Should You Give Your Rats A Wheel?

Hey guys, so today I thought I’d talk about the pros and cons of using wheels with your rats. Enjoy!


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  1. Mange on September 20, 2020 at 2:48 am

    I do think you should. It needs to be big enough for your biggest rat to fit in there and needs to not have wire as the run.

  2. Fantastic Felix on September 20, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Get the tic-tac wheel it’s big so they don’t get deformed and they are silent.

  3. The Rat Crusader on September 20, 2020 at 2:50 am

    For anyone who is wanting to give there rats a wheel get the kaytee 12-14 inch one or the saucer wheel.

  4. albert fish on September 20, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Only one of my rats occasionally use a wheel. He’s probably the thinnest of them all

  5. ActiveAnimals on September 20, 2020 at 2:53 am

    One detail that you hinted at, but didn’t actually say, is what can happen when the wheel is the only source of enrichment, rather than just one of many. Under that specific circumstance, wheel running can infact become an obsession (stereotypic behavior), where the rats WON’T stop when they start to get uncomfortable, or even when they’re straight up in pain. It’s comparable to humans with anxiety chewing their finger nails so short that they start to bleed.
    That would be an example of bad husbandry, which unfortunately often goes hand in hand with wheels that are too small. These are the cases where it is easiest to blame the wheel for any problems the rat may have, when really, the problem is caused by the way they are being kept.

  6. LightNing on September 20, 2020 at 2:54 am

    3:32 12”(inch)=30.50cm

  7. Betty Lewis on September 20, 2020 at 2:55 am

    I need help my pets don’t go in there weel idk why one of them is fat and is scared of the weel the other I put it on there it is like there is nothing to do ad goes please help 😣

  8. H S on September 20, 2020 at 2:55 am

    I’ve never seen a rat using a wheel. I thought that they were far too intelligent for this.

  9. iamsaztak on September 20, 2020 at 2:55 am

    I’m planning on getting rats and picked up a nice little wheel on clearance at petsmart. i realized while waiting in line that it was probably too small (and it was, only 8". it’s also wire mesh, which I knew was wrong but I just couldn’t pass up the deal lol). I’ll break it down and use it to make something else, like a strange bed or climbing toy or something. Not sure what I’ll do with it yet. I’m thinking of getting a silent spinner made by my breeder, or getting one of those saucer runners (or both? not sure!)

    Thanks for the tips. I thought the debate was a bit odd, and this helped me understand it a bit.

  10. Geezee Gamez on September 20, 2020 at 2:55 am

    One big con; If you sleep in the same room that you have the cage in, wheels make a lot of noise. I am often woken up at 3 am to the sound of the wheel. (I just rollover and fall asleep again so it’s not that bad).

  11. Vectrex on September 20, 2020 at 2:57 am

    Wheel tail is rarely genetic. In most cases, it’s indirectly the fault of a wheel. Rats who are 4 months or younger still have fragile, developing bones, and if you combine it with a wheel (like poor posture a child sits in eventually develops back issues) it’ll heighten risks of a messed up tail. However, a bigger cause of wheel tail is diet. Everytime I hear someone say their rat has wheel tail, it’s a rescue or pet store rat. And those rats grow up on very poor food, and/or are very underweight.

    I got 2 rats recently from a teenage girl who fed her rats an extremely poor diet. All her rats were extremely underweight and malnurished. I also noticed both rats had mild wheel tail syndrome, but one of them had a much more curled tail.

    If you feed your rats proper lab blocks, if you don’t give them a wheel when they’re under 5 or 4 months old, if your rat isn’t underweight, you’ll avoid wheel tail syndrome.

  12. Anira Seraug on September 20, 2020 at 2:57 am

    The ONLY issue ive EVER had with a wheel was one of my girls loved the wheel so much she couldn’t keep weight onto her. She always had issues since I got her. She was so adventurous and could not keep weight onto her unless I forced her into a small cage for a few days. Which we both hated. I fed her and her sisters every day but she finally passed on because of the weight issue…. RIP Allie girl…

  13. John on September 20, 2020 at 2:57 am

    “And then I’ll show you my stance”…. while a rat rides on a wheel in front of her…

  14. fordfreak 87 on September 20, 2020 at 2:58 am

    What do you feed your rats?

