Q & A: hamster wheel

Q: Why is an open hamster wheel bad for a hamster or other rodent pets?

A: Grid or wire floor hamster wheels, as well as those that run on a central axle, run the risk of injuring the hamster. Their feet can slip through the grid and this can break legs and their hair can become caught on the central axle and trap them.

The best hamster wheels are made of solid plastic, run on ball bearings and are either open on one side or are closed except for a small entrance. For the safety of your hamster or other pet, it is highly recommended that you get a safe option for your pet.

Dr Dorianne Elliott, veterinarian

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