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Old 01-30-2021, 09:32 AM   #51
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I cannot find where I talked about this before, but Comet was using the pets at home wheel (which I didn't like). He could still fall out of it flinging himself around. I tried him with the wheel Ria recommends, but it was even worse, so I gave him back the pets at home one.

When I first got him I tried him on the 9 inch silent runner, but he couldn't/wouldn't use it.

Anyway after asking people on Instagram, I decided a bigger wheel had to be the way to go, so I tried him with a 12 inch Trixie wheel, which he just ignored and went and hung out in his tree (see previous posts).

So, last night I tried again with the 9 inch silent runner and oh my goodness he is not off the wheel now, never seen him use a wheel like he was doing last night - i really fell awful about it, but at least it's all sorted now and he can't possibly fling himself right round in it.

So, if you ever have an issue where your hamster is flinging itself around in its wheel and flying out, try a bigger and/or slightly heavier wheel, it may just work.

Comet the Robo on his 9inch Silent Runner Wheel. - YouTube

My conclusion is that he must have been still too small to use it when he first arrived as he was only 19g then and now he is about 34g.
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Old 01-30-2021, 09:57 AM   #52
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A hamster dozing in a tree! Wonderful. I love that.

Glad Comet found his paws in the silent runner. That's a good point. His now weight made all the difference.
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Old 01-30-2021, 10:58 AM   #53
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Great video. Yes he was maybe a bit small for it at first. I think a 9” wheel is good for a Robo. Nugget had the Rodipet 9” open one from the start. And could run well in it. Yes he used to leap out while it was spinning but he stopped doing that quite quickly. It is worrying when they do that. I went with an open wheel as I was worried he might try to jump out while the silent runner was spinning and get caught in the holes or something. But in the end most 8” or 9” wheels are fine once they get the hang of wheeling. Nugget also had a flying saucer which he loved and used both that and his wheel.
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Old 01-30-2021, 01:35 PM   #54
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I do love his whiskers! Very impressive Comet
Good to see him enjoying his silent runner now too.
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