The mighty wheel...

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The mighty wheel...

Post by Dust » Wed, 11 May 2011 17:36:29



Hi,all...first time posting here.
My daughter brought home a mouse a few weeks ago.A cute,funny little
thing,white with grey patches.And...well,it kinda grows on us.
But sitting and watching it climb around and explore it`s surroundings in
it`s cage,I see that it loves it`s wheel...spending many,many minutes a day
on it.
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?
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??
Any comments appreciated...so we can understand the little critter a bit
better(as this is the first mouse we have had as a pet)
Many thanks
Dusty
 
 
 

The mighty wheel...

Post by Heather Kendric » Thu, 26 May 2011 15:10:03



Quote:

> 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.

Quote:
> 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.

Heather