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Old 05-02-2019, 11:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My hedgehog is getting older (she'll be four in a few days!) and has had some health issues (some sort of stroke-like thing near Thanksgiving and a leg injury in March) so she's less agile than she used to be, and simultaneously the wheel we got her 4 years ago seems to be sagging so it tilts down and threatens to spill her off. She doesn't seem to mind that part (although she hugs the back when she runs) but she seems like she might be having issues getting up onto the wheel. Are there shorter or more stable wheels that she might have an easier time with? I'm worried she'll re-injure her leg getting up on the wheel and falling.
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Old 05-03-2019, 03:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What wheel does she have already ?? It will make it easier to suggest new options, and not suggest the wheel that you already have.
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We got it from a pet store so I'm not positive but it looks exactly like this one:
https://www.amazon.com/Kaytee-Comfor...s%2C152&sr=8-4

I ended up buying a Carolina Storm Wheel because it said it had an adjustable height so we'll see if that works, but if people have other suggestions I'd love to hear them for backup!
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Old 05-04-2019, 04:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You can adjust hight and tilt with the Caroline storm wheel. Most people recommend it as a wheel anyway. Defiantly see how she gets on with it, I dont think you'll have the same problem with it though
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I got the new wheel, but she won't run on it. If I put her on it she gets off as soon as possible. Any tips other than time?
Her cage has the old wheel (because she will run on it), and I've put the new wheel in a bigger pen, but she just runs around the perimeter of the pen instead of on the wheel.
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Try leaving some treats on the new wheel. It may be the new wheel smell. Try washing in vinager water and rinsing and see if that helps.
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Old 05-13-2019, 02:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I would wash the wheel with whatever you use on the current wheel, so that it then smells the same.

I would then put the new wheel in the cage for a week, using the old one in the pen so that if she's still not running it, you know she's still getting some exercise. But sometimes they are more likely to try a new wheel when its left in the cage with them.

Then while its in the cage, leave her favourite treats on it, to encourage her over to the wheel. If you put them so they aren't just on the edge its more likely she will need to get on the wheel a little.
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Old 05-13-2019, 02:52 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Just be sure to give it some time too. Any change can take some time to get used to, so don’t feel like one day of not using it is a bad thing!
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