> But what strikes me is exactly how much it seems to enjoy that wheel.
> I know rodents like them,but what do they REALLY get out of it?? What is
> their fascination with it?
I wish I knew! Even when I had wild mice that I'd live-trapped in my
house, they would take to the wheel immediately and without
introduction. I once heard of someone who successfully caught the mice
in his house just by putting a running wheel in a box and waiting until
he heard them go in there and start running it.
> And also,the wheel is the kind that has the cross-ways bars....at the speed
> they run at,what stops them from putting a foot through and getting caught
> and flung around?? Or do they have extremely good feet co-ordination??
I've used that kind of wheel and never had a mouse get injured -- but
some people do think they're dangerous and should not be used. I find
that the plastic wheels that are solid tend to be very noisy because
they rattle; metal wheels can be oiled, and so I prefer them. However,
there are metal wheels with mesh instead of the ladder-style bars that
are supposed to be safer.
I hope you and your mouse friend have happy years together.