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Old 08-10-2011, 08:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Hedgie won't run on new wheel! Any tips?

Well, about a week or so ago I bought Sonic a bigger and better wheel.
I had a Silent Spinner before, and she really liked it, even though I bought one that was a little too small.
But after finding out that it's a potentially dangerous wheel, I decided to buy her a Comfort Wheel. I even got a bigger size for her then her Silent Spinner.

But I haven't seen her run on it at all! >__<
And there really isn't evidence that she has run on it at all.
I even tried putting some kibbles on it so she'll get on it, but they're still there and the wheel is still untouched.

What should I do so she'll run on it?
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Some methods people have tried:

1) Block your hedgehog in the wheel so they are force to pace back and forth and they start to realize what the wheel is for since its different.

2) Rock it slowly back and forth with them on it sometimes that helps them understand its for running.

3) Sprinkle flour lightly on the wheel and check in the morning to see if its used

On a side note make sure you weigh down or directly attach the wheel to the cage if possible, I hope you got the 12" so when your hedgehog is fully grown they will be comfortable in it without the middle part touching their back.

If you can't attach it directly to the cage then you will want it weight as those types of wheels can tip over on a hedgehog if I am not mistaken
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Hazel had a crappy steel mesh type wheel half the size she needed (I don't even know how she fit in the thing) so the proper bucket wheel was totally new to her. I put a little scrambled egg in a few times back far enough that she had to step in to reach it and before I knew it she loved the wheel
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Hazel had a crappy steel mesh type wheel half the size she needed (I don't even know how she fit in the thing) so the proper bucket wheel was totally new to her. I put a little scrambled egg in a few times back far enough that she had to step in to reach it and before I knew it she loved the wheel
Maybe she loved it because she thought it would give her free scrambled eggs?
I'll try this method, though.
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Maybe because she thought it would give her free scrambled eggs?
I'll try this method, though.
hahaha...yes maybe like a scrambled egg dispenser Another thought is you could have a clean hedgie like mine. She had used her wheel first night for sure cause I had to clean it and then nothing for days which inspired the scrambled egg plan....I didn't know she was using it because she jumps off to poop if possible I never actually saw her use it until I put a security camera in her cage and realized she's a clean freak.
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hahaha...yes maybe like a scrambled egg dispenser Another thought is you could have a clean hedgie like mine. She had used her wheel first night for sure cause I had to clean it and then nothing for days which inspired the scrambled egg plan....I didn't know she was using it because she jumps off to poop if possible I never actually saw her use it until I put a security camera in her cage and realized she's a clean freak.
Bahahaha! A security camera?
Is that so? xD
I'm not so sure about Sonic. With her other wheel I had to clean it daily because she would just do her business on it like it was nothing.


On another note, I may be making a little progress.
She ate the kibbles, but no running yet!
I'm not giving up though!
She looks like she's getting a little pudgy and could use some running.
(however, her pudge may just be a growing hedgie? she can still curl in a ball...)

It seems she gets all her entertainment from one little toilet paper tube.
I don't even understand why she likes it so much.
She tugs it around every where!
I guess it's the simple things.
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As young as your hedgehog is she's still growing no worries there.

My girls decided to be for the most part clean on their wheels on their own so it is possible I verified them running and getting off to poo for the most part sometimes they still go though XD
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My girls decided to be for the most part clean on their wheels on their own so it is possible I verified them running and getting off to poo for the most part sometimes they still go though XD

I suppose you're right.
Anything is possible!
I'll just have to spy on her on night.
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