  15. David on September 20, 2020 at 2:59 am

    Great video. I’ve been thinking about getting a wheel. This video clears up some of the hesitation behind getting one. Thank u.

  16. P R on September 20, 2020 at 3:02 am

    Omg!! That wheel is huge! What wheel is it?

  17. suzypenguin on September 20, 2020 at 3:05 am

    Thank you!

  18. Mark Saunders on September 20, 2020 at 3:06 am

    All my 3 girls love their wheel. I got them a 12 inch custom made metal wheel fixed to the cage wall. Runs silent plus good exercise for them.

  19. Truth Seeker81 on September 20, 2020 at 3:08 am

    I’ve had 9 rats over the years and not a single one of them has ever even tried to use a wheel and I’ve provided them all with one to begin with. I’ve used the biggest ones available and the disc ones. Eventually I end up taking them out to make room for items they will use.

  20. Ayah K. on September 20, 2020 at 3:08 am

    Why was she pushing them like that

  21. adrionna eichler on September 20, 2020 at 3:10 am

    Do you think you’ll ever use cage liners for the cage? I just started by making my own liners and it’s worked out well so far. It’s so cheap, easy and not messy. It would be a good idea to make the cage easier to clean 😊

  22. Willibrodus :3 on September 20, 2020 at 3:11 am

    Totally my rat looks happy

  23. ikkuranus on September 20, 2020 at 3:12 am

    I have the green Kaytee wheel shown in this video and it’s super noisy. No amount of lubrication to the spindle helped to quiet it down. After a month of dealing with it, I got a Carolina storm wheel and the only noise that one has is the tapping of their feet on the plastic.

  24. Cats and rats on September 20, 2020 at 3:12 am

    My mouse has an upright wheel and a saucer wheel. He a lot times prefers the saucer wheel.

  25. IM OBESE ILMS on September 20, 2020 at 3:13 am

    I’m getting my 2 boys next week

  26. Macy Jane on September 20, 2020 at 3:14 am

    My rats have had many wheels to choose from, they never used one, I don’t know why

  27. Gacha Jacky on September 20, 2020 at 3:19 am

    If you love rats I have a YouTube channel called All things Rats. And subscribe

  28. Rat-Tastic on September 20, 2020 at 3:19 am

    please could you do something like 10 things to know before getting a pet rat, or something like that?

  29. sweetfrost on September 20, 2020 at 3:20 am

    Now I want a wheel…. I should buy one soon! ^^

  30. Mellie Marshmallow on September 20, 2020 at 3:21 am

    My rats never use their wheel

  31. Cynthia Johnson on September 20, 2020 at 3:21 am

    Thanks for this video, I’ve been debating on whether or not to get my rats a wheel. I’m going to now since seeing this video and now that they have their big rat " condo " as I call it. I think it will give them something else to do plus get exercise … ☺️🐁

  32. Jackie Page on September 20, 2020 at 3:22 am

    Hi Shadow the Rat how are you doing today fine I hope. thanks so much for sharing this video with us it was so much fun to watch. This video was very informative. I really didn’t know if rats like wheels or not. I have a hamster and she doesn’t go on her wheel she uses it as a climbing frame

  33. Chadd Lindsay on September 20, 2020 at 3:25 am

    I have 7 girls and two 14" wheels in the cage. I have a triple CN cage. Only three of the rats run on the wheel and usually it’s only for a few minutes. When they were younger they all would run. I used to laugh at them cause not only would two of them try to run inside but a third would always try to run on top… Needless to say she would get flung to the floor lol. Non of my rats have curved tails. They are all normal. My rats ages are from 1-2 yrs of age.

  34. lucieni on September 20, 2020 at 3:25 am

    I never even thought of giving them a wheel… always assumed that was a hamster thing. Mine have the entire living room/inside of sofa and armchairs to explore when they’re out and about so lots of climbing and burrowing and ratty shenanigans. x

  35. Marian Carswell on September 20, 2020 at 3:25 am

    I also have observed that the tails will also when that are really happy.

