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Old 09-30-2008, 12:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm planning on making a bucket wheel to replace the one I have now (it's a comfort wheel and I just want to get something different). I have the general directions for making one, and I'm okay with those. However, I was wondering: is it generally recommended to put traction on them or should you go without? I saw one website that said you can add bath tub grips for traction if you'd like, but most other places don't mention anything, that I've seen. So should traction be added or is it a standard bucket wheel okay without it?
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Old 09-30-2008, 01:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've never used anything to add traction to a bucket wheel and all has been well with my hedgehogs. Adding anything actually makes me worry. 1.

Most items that you would use would hold feces and urine in them and would need additional cleaning to actually get them clean.

2. I also worry about bath tub grips that they may hurt feet. I figure if a hedgehog can run their feet raw on the smooth surface of a wheel, then I can only imagine the damage that a rough surface may cause.

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I think its sunshinequills that adds traction to their wheels but I don't see a real need for any traction. Hedgies always seem to run on the wheels just fine without it.
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I don't see a need for traction on a hedgie wheel. They have little hairless footsie pads, that should be enough.

I bought a bucket wheel a while (year and a half) ago, and it can with little white traction strips. I don't know, maybe they were there to look good or something. Anyway, they were difficult to clean, and peeling up, so I ripped em off and Inky and I are much happier without them.



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Default Re: traction in bucket wheels

When I made the first wheels for our first two hedgehogs I put little grooves in the plastic and sanded it so it wasn't so smooth thinking I was doing a good thing. Every time I clean those wheels I curse myself for doing that as all it did was make the wheels hard to clean.

I also have a couple of wheels that have traction strips on them. One pealed off easily and are long gone. The other, I don't know what kind of glue was used on them but they are impossible to get off. I curse those traction strips as they are a pain to clean around too.

They do fine with the smooth plastic.
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Default Re: traction in bucket wheels

k, no traction for Quentin then. I had thought about strips catching dirt and maybe being a little harder on the feet, that's why I decided to ask about it here; but I was afraid just the simple plastic might be too smooth, so that's why I was wondering about traction in the first place. (The comfort wheel has those ridges on it, so I wasn't sure if it was needed or not). It's good to know the bucket wheels can go without. I'll definitely try it without anything and see how he likes it. Thank you for all the replies.
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If you tilt the wheel too much, yes they will slide on the smooth plastic. And if you tilt is the wrong way urine will stay on the wheel and can make it slippery. However if you tilt it just enough to allow the urine to run off, your hedgehog should be fine. I can always tell when the wheel isn't tilted right, the pitter patter of feet makes an 'abnormal' sound.
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