What is the purpose of a small pet exercise wheel?
Choosing the accurate pet exercise wheel for your exotic animal, sometimes could be complex if you don’t know what is the best for each pet. Small cage pets, sometimes known as pocket pets because of their diminutive size, are often high-energy rodents. Confined to a much smaller area than they would enjoy naturally, they need something to do to keep them occupied and to let them burn off energy. For a good analogy, imagine a human toddler confined to a playpen. Any parent can tell you that attempting to do so will result in tears, tantrums, and efforts to escape.
You will get similar results when confining mice, gerbils, rats, hamsters, and similar creatures to a cage. For your pocket pets mental health and general well-being, exercise wheels, exercise saucers, and – for the few species that cannot use a wheel – exercise pens or even a leash, will help create opportunities for your tiny furballs to stretch their legs and work off some energy.
Chinchilla Exercise Wheel, can use it?
Chinchilla exercise wheel: Chinchillas are large and delicate, therefore they need a special exercise wheel that is big enough for them to get in and out without bending their backs or getting caught in an entryway. Wheels designed for chinchillas pets are solid (not wire), and strongly resemble a cake tin turned on its side. A better choice for chinchillas is an exercise saucer because they can get on and off it with minimal stress to their backs. If you select a pet exercise wheel, an adult chinchilla needs a 15” wheel to avoid arching its back while using it.
What are the best pet exercise wheels for Hamsters?
Hamsters love to run and they are small enough that they do not require special exercise wheels for hamsters, but some might prefer different sorts of wheels. Options include metal mesh, grooved plastic, standard mill-wheel style, and saucers. A particularly nice sort of wheel is made of natural wood. A set of these is available in graduated sizes, and has the added advantage of not adding more plastic waste to the world after the wheel is worn out.
What is the best silent exercise wheel for hamsters?
Look for a well-designed silent exercise wheel that does not rattle or whir. Hamsters are nocturnal, and a hamster running on a wheel that wobbles or rattles can keep the whole household awake at night! One excellent choice is the Wodent Exercise Wheel. It is designed without a central post, which reduces the risk of your furry friend getting paws, fur, or tail caught while enjoying a good run. The sturdy, ball-bearing construction allows smooth movement without the annoying squeak that so often occurs with hamster exercise wheels. Other brands that offer 8-inch hamster wheels or 10-inch hamster wheels that are advertised as quiet are the Niteangel Super Silent, Kaytee Silent Spinner, or the Galapara Silent spinner.
What is the flying saucer wheels for Hamsters?
Flying saucer wheels for hamsters, or flying saucer pet exercisers are a wide cone shape, rather than wheel or cake-pan shaped. The inner side of the cone has treads that allow the motion of your fur-friends feet to move the cone, rotating it in a manner similar to the way a wheel is moved. They are available in stainless steel or in plastic. The advantage to the plastic is its lightweight and the variety of bright colors.
Can sugar gliders use a pet exercise wheel?
Sugar gliders not only can but should use a pet exercise wheel. However, they require a specially designed sugar glider wheel. Ordinary pet store wheels are not a good substitute. A proper wheel for a sugar glider should have all the bearings and hanging devices on the outside of the wheel, with nothing on which your glider can get his tail fur caught. A small section of the wheel should have a rough “nail trimming” paper, which will help keep his toenails healthy.
Because sugar gliders tend to hop or bounce rather than run in their wheel, they need something that is extra sturdy. Sugar glider wheels are available in plastic or stainless steel. Although the plastic is cheaper, the stainless steel exercise wheels will last longer.
In addition to an exercise wheel, these high-energy little creatures will benefit from a roomy cage with plenty of toys and places to explore.
Can Guinea Pigs use an exercise wheel?
No, guinea pigs cannot use an exercise wheel. Their backs are not made to bend in that direction. Placing them in an exercise wheel or exercise ball can cause serious spinal injuries. Instead, they should have an exercise pen in which they can be placed, under supervision, for about an hour each day. A wide, flat cage will work better for them than a tall one because it will give room for cardboard or wooden tunnels (make sure they are large enough for you guinea pig to fit through easily). Shoe boxes, cardboard tubes, and similar items will help keep them amused. Something they can have is a puzzle treat ball or tube where they will have to roll it around to get at the goodies inside.
While it might not seem like exercise, they need plenty of good, timothy hay to eat, as well as chew logs and chew toys. Their teeth grow continuously throughout their lives. Chew toys and fibrous foods are essential for keeping their teeth worn down to a reasonable length.
One more time, just to be sure you know, there is no such thing as a guinea pig exercise wheel. Any toy which would cause them to attempt to bend backward would injure their spine.
Pets that will have difficulty with an exercise wheel
Pets that might have difficulty with an exercise wheel include (but are not limited to) chinchillas, sugar gliders, rabbits, ferrets, and guinea pigs (sometimes known as cavies).
Chinchillas can use specially designed large exercise wheels but will do better with an exercise saucer because there is less of a chance that they might get stuck getting in or out of the wheel.
Sugar gliders need a wheel but require one that is specially designed for them because they will hop and bounce inside the wheel, rather than running on it. In addition, they need to have a rough patch, similar to a nail file for humans that will help them keep their nails trimmed.
Rabbits and guinea pigs have spines that are not designed to arch backward, therefore an exercise wheel or ball is likely to cause spinal injury. Even if it does not lead to immediate health problems, they are likely to develop at some point in your pets’ life.
Ferrets are built more or less like a furry slinky toy that only bends in one direction. Therefore, like rabbits and guinea pigs, balls and pet exercise wheels can cause injury to their spines. A well-socialized ferret is a curious, busy, sociable creature that will enjoy running around in your house. If your rooms are sufficiently sealed to prevent your furry friend from going exploring in places you cannot reach, your ferret will love to share space and time with you. If you are not confident of your home’s security, a ferret playpen with lots of ferret toys is a good choice. These best exotic pets love tunneling, so a long tunnel or a short crinkle tube will delight your ferret.