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Old 01-11-2018, 05:46 PM   #1
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Unhappy Bambi has stopped using his wheel.. :(

for last week or so Bambi hasn't been on his wheel at all I know because I put some substrate on the top of the wheel and it hasn't moved.
He's only just turned one so he's not that old and he hasn't been slowing down at all. He had been using his wheel regularly and then he just stopped for no reason.

I checked his legs and feet and he seems fine he's still running around and climbing on things both when he's in his cage and when I take him out for play time. I also checked his nails because I Know it can be painful for hamsters if they get too long or too short but they seem fine as well.

He's eating and drinking normally and other than the fact that he no longer is using his wheel he seems to be acting completely normal.
I don't understand why he won't use his wheel? I've checked it and it works fine. I'm really worried since he used to love his wheel - he used to run on it all night and they he just very suddenly stopped using it all together?
My mum said that maybe he's stopped using it because he's cold, however I doubt that this is the reason why because he's still been out playing in his sand and with his other toys.

I don't know what to do ?
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Old 01-11-2018, 10:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: Bambi has stopped using his wheel.. :(

That does sound a bit unusual, had you cleaned the wheel before this happened or anything else changed?
Which wheel do you have?
As long as he's still active & healthy I wouldn't worry too much though.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:44 AM   #3
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Default Re: Bambi has stopped using his wheel.. :(

He has a flying saurcer wheel because he wont use an upright wheel. I hadn't recently cleaned the wheel or changed anything in the cage.
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:26 PM   #4
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Default Re: Bambi has stopped using his wheel.. :(

It's very unusual for them not to use an upright wheel, which wheels did you try?
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Old 01-15-2018, 02:30 PM   #5
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Default Re: Bambi has stopped using his wheel.. :(

I have had the same problem with my Syrian. I even bought a degu sized wheel for her, it's massive! She occasionally will run for 2 minutes then that's the end of that! I had another Syrian who stopped using his wheel, but this was due to old age. They do become less active after around 18 months, more so in the winter. How old is he?
I am yet to work out why my hamster stopped using her wheel 6 months ago! She is just a lazy bones I think, as there is nothing physically wrong with her. How big is the saucer? And how big is your hamster?
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Old 01-16-2018, 03:18 PM   #6
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Default Re: Bambi has stopped using his wheel.. :(

So a few days ago I ordered him a upright wheel since he wouldn't use the one he has just went to put it in his cage and I found him running on his flying saucer I SWEAR he does stuff like this to me on purpose I think he enjoys worrying me At least he's using a wheel again though, panic over I guess.
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