How to Stop a Squeaking Mouse Wheel

Updated March 23, 2017

Tiny, active and curious, mice make excellent pets for families who can give these the attention and variation in environment they need. Mice love to play and to hide and build nests. They need to exercise as well, and most mice enjoy running on an exercise wheel. Wheels should be made of sturdy plastic or metal, and shouldn't have rungs that mice tails can get caught in. If your mouse is active on his wheel, it may develop a squeak. The wheel isn't broken, but the axis joint may need some lubrication.

Remove the wheel from your mouse's cage.

Clean the wheel well with soap and water.

Dry the wheel with paper towels.

Apply a few drops of the animal-safe lubricant at the point where the centre of the wheel attaches to the stand.

Spin the wheel a few times to distribute the lubricant.

Wipe away any excess lubricant using the paper towel.

Replace the wheel into your mouse's cage.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap and water
  • Paper towels
  • Animal-safe lubricant, such as WD-40
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A writer and professional lab assistant based in Seattle, Kate Bruscke has been writing professionally about health care and technology since 1998. Her freelance clients include "The Seattle Times,", Reading Local: Seattle, Nordstrom and MSN/Microsoft. Bruscke holds a Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.