat pee is high in ammonia, which is bad for them to breathe in. Tanks just can’t get the proper level of ventilation to be a good home for rats, even with daily cleanings; they might look cute, but for your babies’ sake, stick with a cage.

Make sure your cage has smooth floors. Rats, like most other pawed animals, have little pads on their feet. They’re also quite sensitive, and prone to getting their toes caught. Make sure that any mesh or wire platforms in your cage are covered with a hard, smooth surface so that your rats can walk/run/jump around comfortably.

3- Essentials

Rats are prey animals, so their instincts drive them to hide and nest; make sure you give them lots of places to hide away, like little houses, nests, baskets, and hammocks. Places up high are a favorite among my girls.

Make sure you have an constant, ample water supply. I recommend having a couple of water bottles, or a bottle and a dish- just in case they finish one off during the day, they’ll have plenty more to make it until you get home and notice that one’s empty. I personally keep a dish with dry rat food full in the cage as well, to make sure they’re never hungry.

Fleece liners or other bedding options are also important- rats aren’t very good at regulating their body temperatures, so giving them a means to keep warm is important. Fleece covers over the trays (I use blankets cut to shape and pinned with binder clips) or bedding spread liberally over the bottom of a deeper pan is important for this.

Exercise wheels are also a good idea; get the biggest one you can- it’s not good for them to have their backs/tails bent at too far an angle. A saucer wheel is perfect, but my girls wouldn’t run on the one I gave them, so I got them this one

Also, not quite essential, but- rats are über smart, and can be litterbox trained! Giving them a litter box and training them to use it will save a lot of time and effort when it comes to cleaning their cage every week.

4- Toys and decorations

Like I said before, rats are smart! They need mental stimulation. Puzzles, toy balls, and hanging bird toys are all great ideas. There are also a ton of diy toy ideas on the Internet in places like Pinterest. A lava rock ledge or a brick in the cage will help them keep their claws trim, and provide a convenient step-up into a hide. Try to stay away from soft woods, and keep with hardwood toys and shelters.
As for decor; they’ll probably regularly chew through the fleece you give them, so it’s easy to switch up the cage aesthetic whenever you want :) you can also cut up the old fleece into bits and give it to them as bedding to nest with, too.

This is my girls’ cage after it was mostly-clean yesterday (I did the top level later on.) I know the image is potato-quality, but you’ll probably be able to see the water bottles, hammocks, hides, and wheel :) their food dish is stashed behind the purple ramp next to the wheel haha

You might also notice the boxes in the top level; cardboard boxes are a great thing to put in their cages; it’s a chew toy and a hide all in one! You’ll need to replace them regularly, of course, but things like soda boxes and tissue boxes are great cage additions.

5- Cleanliness

It’s important to clean your rats’ cage weekly, at least, and twice weekly if they’re hairless (hairless are more prone to uri’s.) Personally, I wipe down the bars with baby wipes (or soap and water if they really need it) and clean the pans with soap and water. As for all of the hammocks and fleece, I toss it in the washing machine with my own clothes (no fabric softener or dryer sheets) and also make sure to beat them out (like a rug) so they’re as clean as possible before putting them in the laundry. I also wash all of their plastic toys, dishes, and wheels with soap and water, making sure to rinse them well so there’s no residue.

It’s rare, but sometimes your rats will need some help getting clean. When my girls were younger, there came a point where they smelled like pee and they had porphyrin all over their fur from their own cleanings; at that point, I prepared a thick towel and some warm water, and washed each of them with oatmeal baby soap, making sure to avoid their faces and ears (as you would with a dog or other pet) and immediately afterward cuddled them in the towel until they were dry enough that I felt like they wouldn’t be too cold in their cage. My SO was a big help with that stage.

6- Nutrition

Rats need a varied diet. Depending on where you look, you get different percentages, but personally what I do is leave a bowl full of dry food in their cage and top it off as needed, and every night (or, being real, every other night) when I get home and make my dinner, I make a plate for them and load it up with a bed of kale, sliced or canned vegetables, berries, a sprinkle of oats or nuts (I have some petite babies and I’m trying to help them gain weight) and some chicken or turkey baby food; sometimes I’ll even put some fruit baby food on there as well- they absolutely love it. For protein I’ll also sometimes do scrambled eggs or chicken that I’ve shredded up post-cooking, instead of poultry baby food (baby food is just the easiest thing for me to do) :) these guys give a comprehensive list of foods that are safe for rats, and when in doubt, google it before feeding it to them. Male rats generally have more dietary rules than females, so watch out for that with them.

