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Plastic or metal hamster wheel?

Joggergirl

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It's a given that when you get a hamster, you want to include the usual stuff in your cage. The big one is the hamster wheel. Those big boys need to workout from time to time. But, what is best? A plastic wheel or a metal one? I figure a metal one could cause more damage if another hamster is near it. But a plastic one might degrade and break a lot faster.

What would you suggest?
 

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Hamsters can and often do chew on plastic so a wheel might not last as long if it is made from plastic. I always opt for metal ones myself. They can't easily destroy them.
 

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A metal one lasts a lot longer as well. With plastic, you don't know how long it'll survive. And as Newbee stated, hamsters like to chew on plastic, so it'll gradually degrade over time. Anyway, a metal one should be just fine, and it's not like the cost is high to begin with.
 

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Yeah, you're for sure better off with a metal wheel, just because plastic degrades so much faster and easier. A metal one lasts a lot longer for sure. The only downside, is that I lost a pet mouse once because of an exercise wheel. What happened was, one mouse was in the wheel doing his usual thing, and the other was under the wheel and I'm sure you can guess what happened next.
 

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Metal is definitely the ideal way to go, and at the time usually not that much more expensive
 
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Plastic;
Syrian hamsters need 12 inch wheel
Dwarfs need 8.5 inch wheel
I recommend comfort wheels
 
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Yeah, you're for sure better off with a metal wheel, just because plastic degrades so much faster and easier. A metal one lasts a lot longer for sure. The only downside, is that I lost a pet mouse once because of an exercise wheel. What happened was, one mouse was in the wheel doing his usual thing, and the other was under the wheel and I'm sure you can guess what happened next.
Metal wheels aren't safe
 
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It's a given that when you get a hamster, you want to include the usual stuff in your cage. The big one is the hamster wheel. Those big boys need to workout from time to time. But, what is best? A plastic wheel or a metal one? I figure a metal one could cause more damage if another hamster is near it. But a plastic one might degrade and break a lot faster.

What would you suggest?
Plastic wheels are safer for many reasons. Metal wheels aren't safe. Can cause injury and bumble foot. Syrian hamsters need 10 inch min size though 12 inch is better. Capture+_2020-11-27-03-00-39.png
 
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