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It's quite normal for babies or those fairly new to a wheel to get bloody feet. It can happen regardless of the type of wheel unless you are using mesh or a silent spinner which can catch tiny nails and yank them out.

For a solid surface bucket wheel, comfort wheel or flying saucer, usually it is because they run so much the run their tender feet raw. Sometimes they can get stress cracks between the two outside toes, usually on the back feet but not always.

Since there was alot of blood, leave the wheel out for tonight so his feet can heal. Chances are good, it will happen again before his feet toughen up.
 

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sebian said:
Nancy--

You should start making some hedgie running shoes!! :lol:
:lol: :lol:

Can't say my gang would be to thrilled to be the test subjects. I think they'd all revolt.

Would be cute though wouldn't it. :lol:
 

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Don't put fleece on the running tread of any wheel. There is way too much risk of a nail getting caught while it's moving. Craft foam would be a better choice although difficult to conform to the shape.

The little ridges on the flying saucer wheel are very smooth and he should not injure his feet on them. Usually when they run their pads raw, it's not so much the surface but the the length of time they do it for. It's sort of like us when we first walk barefoot each summer. At first our feet are sensitive but after a while they toughen up and it doesn't bother us.
 
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