7- Playtime!

Every single day, your rats will need at least an hour of playtime with you. Just like we were told as kids “get out and play an hour a day” this is really important for their mental and physical health. This could be anything from a free-roam in a rat-proof room, or just running around on the bed while you watch a movie. This is also a great time for you to teach them some tricks (there are plenty of tutorials on the web for how to train them 😊) or set up a little play area for them complete with toy houses and things to explore and treat-laden puzzles for them to solve. For treats, my girls love yogies, nuts, and dried fruit :)

u/ChristianCuber · 2 pointsr/hermitcrabs

This is what i have. I hung it upside down on some hooks. They love the shit out of it. it gets used daily and I've even had them double up in it.


Here is a shot I got of my two biggest guys in it at the same time. They were moving it too. I called the picture "teamwork" got a little video of them but haven't uploaded it anywhere to share.

u/AnnaAnjo · 2 pointsr/RATS <-- I got something like this, it is not so silent though, but something like this size is good

u/austens · 2 pointsr/hamstercare

Her cage looks great! It really shows that you put effort into research before buying her, so let's get her feeling a bit more comfortable in her new surroundings. If you've only had her for a few days, she could still be adjusting to scents and her new enclosure. My hamsters were really sweet the first few days and then realized that they were in my house for keeps and started to lash out, so have patience.

Can she get on/off the wheel with the green ceramic house there? She might be having trouble accessing it. I would also maybe get another wheel (as in two wheels in her enclosure) in case that is not her favorite - I am a fan of flying saucers as well. The one I linked should be the right one for her.

It doesn't look like she has any chew toys. The big log bundle she could use, but that could be too big for her to comfortably bite. When I adopted my dwarf hamster, the rescue suggested walnuts in shell as a boredom buster. You use a screwdriver to break a couple of small holes and then she'll be able to work her way through to get to the meat. You can also invest in some sweet potato sticks - our little guy LOVES his potatoes.

As for her bedding, I love that you included hay and aspen bedding but our vet recommended we use some natural paper bedding, like this one. She said there's a risk of skin or eye irritation and we didn't want to risk that.

May I ask what food you have for her? Any other treats? Just make sure there is NO molasses or sugar in what you are feeding her because dwarf hamsters are prone to diabetes. I'm also asking about treats because I really loved to spoil my little ones and encourage them into my hand/not to bite by rewarding them with little seeds or millet.

u/TheWishToLiveForever · 2 pointsr/hamsters

It’s this wheel , but he chewed the cork out of the inside - it’s smooth wood underneath

u/BPKrieg · 2 pointsr/AnimalTextGifs

This here is pretty much the best wheel you can get for any rodent:

Of course you have to get the correct size for the type of hamster and cage.

My Hamsters loved it and where never in danger of injury.

One downside is, that you will have to clean it on a regular basis if your hamster pees in it a lot.

u/5abrina · 2 pointsr/hamsters

That does look too small. I did the exact same thing - even the exact same wheel! - and had to upgrade. I ended up buying the same brand but the next size up (the one that is usually marketed for ferrets). If you can fit that one in the cage you have, I highly recommend it. I was worried at first that my girl would have a hard time with it being so big and potentially heavy, but she runs in it like crazy.

Edit: The one I got was this one

u/speedyjonzalas · 2 pointsr/RATS

It may be an option. Other wheels don't seem big enough for rats I'm my opinion. Make sure you get the large size like this one :

(It can either be used with the frame or you can remove the frame and attach it to the cage)

u/C22JE · 2 pointsr/RATS

yeah that is a big concern! Wire can cause fractured/broke feet and toes! I would recommend that one. Are you getting girls or boys? OH! and if you want a lot of people cover the shelves with fleece for easy clean up/soft cuddle spots. I personally don't with that cage since the shelves are smaller. Just something to consider!
And another thing my rats like are I like to put one up and then a hanging toy above it. It just adds another little thing for them to use.

u/twistedLucidity · 2 pointsr/hamsters

Get a Superpet Silent Spinner. Not cheap, but quiet.

u/tostada · 2 pointsr/RATS

Carefresh should be fine! :) And hopefully the grate keeps the majority of the mess in, but it's so floofy and fun to play with. Again, it should be fine, just a little more to pick off before throwing it in the wash.

