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Old 03-11-2019, 10:28 AM   #1
Ashley Ash
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Default Urgent! Need your opinion for a wheel!

Hi everyone,I’m thinking of getting a wheel for my hammy but I’m not quite sure if the wheel is safe and comfortable for our little friend hammy. So I need everyone opinion for this http://https://www.amazon.com/Petzilla-Hamster-Exercise-Sunflower-Design/dp/B01M19B1FZ wheel. Pls reply to this if you see this thread.
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Old 03-11-2019, 04:48 PM   #2
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Default Re: Urgent! Need your opinion for a wheel!

I wouldn't get it. Is it for a Syrian or dwarf hamster? If it's for a Syrian (Teddy bear) hamster it's too small. Also the way it's made there are little gaps/wood slats in the running track that toes can get caught in. It is probably cheaply made and would fall apart in no time. There are much better options.

If you're in the US, exotic nutrition sell wodent wheels and Silent "Runners" (not silent "Spinners" which aren't silent and don't spin that well).

For a dwarf hamster the 8" wodent wheel or 9" Silent Runner is good. For a Syrian hamster the 11" Wodent wheel or 12" Silent runner is good. The Amazon site you linked does sell both those wheels but at rather expensive prices - they are much cheaper from Exotic nutrition (I'll link them below). Both these wheels are tried and tested and safe. Both have good smooth running tracks. The Silent runner is silent (it has ball bearings) and spins really well and has a very safe sturdy stand - it can also be mounted on cage bars with a separate attachment.

https://www.exoticnutrition.com/Prod...-11__WW11.aspx

https://www.exoticnutrition.com/Prod...el-8__WW8.aspx

https://www.exoticnutrition.com/Prod...r)__43673.aspx

https://www.exoticnutrition.com/Prod...9__436722.aspx

The other wheel that is popular in the US and safe is the 10" Carolina Storm wheel - but that is quite expensive and the other two are just fine.
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Old 03-11-2019, 10:42 PM   #3
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Default Re: Urgent! Need your opinion for a wheel!

Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately I donít live in the US,another wheel that Iím getting is currently out of stock,and it has been unavailable for months. I will go to the nearest store and see if the wheels are available. Iím not getting the wheel that I linked you to so donít worry. I already knew that the wheel looks fragile thatís why i wanted to double confirm in this forum.
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Old 03-12-2019, 06:06 AM   #4
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Oh sorry. Which country are you in? If it is difficult to find good wheels where you are then you just have to do the best you can - but the worst kind are the mesh ones - they are so dangerous - so many places feet and legs could get trapped.

If you couldn't find anything else than that one you linked isn't too bad - if it's the right size for the hamster. And just check the wood over for splinters eg. I am a bit concerned that, when the photo is enlarged, you can see the gaps where the back joins the running track and maybe the odd gap between the slats and running track - ie a toe could get caught. But it could be fine or you could doctor it a bit.

Or you could make one - there are a number of tutorials about how to make a bucket wheel like the Carolina storm wheel With a plastic cake "pan" and an old pc hard drive centre for ball bearings.
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Old 03-12-2019, 09:15 AM   #5
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Aaa you are such a kind person! ❤️ Thank you so much for the great advices! But good news is one of my family member coincidentally went to the store today and checked that they have stocks available for the wheels which I have been using for months. It’s large enough for my dwarf hamsters and don’t worry I have checked their backs weren’t arching. They have used it for such a long time and it’s totally safe. No furs were trapped bc there aren’t any loose gaps. I wanted to get this wheel for another of my hammy bc I have been trying to get the same size of the wheel for quite a long time but they are out of stocks everywhere! But luckily I finally got it today! You can see the design here. But mine has a slightly shorter height. http://www.amazon.com/Be-Good-Exerci.../dp/B07353RYLD Although it’s not perfect as the ones you recommend me as it’s extremely pricey and hard to get those designs. My hamster has been using the one I linked you to since forever and I can guarantee they are safe. I’m not an irresponsible owner,trust me.

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Looks fine
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