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Old 05-02-2010, 12:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I know that Silent Spinners are dangerous because they're prone to tipping over. But I noticed while investigating different wheels in the pet store that the SS can be detached from its stand and clipped to the side of the cage. Would is still be dangerous if it was used this way? I have a CW for Lily that clips to the side of the cage, and so far I haven't had any problems with it. I personally don't like the Flying Saucers (too hard to clean), and the top of Annabelle's cage is too low to accommodate a giant CW. What do you think?
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The silent spinner has slits in the running surface,making it easy for a hedgie to get a nail/toe caught and substain a serious injury.
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The silent spinner has slits in the running surface,making it easy for a hedgie to get a nail/toe caught and substain a serious injury.
Oh, lol. You know, I never noticed that. Ah well, the quest for a wheel continues.
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Yes, they can tip over, but the main concern was with the yellow nut in the middle unscrewing and causing the wheel to fall apart onto the hedgie. No matter what you can't adjust that.



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And it's a pain to clean too.
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Huh! I love the flying saucer, its very easy for me to clean. I just detach the top from the base, throw saucer top into the sink and soak all day, later rinse off with super-hot water and let air dry before giving back.
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Old 05-03-2010, 12:56 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Huh! I love the flying saucer, its very easy for me to clean. I just detach the top from the base, throw saucer top into the sink and soak all day, later rinse off with super-hot water and let air dry before giving back.
I think they were talking about the downsides of the Silent Spinner one not the Flying Saucer. If I ever get a petstore one I would definately go with the saucer one you have
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Huh! I love the flying saucer, its very easy for me to clean. I just detach the top from the base, throw saucer top into the sink and soak all day, later rinse off with super-hot water and let air dry before giving back.
Yeah, I liked the Flying Saucer but I had problems cleaning it. The poop tended to get packed against the rivets and i never felt like it was truly clean. I wish I had access to a sink for hedgie cleaning, but all I have is a super-tiny bathroom sink and the kitchen sink where we do dishes. That doesn't seem very sanitary to me, lol.
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When at my apartment, I use a tiny bathroom sink to clean my FS too, and it gets pretty clean.

I wet the entire wheel, spray on my vinegar solution, leave that while I go tidy up the rest of his cage and feed him. So around 10-15 min later, I go back, I have a designated brush that I just got at the dollar store, and everything just comes right off easily. I've never had a problem getting it squeaky clean.
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:17 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I love the Flying Saucer too.

I'm not the best judge of how easy wheels are to clean because Quigley doesn't usually poop on it, but every so often he will get it messy. Usually by morning most of the poop pieces are dry and I dump them off into the toilette. Then I rinse it in the tub and spray vinegar on it. When it needs scrubbing it is much easier than the other wheels I've had (especially the silent spinner - before I knew it was dangerous) because it is a mostly flat surface, I can hold the bottom knob and scrub it all over without awkwardly reaching inside or getting poop all over my arm.
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