Scraps and lots of toys to chew and tear up are lots of fun! It can also be cheap. Dig boxes and wood chews and cardboard mailing tubes are all fun toys for rats. Here's a great site for ideas:

Yay learning on a sewing machine! :D That's awesome that you're willing to learn on it. And the silent spinner is a bit pricey, yes... my Run-Around wheel was around $16, but my girls learned to run on the Comfort Wheel and are used to having a closed-in space, so they prefer the Comfort Wheel more. You can always pick one up at a physical pet store, as well, and clean it and return it if they don't like it (I know.. I'd feel guilty about it, but if it's in new condition, I don't think it's a bad thing to do). Ask at the rescue (if they ever call you, dang it!) if the rats are used to wheels already. Even if they're not it's worth a shot, because it's a lot of fun!

Yeah, vinegar is good for cleaning out flat surfaces, and you can always scrub with a rag for stubborn stains. But you'll be using fleece, which absorbs most of the mess! If your husband is allergic to bleach and you use vinegar already, you're good! :D

Oof, I would give them a call. Rescues are probably inundated with stuff to do, so they may have been to busy to reply. How many rats are you planning to take in? Will they be older, or babies? Male or female? (Sorry for being nosy; I'm excited for you!) Good on you for adopting from a rescue, BTW!! You're a hero! Don't be discouraged if your rats are a little flighty at first, or if they don't explore their new digs right away, especially if they were rescued from a not-so-great situation and are older. They'll open up with all the love and care you're already giving them!

u/Neuwerld · 2 pointsr/Hedgehog

You could drill a hole on the box to install the wheel?! Mine attaches with a bolt, I had to custom make the wheel because the ones I found weren’t big enough. There are also wheels that do not need to be attached to anything, Like the flying saucer exercise wheel. My girl loves running on a wheel! :-)

u/jehknee · 2 pointsr/hamsters

Hello! I don't post a lot but I spent a long time looking for the most appropriate wheel for my hammy, so wanted to share what I found:

My hammy is currently using the Trixie exercise wheel (28cm) which he absolutely loves, it's not silent but the only sounds are his feet pattering and the wheel rocking slightly on its stand. You can fix the wheel to the bars of a cage if you prefer which would probably eliminate this noise. Link on Amazon UK.

When he was younger we used a 6.5 inch Kaytee silent spinner which was fantastic, but he quickly outgrew it. They do a 12 inch one so if you have a large enough home for your hammy then that's also a possibility. Hope that helps a little!

u/niku31 · 2 pointsr/hamsters

your cage is very small and he is looking to escape also give him toys when you get this big cage

if you want my bin to cage its 660sq and was very cheap


which leaves a lot of money for toys and accessories

remember also to give him a lot of bedding like 10cm deep so he can dig in and sleep or make tunnels throughout the night

one more thing please buy him a bigger wheel since his back is probably curved and can resolver him not even using the wheel


if you can maybe try to get these things fast since your hamster is damaging his teeth and can hurt his nose

hopefully, this helps

Good luck!

u/pennygirl · 2 pointsr/pics

Hi! This is owner of Penelope #2, girlfriend of the other Redditor who posted :)

I am no expert but I have done my fair share of reading on this forum and also this one and here are some things I've learned:

Definitely get a heat source! They are supposed to be kept very warm, Penny's cage is always about 78-80 degrees, and I've read that a range of 74-82 is acceptable. I use a space heater that has a temperature setting that turns off when it gets to the right temp, which has worked really well for me! They can go into hibernation if their cage is any cooler than 74... Penny has attempted hibernation a couple of times and it's scary, and I imagine pretty bad for their health! They get all sluggish, won't uncurl from a ball, and are cold to the touch- definitely not good for them.

As far as food goes, I would recommend a mix of good quality cat foods --depending on the type, hedgehog food can actually be really bad for them if it has things like corn products and meat by-products. I feed Penny a mix of Innova Low Fat Adult Cat Food, Wellness Indoor Health Adult Cat food, and Sunseed Hedgehog food. I've read that the most important thing to look at what the first couple of ingredients are... Meat products and meat meal products. You should really try to avoid any cat food that has meat by-products and corn products, especially in the first couple of ingredients. I think the protein content is suppossed to be around 30-34%, and fat is supposed to be less than 13%? I think young hedgehogs are supposed to have a diet that is slightly higher in fat though, so definitely something to look into :)

Get her a wheel! You'll be amazed how much she will run every night... I have this one, which is good for little hedgehogs because their feet/toenails can't get caught in anything.

