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Hamster Wheel Review

Wheels will always be a controversial subject when it comes to "toys" in a hamster's cage but a young hamster does enjoy a wheel. In this article we hope to compile a list of the many different options available. This will likely be always an ongoing list, forever being updated. The wheels are listed in no particular order.

If you have a hamster wheel you would like to see listed please contact us and suggest it!

The solid plastic type is safer, the larger and wider the better. Wheels can be a problem with long-haired hamsters, as the hair catches around the spindle and can be pulled out. Keep an eye on your hamster and its wheel, if you see it marking the fur or if it is a big hamster and its back is really bent when running on the wheel, tie the wheel so it cannot move, or remove it from the cage. If the hamsters back is bending try a larger sized wheel.

The spoked type can lead to problems with legs slipping and breaking and plastic spoked wheels do tend to be chewed and then they drop off the spindle. A little trick to try on this type of wheel is to fix some cardboard around the outside of the wheel - the legs can no longer slip through but the hamster can get a grip on the spokes.

Remember Dwarf hamsters love wheels too! Some will run with a cage mate, but it is often best to provide a wheel per hamster. Most dwarfs can easily turn a syrian sized wheel, the smaller heights though do allow you to keep them in low homes (like underbed storage boxes.) Flying saucers (see below) are also good for this.

 

Flying Saucer Medium

Flying saucer med

Size: 16.5cm

Features: Quiet running. Unique design and angle helps to prevent backs bending. Suitable for most syrians when similar size wheels are not. Some Syrians easily turn saucer over and just clamber over it!

 

Flying Saucer Small

Flying saucer small

Size: 12.5cm

Features: Quiet running. Unique design and angle helps to prevent backs bending. Suitable for dwarfs.

 

Flying Saucer Large

Flying saucer large

Size: 30.5cm

Features: Quiet running. Unique design and angle helps to prevent backs bending. Large size great for all hamsters (or pairs of dwarfs). Less likely to be turned over easily by a Syrian

 

Karlie Wonderland Bogie Wheel Medium

Karlie wooden wheel med

Size: 20cm

Features: Made from natural materials. Allows safe chewing. Solid design. Suitable for most syrians.

 

Karlie Wonderland Bogie Wheel Large

Karlie wooden wheel large

Size: 29cm

Features: Made from natural materials. Allows safe chewing. Solid design. Good size for syrians. May be too large for some hamster homes

 

Karlie Wonderland Bogie Wheel Small

Karlie wooden wheel small

Size: 15cm

Features: Made from natural materials. Allows safe chewing. Solid design. Suitable for mainly Dwarfs.

 

Silent Spinner Medium

silent spinner med

Size: 16.5cm

Features: Quiet running, use freestanding or clipped to a wire cage. Solid design. May be too small for many syrian hamsters. Some develop a clacking/rumbling noise from the two plastic parts knocking together. This is fixed with a bit of superglue/sealant.


Silent Spinner Large

silent spinner large

Size: 30cm

Features: Quiet running, use freestanding or clipped to a wire cage. Solid design. May be too large for some hamster homes. Some develop a clacking/rumbling noise from the two plastic parts knocking together. This is fixed with a bit of superglue/sealant.

 

Silent Spinner Mini

silent spinner mini

Size: 11.5cm

Features: Quiet running, use freestanding or clipped to a wire cage. Solid design.Suitable for some Dwarf species only! Some develop a clacking/rumbling noise from the two plastic parts knocking together. This is fixed with a bit of superglue/sealant.

 

Comfort Wheel Large

comfort wheel large

Size: 22cm

Features: Use freestanding or clipped to a wire cage, good size for syrians. Easily chewed spindle. Spindle can creak while hamster is running. A little olive oil on it internally can help.

 

Comfort Wheel Giant

comfort wheel giant

Size: 30cm

Features: Use freestanding or clipped to a wire cage. Solid design. Good size for syrians. May be too large for some hamster homes. Easily chewed spindle. Spindle can creak while hamster is running. A little olive oil on it internally can help.

 

Trixie Wheel Large

trixie large

Size: 28cm

Features: Use freestanding or clipped to a wire cage. Solid design. Good size for syrians. May be too large for some hamster homes. Entrance hole design

 

Trixie Wheel Small

trixie small

Size: 20cm

Features: Use freestanding or clipped to a wire cage. Solid design. Suitable for most syrians. Entrance hole design


Rolly Jumbo Wheel

rolly jumbo

Size: 18cm

Features: Use freestanding or clipped to a wire cage. Size suitable for many syrians. Easily chewed spindle pin. Spindle can creak while hamster is running. A little olive oil on it internally can help.


Rolly Wheel

rolly wheel

Size: 14cm

Features: Use freestanding or clipped to a wire cage. Size suitable for mainly Dwarfs. Easily chewed spindle pin. Spindle can creak while hamster is running. A little olive oil on it internally can help.

 

 

 

by A. Workman © 2014

 

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