When you consider buying a chinchilla wheel you have to take into account the different types and sizes that are available for purchase. Chinchillas are extremely active animals, and as such chinchilla wheels will be amongst a pet store’s essential chinchilla supplies.
The exercise that your pet will receive through running on the wheel is extremely beneficial for their health and they truly enjoy running on these wheels at all hours of the day. Chinchilla wheels are generally larger than the average hamster exercise wheel and when selecting one you have to consider its durability compared to its price.
For durability’s sake, it is better to buy a chinchilla wheel that is made of metal rather than a normal plastic wheel. There are many types of plastic and metal wheels available for purchase. Amongst the best plastic wheels are:
Solid Round Plastic Wheel. This exercise wheel is a great alternative if you have to go for cheaper options. It is very strong and since it is solid, your chinchilla will not be able to hurt itself easily by getting its feet stuck in the wheel or falling off’ the wheel.
Plastic Flying Saucer Wheel. The Plastic flying saucer can be quite difficult to master in the beginning for the chinchilla, and this may discourage them from trying to run on it. They differ from the traditional vertical wheel in that they are shaped like a dish. The dish is propped up by a base and it is propped up at a vertical angle. So there is a bit more technique to master than with a traditional vertical wheel as your pet has to learn not to fall off. However, your pet should soon be able to master the technique. It is a very interesting way for your pet to exercise. Certain designs don’t allow it to attach to the cage, and this can make it even more difficult for the chinchilla to run on the wheel with confidence.
As mentioned earlier, the metal wheels are usually more durable and practical than the plastic variety. They are also safer, as chinchillas like to chew, and it could be dangerous if your pet was able to chew away plastic from his or her toys. Amongst the better metal wheels are the following options:
Metal Drum Wheel. The metal drum wheel is a very interesting design that incorporates the design of normal round wheels and flying saucer wheels. This wheel is very durable and a great way for your chinchilla to exercise.
Metal Flying Saucer Wheel. The metal flying saucer wheel has some of the same hindrances the plastic sort has; however, since this model usually has ways of attaching to the cage, your chinchilla should have less of a problem navigating his way onto it. It is a great piece of equipment on which the chinchilla runs and will be great fun for your pet.
After reading through this article you will realize that there are many factors that influence the decision on which chinchilla wheel to buy, however, it is clear that there should be no question on whether you should buy a wheel or not, as it is an essential part of a chinchilla cage.