Oh! And for bathing... I like to use oatmeal because it's supposed to be good for their skin. I just put some in a sock and let it soak in the water with a couple drops of flax seed oil.

Enjoy the little thing!

u/listenana · 2 pointsr/RATS

My grown girls loved it and as the younger rats aged up, they loved it too.


I just lost my final rat last week and the day before she died I saw her taking a leisure stroll on it. She loved the wheel.

I would give you the old wheel if I could, I think I bought this one?

But get a bigger one if you can swing it. Especially if you have boys. (I always had girls and they were usually on the smaller side.)

u/noteric · 1 pointr/chinchilla

Hmm yeah that's not a very good bearing for a chin wheel, hence the cheap price tag. I bet they bought the bearing off McMaster-Carr. The only advice I can give you is to possibly lube it up to reduce friction. These table bearings are generally used for an axial surface load and not for a hanging rotational load like a chin wheel.

This is the wheel I have. The bearing I believe is a repurposed skate wheel, and works really well.

u/_ataraxia · 1 pointr/chinchilla

i don't think this is really an issue of wheel versus saucer, more about the particular wheel you have. my girls have a quiet chillawheel, though they don't seem to be available anymore. even with lilac's super spaztic running making the wheel wobble a bit and shaking the whole cage, everything is still securely locked in place and the wheel works just as well as the day i bought it almost two years ago. i had a flying saucer, but lilac never ran on it because she couldn't figure out how to run at an angle like the saucer requires.

u/Fartmonger8 · 1 pointr/hamsters

Excuse the formatting I'm on mobile, but the Carolina Storm Express Wheels have a reputation for being quiet and large enough for syrian hamsters despite being marketed for hedgehogs. I don't think they sell on amazon, but.

The Silent Spinners work okay, they're sold in major pet stores, though they only come in either 6 inches or 13 inches.

The Wodent Wheel in my experience isn't too loud, though every one is different.

u/gracieargo · 1 pointr/RATS

Get a Kaytee wheel. It’s cheap, can attach to cage and spins silently: Kaytee Spinner, Giant Wheel, 12 Inch (Colours Vary)

u/kittycoppermine · 1 pointr/Chonkers
u/fortune_cell · 1 pointr/RATS

Patti's a year old and she took to it like crazy, but the other rats (both younger – 6 months and 3 months) haven't really gotten the hang of it. If you get a wheel and they don't use it, you'll eventually have rats that do. This the the brand and size I have, and I'd recommend it. It's quiet and you can either use the stand or attach it to the cage wall.

u/thief90k · 1 pointr/hamsters

I recommend this wheel. It comes in small, medium or large. My Syrian has a medium, though I think he'll grow out of it. I think small should be fine for a dwarf though.

u/Vitensby · 1 pointr/hamsters

My Syrian hamster has been very happy in this cage for the entire first year of his life so far. After a few days of exploratory climbing he has not once chewed on his bars or ever acted stressed because he wants out of his home.

30.5 x 8.5 x 18.5 inches:

I recommend purchasing a Wodent Wheel 11inch

and Flying Saucer 12 inches :

Bathing and Natural Nail Trimming:
Also pick up some flat Reptile Rocks for underneath his water bottle so he will trim his nails naturally and a large ceramic bowl (needs to be deep not so much wide) filled with Repti Sand Desert White (No Calcium)

My hamster is a fan of these Apple Orchard sticks for teeth filing though his lab blocks are semi hard and also good for dental health trimming.

After you get those things pick up this item as a natural grass burrow for him to sleep in and clean his cage once every week. Plastic burrow are just awful for air circulation, and my hamster never liked them at all when i didnt know any better.

For food I feed my hamster Higgins Sunburst and Kaytee Forti Diet Lab blocks everyday with fresh fruit and veggies every two days. Remember your hamster stomach is the size of your pinky finger nail so portion small. He loves 3-4 lab blocks a day with a small spoonful of nuts, seeds and fruit from the Higgins. Remember though 3 Sunflower Seeds max a day or they will get fat and unhealthy.

