Every time you think of a hamster the first image that comes to mind is that of him running on the wheel.
This tool is a must-have accessory to be placed in his cage. But why do hamsters love running so much?
The hamster is a small rodent that spends half of his day snoring and the other half playing.
When the sun goes down, he gets active and starts doing all kinds of activities … his favorite? Run on the wheel.
This comes from his ancestors, who spent their time running away from predators. Transformed them into restless and even a little nervous beings.
The wheel is a real relief valve for this little animal, it helps him to calm down and find a psychophysical balance.
By running on the wheel, the hamster can travel several kilometers in a single night, so it also acts as a gym and allows the rodent to always keep fit.
The lack of the right tools in its habitat – such as the wheel – can cause major health problems for the hamster.
It can undergo a kind of depression, which leads it to hole up in a corner of the cage and fill up with food with consequent risk of obesity.