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How to Make a Rodent Wheel Quiet

By Contributor | Updated September 26, 2017

Items you will need

  • Rodent wheel

  • Butter or vegetable oil

  • Cotton swab

How to Make a Rodent Wheel Quiet. A noisy rodent wheel can disturb your sleep, break your concentration or just annoy you. If your hamster, gerbil, mouse, rat, ferret or other pet rodent has a loud wheel, get some butter or vegetable oil and follow these steps to quiet their wheel.

Remove the rodent's wheel from its cage and take the wheel apart.

Get a bit of butter or vegetable oil. If you're using butter, get enough to cover the tip of your index finger. If vegetable oil is your choice, plan on using between five and seven drops. While other chemical substances may achieve the same results, butter and vegetable are the most non-toxic options available.

Place butter or vegetable oil on the wheel's hinge and axle and use a clean cotton swab to grease them with your chosen substance. Work the substance into the hinge and axle with the cotton swab as much as you can by getting into crevices and other hard-to-reach places.

Put the wheel back together and replace the wheel in the rodent's cage.

Repeat the process every two weeks or when the rodent wheel starts to squeak again.

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