Looks like this but for Hamster not rat and mice:

For bedding you want UNSCENTED (it messes with their respiratory system if its scented) this Kaytee Clean and Cozy is what I use. Absorbs liquid good and keeps the smell down if its close to cleaning day.

and last but not least. Buy TWO water bottles in case one of them jams overnight you DO NOT want your hamster to suffer from dehydration. They do not need much water, but when they need it, they need it fast or will get sick quick. The kaytee water bottles have issues with the spout pointing straight so buyer beware. They often dont align properly into the cage bars. But they do work and dont leak for me. Stick with GLASS water bottles, it just tastes better honestly. 6 ounces if you will change the water daily. 12 ounces if you are not as attentive.

It seems like a lot of money at first and it is but this hamster will be your new furry friend and relies on only you to care for it, so give it the best and longest life possible. You will have one happy hamster if you get all that and will never need to upgrade anything when your Syrian grows bigger.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/Pets

Do you have a wheel for her to run on? Hamsters love to run on the wheel. When I had one, he ran ever night. Something like this works just fine, and is better then one with bars. You don't want to risk her feet getting hurt.

We also found that cut up baby carrots helped keep the chewing down. Is the wood block flavored? We had better luck with flavored ones then we did with a plain one.

u/LadyVanya · 1 pointr/PetBehavior

The cat sounds like it's bored and has pent up energy. Pets are like little toddlers: If you dont entertain them, they will do it themselves and it can be destructive at times. Here are some things you can help redirect and expand say energy:


Perches/things to climb/scratch

These are just some ideas. Also go to your local pet store. If the cat doesn't like the new toy, usually they will let you return the toy for a full refund.

u/garbagepilequeen · 1 pointr/hamsters

I’ve had my wooden wheel for a couple weeks now and it’s still been super quite. It worked well with my all natural theme.

If you like plastic more, there’s also the silent runner which I have heard rave reviews but haven’t used myself. If you have a smaller hamster, the 9’ should do just fine, but you may need the 12’ to make sure he’s running safely.

I’m sorry to hear about your silent spinner! Hope this helps.

u/kerboai · 1 pointr/hamsters

Kaytee Comfort Exercise Wheel, 8.5", Large

u/Schierke · 1 pointr/RATS

Size might be okay -- a 12" wheel is supposed to be okay for average-sized rats, so I'd imagine a wheel as small as 6-8" could be fine for a dwarf. I agree about the design with holes though. Solid plastic like the Silent Spinner or Wodent Wheel is safer.

u/Firemex · 1 pointr/Denmark

Så må du bestille et nyt, når nu du ikke kan administrere dit hamsters hjul. Kan fås billigt på Amazon. Her, prøv den her:

Den er tilmed lydløs, så det ikke irriterer nogen. Fiksts.

u/knightfallzx2 · 1 pointr/hamsters

I have. $102 CAD at before shipping!

Apparently my best option is to just contact the manufacturer, which I've done and am awaiting a response.

u/suck_the_mummies · 1 pointr/PetMice

This is what I get for my girls: ebay listing. It's vegetarian so it helps their cage not smell so quickly!

I'd also recommend this wheel if theirs ever becomes too noisy: amazon page

u/georgethecurious · 1 pointr/gerbil


I buy practically everything on Amazon and these would be my top recommendations:

Hidey Hut - this is large enough to fit two grown gerbils and my first survived the chewing for close to 4 years.

Small Animal Pet Playpen/Exercise Pen - this is just tall enough for the jumpers. I've still had some be able to reach the top but it is a struggle and you'd be able to catch them in time. Really sturdy as well.

Kordon/Oasis (Novalek) SOA80304 Bell Bottle and Hold Guard Small Animal Value Set, 4-Ounce - this is by far my favorite recommendation of the bunch. I cannot tell you how many water bottles were just destroyed and I would come home to an empty bottle and a very wet gerbil. This thing is impenetrable!

Kaytee Hamster Silent Spinner, 6 1/2 inch Exercise Wheel - although I've had to buy a couple of these (they will chew the yellow part holding the bottom part to the wheel) I find that this is the sturdiest of them all. It becomes less silent the more they chew on it and push it around but it's never been loud enough to be considered especially annoying.

Great for cleaning cage and is safe

As far as dust baths go, I've tried several different kinds and find them all to be equivalent.

Would not recommend:

Ware Manufacturing Flying Saucer Exercise Wheel for Small Pet - the quality is fine here but if you are using carefresh, it gets buried and doesn't allow any give for it to spin.

