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Exercise Wheels for Pet Rats
Exercise wheels are not really REQUIRED for your pet rats, but if you don't have time to take them out to free-range, or if your house has limited space (or too cluttered to risk your pet rats running loose), a exercise wheel may be a viable option.
Do note that adult pet rats require a really large exercise wheel - a 11 inch one is the minimum!
However, many people are still using wire exercise wheels, or exercise wheels with gaps in them, or exposed axles. These exercise wheels are really dangerous for your pet rats! A lot of small ratties who have been injured while using one of these wheels. Injuries range from fractured paws, severed tails to several rats who have, horrifically, had broken necks.
Why wire wheels are still promoted in pet shops is beyond us! There are many plastic exercise wheels available that are risk-free and very easy to keep clean.
Also, you can line the inside of your wire wheel with a piece of cardboard, (you can cut a piece from an old breakfast cereal pack). This will stop paws and tails slipping through the wires and can easily be changed when it wears out and gets a bit 'messy'.
Alternatively, there are excellent new exercise wheels on the market that are large enough and are well-protected. These are safer for your pet rats.
So, if you have a wire wheel, either line it or replace it with a plastic wheel - please put your pet's safety first!
Comfort Wheel Giant
Super Pet's Giant Comfort Wheel is perfectly sized for cruising chinchillas or physically fit pet rats. The Giant Comfort Wheel also provides a fun fitness experience for guinea pigs and ferrets. The Comfort Wheel features a safe solid running surface quiet operation and a "tail-safe" design allowing pets an easy entrance and exit. Every Comfort Wheel comes with a heavy duty wire stand and a 2-way attachment clip so the wheel can be used either free-standing or clipped to a wire cage.
FancyPetRats.com last updated 8 Feb, 2017