Hamster wheels can become dirty and grubby much more quickly that you might think. It's very easy for the odd bits of bedding, food or even poop to make their way into you hamster's wheel. This is why cleaning your hamster's wheel is an important part of your hamster care and maintenance routine.
For many reasons! Your hamsters cage should be kept clean, whether it's the bedding, the food bowl or even the wheel. Cleanliness is an important part of hygiene just as much for us as it is for a hamster. A hamster in clean surroundings is much more likely to be fit and healthy. Remember that hamsters can sometimes 'pee' and 'poop' in their wheels so hygiene is of great importance.
Would you want to use a treadmill if it was dirty? No! It's no different for a hamster. By keeping their wheel clean you'll help to ensure they use it as much as possible. Exercise is a very important part of a hamster's life so it should always have access to a clean hamster wheel.
It's easy for dirt and debris to collect inside a hamster wheel and stay inside it, even after it's been used. Make sure it's free of debris and grime to give your hamster a perfectly clean running surface!
This is generally for you to decide. It depends how often the wheel is used, what design the wheel is, how messy your hamsters are and how many hamsters have access to the wheel.
Generally it's very easy to decide when your hamster wheel needs cleaning - simply have a look at it! Is the inside mucky? Are there bits of debris along the running surface? How clean does the wheel look?
It's often a good idea to have a close look at the wheel when you perform other parts of your hamster care routine. Inspect the wheel when you change your hamster's bedding or put new food in your hamster's bowl.
Hamsters might not want to use their wheel if it's dirty and so might miss out on important exercise. It's always best to clean your hamsters wheel as often as possible.
Cleaning a hamster wheel is quite straight forward. Remember the more often you clean it, the easier it should be each time. The longer you leave it, the dirtier it will be!
Your common sense should tell you how to clean a hamster wheel, but here's some tips to help you along the way. We will assume your hamster wheel is plastic.
If you have a wooden hamster wheel, cleaning it might be a little more complicated. Whether it's wooden or plastic, if you are unsure, always check the manufacturer's instructions on how to clean and maintain your hamster's wheel.