Kaytee Woodland Get-A-Way Medium Hamster House - quality here is also fine and it's pretty thick so it would take a while to get them to chew. Since it is wood, it absorbs liquids. My gerbils would pee on it and it got to the point that it looked moldy and unhealthy so I just threw it out.

Alfie Pet by Petoga Couture - GARI Wood Hut for Small Animals like Dwarf Hamster and Mouse - Size: Large - this is the cutest little home I've ever seen. I had to eventually throw out though because the wood was so thin that the back wall collapsed due to their chewing and would no longer stand up.

Prevue Pet Products Multi-Color Small Pet Playpen 40090 - I think the quality is here too. It's just too short. My gerbils were easily able to escape this.

GreatChoice Water Bottle - chewed through in a week and Same

u/TheRabbitUnderTheBed · 1 pointr/gerbil

This is the wheel that he has so he could probably use a bigger one.

It seems easy to spin at least to me.

When he was in his temporary cage he had a wheel attached to it that he ran in so could he have just lost interest?

The reason I'm worried is because he does not get enough exercise and is a bit overweight now.

u/AllensWoodies · 1 pointr/gerbil

[This] ( is the best type of wheel. If you have a different type, there could be several problems. For example, their tails can get caught in a metal wheel, and they can get sick from chewing on the plastic of a thinner wheel. I recommend getting the type above if you can because it is deeper in the bottom which will help the gerbils from slipping out. Keep in mind that there could be other things going on too which are making your gerbil grumpy. Gerbils love to claim items as their own. Perhaps the grumpy gerbil rubbed her scent on the wheel and is angry that you didn't respect her territory.
Edit: link

u/Skrilmaufive · 1 pointr/chinchilla

Since no one has answered I'll chime in. Every wheel is gonna be noisy. You're gonna have to accept that. Even the quietest metal wheel will be loud because of their little footsteps and the rattling of the cage.

I just recently got one of these

And I'm very happy with it. It's a great value. Very smooth rotation and little noise.

u/infectedcake · 1 pointr/hamsters

I hope you are able to find something soon. I see a lot of people using this wheel, but it’s pretty pricey. While I can’t say for certain that it’s quiet, the reviews seem to think it is and it’s called a silent runner, lol. I would for sure check out petsmart for bedding, I know the prices aren’t the same here and in Canada but their website price has to be cheaper than amazons aspen.

u/JLMc80 · 1 pointr/Hedgehog

The 8.5 " is likely too small to run comfortably for a growing hedgie as the spoke in the middle of this model makes them arch their back. I had the smaller one, too, but then got this one:
Kaytee Chinchilla Giant Comfort Exercise Wheel, Colors Vary

It's a 12" diameter and stands about 14" tall when on the base but can also be attached to a cage.

u/Gingin35 · 1 pointr/gerbil

I use this:

Suncoast Sugar Gliders Wodent...

Yes it says it's for sugar gliders but my two girls love it and can easily run on it, unless there is bedding underneath so we usually have to put the wheel down first and then fill tank with bedding but they use it just fine! & I like it also

u/m00nf1r3 · 1 pointr/hamsters

I ordered this and it's super quiet, and easy to clean.

u/CincinnatiCobra · 1 pointr/Hedgehog

I wasn't sure about that wheel even though it was listed as a viable option on the list I was using. It does seem like it would take up more space in the habitat than a Comfort Wheel (this right?).

u/washichiisai · 1 pointr/Pets

She is a dumbo!

I haven't played or done much more than get the girls food since about Wednesday last week (with Thanksgiving and being sick myself .... ). It is possible that she's had this for a couple of days. I think I would have noticed her limping before last night, and the bald spot is decently large, but it is possible that she had the problems for a day or so before I noticed.

I did a basic check last night and I was going to do a more in depth one now (since now it's light outside and I can see a bit better anyway). I didn't see any signs of mites or fleas last night, however (and the others aren't showing any signs of them), and only a couple of scratches that are healing and that I was aware of.

This is the cage, or pretty close to it (some things are moved around or different - I bought a different wheel and last night the "tightrope" was more like a U or a swing - they rarely bother doing anything regarding it anyway). The idea that she fell isn't far off - she often jumps from the lower of the two hammocks to the top-most balcony, and she doesn't always make it. Also, the flooring isn't ideal (I'm working on changing that) - being 1/2" square mesh, but it doesn't quite seem small enough for her to get her arm stuck in.

The last time I fixed up the cage was a week and a half ago (and it needs it again, I've been putting it off). Usually when I do that I tend to breakdown everything and clean it with this stuff. I haven't used a bleach solution since I first put the cage and girls together - back in March.