  36. randomness ashlynn on September 20, 2020 at 3:27 am

    Should I give my male rats a wheel

  37. Cats and rats on September 20, 2020 at 3:29 am

    The rats are SO CUTE when they run on the wheel. Especially in s l o w m o t i o n

  38. Laura Garnham on September 20, 2020 at 3:29 am

    My rats have a wheel but I have never seen them use it. Still, it’s there if they want it.

  39. Cherrie's Illustrations on September 20, 2020 at 3:31 am

    Nice girl, now i want one and i have a fancy mouse

  40. SpiritAsmodeus on September 20, 2020 at 3:32 am

    My oldest has it reaaally bad. Shes unable to make her tail even slightly straight. Shes been given to my local shelter in a 20 gallon tank so im guessing when she was young she had a mouse wheel and it was never taken out. Her tail is pretty much in a full hoop on her back at this point. My girls have the large silent spinner and she wont touch it so im assuming it was a overall bad experience. She was maybe 1 to 1.5 years old when i got her, shes now going on 3. Rats should always have a wheel, the largest you can get. People tend to think that if they can squeeze in they dont need a bigger one. I have a collection of hamster wheels from getting my rats and two running balls. That can be another video topic for you? Not too many people know the dangers of that ball and why rats should never be in one. Sorry for the long comment but a small tip, i have a large running ball without the lids and i tip tie one end to the back of a cage and it makes a sturdy large enclosed bed, just throw in a blanket and they love it. Just need to make sure the holes at the bottom are covered for their feet

  41. Rei on September 20, 2020 at 3:33 am

    We tried to get our rats to use a wheel but they didn’t know what to do with it lmao

  42. Jason Kent on September 20, 2020 at 3:34 am

    The logic is inescapable. "If the wheel hurts the rat, the rat will….stop." Makes absolute sense to me.

  43. Amy Wolf on September 20, 2020 at 3:34 am

    My rat curls her tail when she runs in a wheel. It disappears when she runs a few minutes outside the wheel. It doesn’t look genetic. I made a compromise. I use it when they roam around, it’s not in the cage. Her tail still curves for 1-2 minutes but not because she’s in pain she just holds it like that 🤷‍♀️ I have the biggest wheel I could buy it’s not too small it’s even 1/3 bigger than yours. I learned my rats so many tricks from your tutorials, thank you so much! It’s so fun to see them learning and especially to surprise people that rats can outsmart a cat and even a dog. Everyone who left the house was just in love with them 🙂

  44. Django Mandingo on September 20, 2020 at 3:36 am

    1 in 4 rats are addicted to wheels. I know, because I have 4 rats

  45. Katelyn G on September 20, 2020 at 3:37 am

    When I first purchased pet rats I got them a wheel and they never used it lol

  46. DrKate L. on September 20, 2020 at 3:38 am

    Wheel Tail is pretty much the silliest theory I’ve ever heard. They sleep curled up in hammocks for many more hours than they’d ever spend on a wheel. Why don’t they call it Hammock Tail? 😂

  47. D3scent on September 20, 2020 at 3:39 am

    Thx for the help keep up the good work😁👍🏾

  48. Skystar of SproutClan on September 20, 2020 at 3:41 am

    mine dont even run in them, they just sleep in them

  49. Wendy Stewart on September 20, 2020 at 3:45 am

    All my rats had wheels just not the ones that will get their feet hurt plastic like yours never had a problem also had a baby playpen for time out of cage

  50. Discoverikki ! on September 20, 2020 at 3:45 am

    Hey, I know you don’t have the time to respond to anyone but I need your help. Several months ago I got two female rats, or they were supposed to be female…. today heard A bunch of squeaking and since I’ve had a little of dwarf Hampsters in the past I knew what the sound was… I went online to see what I could do and separated the male just in case. Left the female and her 15-16 babies in the original cage… wanted to know if you had any information for me of what to do in this situation. I’ve decided to work on finding them homes as soon as they’ve reached the age where they can leave the mom and separate the sexes.. would u know what the best food to feed her would be? And any other tips You could provide would be a tremendous help! If you can somehow email me or private message me write back here and I’ll send u my info!

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