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Old 07-14-2014, 08:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So i got baby roxy in March, and the breeder gave us a wire mesh wheel.
I have had to change the wheel several times due to the wire breaking and standing up, i was worried she may step on in!

I read the care packet and she said to only use wire mesh wheels because the poop and urine will go through and when she/he continues running it will not drip or fall on your hedgie like it would using a flat wheel.

But then i see people saying to only use flat wheels not mesh or a silent spinner.

What do you recommend and why?
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Sorry born in march, got her in may.
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What breeder did you get her from? She kind of has unethical advice. Wire mesh wheels are NOT suitable for hedgehogs because they have such tiny toes and feet, which can get caught in the wires very easily. Injured or broken toes and feet, even legs or more serious issues, can result from that.

It's true that with a flat surface wheel, such as a bucket wheel or comfort wheel, flying saucer, etc, that your Roxy's poop and pee will dirty up the wheel and could get on your hedgehog when she's running on it. But a simple foot bath and daily wheel cleaning is a simple solution - much better than an injured hedgehog! I would change your wheel asap if you can I recommend Larry T's Carolina Storm Bucket Wheels, as they are made specifically for hedgehogs, they're easy to clean, come in many colors, last a long time, and are a reasonable price.
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I know I'm the bad hedgie owner here, but I use mesh wheels. I've tried different types of wheels, but was never happy with them.
All 5 of the hedgehogs I have had have used mesh wheels. None of them were ever injured from them or had toes or toe nails caught in them.
Ultimately, you need to find a wheel that you are comfortable using. I'm not suggesting you keep using a mesh wheel if you aren't comfortable with it.
I know bucket wheels are recommended on this forum. I hear a lot of good things about them.
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I know I'm the bad hedgie owner here, but I use mesh wheels. I've tried different types of wheels, but was never happy with them.
All 5 of the hedgehogs I have had have used mesh wheels. None of them were ever injured from them or had toes or toe nails caught in them.
Ultimately, you need to find a wheel that you are comfortable using. I'm not suggesting you keep using a mesh wheel if you aren't comfortable with it.
I know bucket wheels are recommended on this forum. I hear a lot of good things about them.
Then why don't you just try bucket wheels? Not only can mesh wheels be dangerous they are very uncomfortable too.
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Old 07-16-2014, 02:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Honestly, I don't have a problem with mesh wheels. I've never had a hedgehog develop feet or leg problems. My one hedgie Molly, developed a bone infection in her leg, but it wasn't caused by the wheel. All my hedgies are happy with the wheels they use. I've had 5 hedgehogs who have all used mesh wheels for the majority of the time, so I've used them for years and trust them.
I've tried silent spinners and wasn't happy with them (my hedgehog wasn't a fan either).
I am aware that there are risks involved, but there can be risks with anything.
I've never suggested to anyone on here that they should use mesh wheels, I've just given my experience with them.
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This lady at the exotic pet store said she used wire wheels too because she didn't like cleaning them out everyday! I was like "So who cares if they break their toes or legs because it is easier to clean right?!" Also I have a pink bucket wheel if anyone needs a new wheel. It's brand new, does NOT come with stand though, it is SUPER easy to make and will only cost you like 4 dollars to make.
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I definitly would purchase a new wheel asap. Yes, it's a little extra work but it's much better than having a hurt hedgie and having to pay for it in vet bills. For those of you who have been using mesh wheels for a while, just because your hedgie hasn't hurt itself yet, doesn't mean it can't hurt itself in the future.

It's just easier, safer, and more affortable for you and your hedgie if you purchase a flat bottom wheel. Just my opinion
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I don't want to turn this into a big debate, so this is that last time I am going to bring this up here.
I know mesh wheels have the potential to harm a hedgehog. But that is true about pretty much everything- fabric can have loose threads that can wrap around a toe or foot and cause damage, if you have long hair it can wrap around a hedgie's foot or toe, if you use water bottles a hedgie could get their tongue stuck in it and need to have it amputated. Their toys can break and cause injury. Everything comes with a risk.
In other threads people have told me I am uniformed or too lazy to get a new wheel, which is a similar feeling that I am getting from the posts here. This kind of reminds me when parents don't get their kids vaccinated due to the perceived risk- everyone has an opinion, and in the end, the parent's are the ones who need to be okay with the risks and whatever consequences.
I love my hedgehogs more than anything. I know I take the best care of them that I can. I've decided to use and continue using mesh wheels because I have never had problems- 5 hedgies and never an issue. I am aware that there is the potential, but I don't feel the risk is that great. If anything were to happen, yes, I would feel horrible and I would get them the care they need. You don't have to agree with my decision, but there are a lot bigger issues than what type of wheel a person's uses.
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm new to hedges, but from what I've observed, the wire wheels have too many potential problems that can result in a hurt hedgehog.

I originally had a wire wheel, but noticed a couple wires got loose from the adhesive and stuck up a little bit. They also have paint that chips off over time and have small ends in the center than can poke the little thing when he/she is getting on and off it. But, my hedgie used it no problem.

But, because of these concerns, I decided to make one. No glue, paint, or loose ends to worry about. Plus, they are quiet, sturdy, and much bigger and more comfortable for the hedgehog. It costs about 15 bucks to make and 30 minutes of your time. The downside to a solid cake-holder wheel is the fact that you must clean it daily and they will run in their poop and pee, which means more time cleaning your hedgie.

The wire wheels get the job done, but just be sure if you use one, to check it daily for any of the problems listed above.

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