I wouldn't be surprised if she got into a fight. One of the other girls - Anise - often beats on Moe when she gets hormonal (so every couple of days), and I've definitely seen her aggressively "grooming" that spot on Moe's neck after a tiff.

u/InTheFrayJay · 1 pointr/aww
u/fireproofheart · 1 pointr/gerbil

Looks very nice! As others have said, change over to a solid wheel as soon as you can. This wheel here is very affordable: it’s noisy but if you wrap a bit of twine/cotton string around the axle, it’s pretty quiet. Small modification is worth it for the price!

u/dspatola · 1 pointr/hamsters
u/FrolicMeToHell · 1 pointr/hamsters

I used to have the same cage as you before I upgraded to a bin cage - a 12 or 13 inch wheel fits in fine, I have a free-standing one from amazon

u/Nimphaise · 1 pointr/RATS

That’s the amazon link, Luna taught herself how to run as soon as she saw it and has not stopped! My baby also runs every now and then. The other two are not interested at all. It’s audible but not horribly loud. My roommate thought it was running water, if that helps

u/emmrolled · 1 pointr/RATS

I have this and it works well for my smallest and largest ratties. I'd just go with the 12", it will put less curve and pressure on their backs. I just put a little olive oil on the axis and it's silent.

u/ryanme321 · 1 pointr/PetMice

I bought a silent spinner wheel because i thought "hey it wont make a tonne of noise" (their cage is in my bedroom) however it STANK, as its plastic and has concave. And since my mice love their wheel so much they spend 90% of their time on it. Which bring 90% of the poop....

I swapped it for a wire mesh wheel, I realise bumble foot can be an issue however from what i understand thats caused by the feet being rubbed on the metal bars and the bacteria that live in poop get in the disturbed skin.

The paint does keep it as a smooth surface and for how cheap these wheels are replacing it once a year is just easier and cleaner for me. I wash it with their tank once a week too to ensure that it is clean.

Also a mesh wheel is safer as one of my mice doesn't keep up and a plastic wheel results in her falling on her back from the top of the wheel, as she cant hold on. But with a mesh one she can :) and she cant hurt herself on it.

Also I saw that icaruscottontail suggested that they only have it during supervised exercise times. I dont think this is not a good idea, if your mice are like mine they love to run at night 11pm-5am mainly, and i found they run up to 8km a NIGHT, if they only get a few hours when your awake they are unlikely to use it or use it as much as they would want to otherwise.

u/pennyraingoose · 1 pointr/PetMice

That's too bad. This is about as close I can find to the ones I used. If you can't find one, plastic will also work but will need to be cleaned more often. You may also be able to weave some jute twine through the bars of your wheel to close the gaps.

e: formatting

u/chibicyber · 1 pointr/chinchilla

I'm not sure if you're trying to get a special customized wheel, but I got the basic kaytee silent spinner wheel and my babies love it. And it's actually pretty silent. Durable, easy to install on the standard cage.

How do I insert photos here?
well anyways, here's my chin Pookah enjoying hers :)

u/19times · 1 pointr/hamsters

ah okay, best to stay away from them then. i'm assuming based on that that he's a robo? i had this: wheel, that while big, worked well for my campbell's dwarf. but if nibbles is very tiny then i'd be a little worried about his ability to get it moving

u/DJAlpacas · 1 pointr/hamsters

I brought this wheel here - - would definitely recommend, its so quite all you can hear is the pitter patter of hamster feet

u/stoopitos · 1 pointr/hamstercare

I love this set-up and you are doing a great job of giving your hamster some space! This is the wheel I have for my hamster: , and he loves it. Just a side note, you might want to attach some cardboard our something to the grated ramp. Hamsters feet can slip through the holes and get injured! Hope this helps.

u/Leedstc · 1 pointr/Hedgehogs

They need a wheel in their tank to run in which MUST be a closed face wheel, not the open wire mesh type.

That's the one we got, the 30.5cm version and he runs on it all the time.

u/samson55430 · 1 pointr/hamsters

I use this for my hammy, she's a robo and runs nearly 24/7. You can also get them at Petco for pretty cheap, and they are nearly silent.

u/bhamgeo · 1 pointr/hamsters

That is a link from a /hamsters post a day or two ago, might find more silent spinner type options there if you don't go with kaytee brand (kaytee doesn't have amazing size options).

