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Aug 19 2015
12:19:40 PM
I ordered 2 Wodent Wheel Seniors for my 2 new babies, Miko and Simba. I was so sure they were suggie safe and now I have found horror stories about them. Only a few and they are from about 2013, but still. I would hate to see anything happen to my babies. I'm wishing I would've purchased them a Stealth Wheel.
What are your experiences (positive and negative) with the Wodent Wheel?
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Aug 19 2015
06:20:50 PM
jdching Face Hugger 807 Posts
Aside from the fact that they are not glider safe, they get real nasty very fast! The pee sits in the cracks, and the poo sticks to the track and they run through it! Can you return them??
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Aug 19 2015
06:23:14 PM
MikosMomma Joey Visit MikosMomma's Photo Album MikosMomma's Journal USA 22 Posts
I could but I'd have to pay the shipping and handling back at which point I'd only be getting like $5 back :/ I'm wondering if they've changed the way they make them in the last couple years though, because none of the negative reviews were from recently and there were a lot of 5 stars..
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Aug 19 2015
06:32:16 PM
MikosMomma Joey Visit MikosMomma's Photo Album MikosMomma's Journal USA 22 Posts
I did some more research and they make an attachment called a Glider Sheild and you put it on the axle to protect their tails. The only time they've seen injuries is when the suggies hang on and spin in circles versus running, so I'll probably just buy those and not chance it :)
**I looked at my order from Suncoast Sugar Gliders and my Wodent Wheels come with the sheilds built in** Yay!! :D

Edited by - MikosMomma on Aug 19 2015 06:36:00 PM
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Aug 19 2015
08:41:25 PM
dave.klatz Joey 39 Posts
i have one with the glider shield and haven't had any problems. the track does get gross very fast and the wheel is loud as heck when they run. i quickly upgraded to a stealth wheel and the gliders like to run on that one a lot more and it's silent. now i just keep the wodent wheel outside the cage for when it's play time.
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Aug 19 2015
08:43:45 PM
MikosMomma Joey Visit MikosMomma's Photo Album MikosMomma's Journal USA 22 Posts
Glad they're far from our bedroom! The cage itself gets dirty fast so I'll just add that to the toys that get cleaned with the cage :'D
Thanks for your input! :)

Edited by - MikosMomma on Aug 19 2015 08:44:16 PM
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Aug 20 2015
01:07:39 AM
GLIDEIT Super Glider Visit GLIDEIT's Photo Album Canada 330 Posts
The main issues with that wheel are the axel bar (which will e covered with the shield) and the cotter pin that holds the wheel together; sugar gliders can and have gotten their patagiums torn on the sharp edges. It's also not designed for gliders -- they hop in the wheel rather than run, and the wodent doesn't allow them to jump at all (even more so with the axel sheild).

Having said that, I think as long as you keep it clean so that the axel guard doesn't get sticky with waste, and if you can figure out a way to cover up the sharp edges on the cotter pin, you should be able to use them until you're able to afford a safer wheel. Check it and wash it daily though.

It will get gross and dirty quickly though, since all the mess stays in the wheel.

You can also look up how to convert it into a safe wheel by taking out the center bar and replacing the track with mesh. There are some tutorials floating around somewhere. This would be good to do ASAP as it will make it a lot safer to use as a wheel.

Once you upgrade to a glider safe wheel, you can dismantle the wodent, put it together without the stand, fill it with small plastic toys, pom poms or scraps of fleece and use it as a floor toy/ball pit. That way you'll still be able to get some use out of it.

Personally I wouldn't recommend using it in its current state as a wheel for very long. It is a dangerous wheel that has killed gliders and IMO it's not worth the risk.
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Aug 20 2015
08:18:01 AM
MikosMomma Joey Visit MikosMomma's Photo Album MikosMomma's Journal USA 22 Posts
Thank you for your reply! I'll be sure to check out the couter pin and make sure it's not too sharp. I'll probably only have them play with it in our bonding tent so I can keep an eye on them! :)
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