Hamsters in the wild lead an active lifestyle. In search of food, the rodent runs 10-12 kilometers per night. In captivity, in a cramped cage, deprived of the usual pace of life, a smart baby will quickly wither away. Lack of physical activity will lead to excess weight, muscle wasting, and other health problems. To maintain a decent physical form of pets, caring people have come up with special exercise machines. The most popular of these is the running wheel. Pets are happy to "wind kilometers", losing weight and strengthening the heart muscle.
Zoologists have figured out why hamsters run in a wheel. Rodents in nature constantly get food, even when they are not hungry. They make very large supplies for the winter. In addition, by constantly running, it is easier to protect yourself from owls, ferrets and other predators. The average speed at which the animal runs is 5 km / h. The instinct laid down by nature makes the animals not sit still in captivity. So the running wheel comes in handy here.
You can buy it at a specialized pet store. What types of simulators are offered by shops, which one is right for your pet, how much does a wheel cost. Let's try to answer these questions.
First of all, decide on the size. Too small a treadmill will cause your athlete to sag when running. This can lead to poor posture and even injury. A wheel that is too large for a hamster is difficult to turn and will be reluctant to use it. A diameter of 14-16 cm is suitable for a Dzungarian hamster or a Syrian cub. For a Syrian hamster, you need a treadmill with a diameter of 18 cm and above.
The treadmill must be wide enough to keep the hamster from flying off the wheel. For dwarf breeds - 5 cm, for the Syrian - 7 cm. / P>
Not only the convenience, but also the safety of the pet depends on the correct choice of the simulator. It is important that there is a gap of at least 1 cm between the mount and the rotating part. Otherwise, the baby's foot will get stuck in a too narrow space, and the hamster will be injured. Fractures, dislocations often occur due to improperly selected toys and attractions.
Materials used to make attractions:
The wooden wheel is the most expensive, but the safest. If the kid decides to sharpen his teeth on his simulator, there will be no harm.
The disadvantage of metal construction is that it starts to make a lot of noise over time. It is especially unpleasant if the toy squeaks at night, because the hamster is a nocturnal animal. Sleeps during the day and trains at night.
There is a pet in almost every home. The most common places for the establishment are dogs and cats. In recent years, Chilean squirrels have been very popular.
Breeders call them "degus". "Octodon Degus" is the official name of this species. Exotic coloration, small size and natural charm play a very important role in the decision to buy an animal. The animal is very sociable and playful.
Degu are not afraid of people at all and learn quickly. Before buying, you need to weigh all the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a pet. The first mention of this adorable animal originated in South America. Mostly tasting is common in Peru, Argentina and Chile.
The Chilean degu squirrel is a small creature whose body length varies from 10 to 23 centimeters. The coat has a light brown color with yellow tints. The tail is noticeably darker than the body.
Many breeders note the main plus in keeping this cute animal: it does not bring an unpleasant smell at all. This is due to the small number of sweat glands under the skin. The animal is diurnal. The degu rests in burrows, which he digs himself.
They can be very large in size and connected by various tunnels. Minks are created for shelter from predators, for hanging out with offspring and for rest.
The degus's natural body structure is designed for digging holes. There are 4 toes on the small front legs, and 5 on the hind legs. Powerful sharp claws are visible at the tips.
The Chilean squirrel attracts the attention of Europeans as one of the most exotic pet species. Since the largest percentage of degus is found in Australia, the animal is sometimes mistakenly referred to as the Australian degu squirrel. Breeders disprove the theory.
They say that many people confuse the animal with the flying squirrel. The Australian representative differs from the Chilean species in its smallest dimensions, due to which it easily jumps from palm to palm.
Flying squirrels are nocturnal. The structure of the legs of the Australian degu squirrel is unusual: the limbs are connected by a membrane, which is opened by the sail and allows the squirrel to fly.
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