Otherwise there are tutorials for building your own wheel, or you can go for a wire mesh or something "wodent wheel" like, like:

Edits: my links are just examples, not endorsements. And, if you're worried about noise, either go by reviews, or get a wheel that gives you access to the axle so you can lube it up.

***Go to a local pet store and check out their wheels. For instance, a jump from 8-12 via kaytee silent spinners is quite huge. Not saying bigger than 8 wouldn't be great though :)

Edit 2: just realized you meant this in response to the person who responded to your other comment.

u/cbiscut · 1 pointr/Hedgehog

Not to be a jerk, but on the subreddit information bar there is the 'care' section with Basic Care, Example Cages, Diet Basics, and Commercial Food Discussion that should get you started.

You'll want to read through What to expect from your hedgehog and ask your breeder what they use/recommend and where they get it from. If you're going through a pet store you'll likely get little to no information worth having.

For a basic run-down I'd recommend:

  • Non-Pill Fleece

  • A safe cage or Plastic Tote of pretty decent size (discard the lid).

  • A food and water dish Some prefer water bottles, DO NOT GET A SPRING-LOADED BALL STYLE WATER BOTTLE! If you're not sure if it's spring loaded, tilt it back. If the ball rolls down the tube you're good to go.

  • A solid wheel

  • Heat management with Thermostat

  • and an Igloo or other hidey-hole home.

    Please note that these are bare minimums and are the easiest to find, but not necessarily the best options. You might find your hedgie is an explorer and needs a bit more room, or you want to litter train your hedgie and you'll need some litter and a corner pan (please read up as hedgies have their own requirements for litter). You might find your hedgie is a runner and needs a Carolina Storm Wheel. Maybe your hedgie is a digger and fleece isn't going to work out (diggers tend to wreck their cages and flip food bowls if you're using fleece liners). You'll need treats, food, and make sure you have a vet that works with hedgehogs within an acceptable driving distance.

    For my hedgie's room in the winter I use something like this. So I can make sure the room stays at 72 at all times.

    Best of luck to you and your new hedgie. Once you get everything set up they're pretty low-maintenance, but if you don't start out right you'll risk your pet's health in the long run.
u/plopo · 1 pointr/Pets

I had a hamster in college. He didn't take up a lot of space, and I could just put him in the ball when I cleaned his cage. Definitely filled the void left from leaving my parents' dog. I'd recommend rats over hamsters, though. They don't take up too much space and are much more social. Either way, I highly recommend rodents as opposed to crabs. I loved having a warm, furry buddy to snuggle with when I was feeling blue.

Word to the wise - get a silent spinner wheel if you have roommates and/or plan on keeping the rodent in your bedroom.

u/wallyTHEgecko · 0 pointsr/CasualConversation

As a petsmart employee myself, I see both sides. I absolutely understand wanting the best for your pets and wanting to get the biggest cages (I've been reported and complained about several times for refusing sales to people with too small cages/tanks), but there's also the matter of practicality. And sometimes pet store people really have no idea what they're talking about, but most of us anyway, we do actually spend a lot time working with the animals and hearing about people's problems and usually caring for our own pets as well, so please don't discredit the pet store people immediately.

In your mom's and the employees' defense, a 40 gallon tank would be a huge pain in the ass to clean. They're big, they're bulky, they're heavy. I can awkwardly manhandle an empty 40 gallon a short distance, but for my smaller coworkers, a 40 gallon tank requires a team lift. Any glass tank is harder to clean than the plastic ones, but in your defense, even the biggest plastic hamster cages are a bit small. Manhandling a 40 gallon might not seem so bad now, but a year from now when the cage needs cleaned and you're tired and just want to get it over with, you'd be wishing you had something smaller. So something like a 20 long is a really good compromise.

The wheels are always a debate among people that actually do any research. To me, too small just looks unnatural and uncomfortable. Too big and it can have so much momentum that when the hamster stops running, they get flung clear across the cage and into the wall. It's kinda funny to watch, but probably isn't the best to have happen every time they go for a run. Although we haven't gotten them in store, those spinning saucers have been getting popular and might be something to look into. Something like this.

It sounds like you ended up with a pretty decent cage that'll be more manageable when you have to do any work on it. And if you're that interested and excited in your pet's care, you'll be able to provide all the best food and bedding and attention which is really what I think makes the best pet owner. I think you'll still have a very happy hamster.