This guide covers the majority of what you need to know on how to properly setup a Hedgehog cage. If you require additional information beyond what we have here, or if you have an emergency, there are advanced resources, as well as expert support information at the bottom of this page.
What kind of Hedgehog cage should I buy?
Any type of pet we decide to care for will always need enough space to run around to stay active and healthy. Hedgehogs will require a minimum of 18 inches by 24 inches of space to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Hedgehog cages can come in many types; you can use an aquarium with a screen on top, a wire cage, or even make your own enclosure design for your Hedgehog. For whatever you choose as its cage you must keep in mind that hedgehogs need fresh air for their delicate bodies. Do not place them in areas wherein its prone to dust, smoke, or even simple fumes such as hairsprays, perfumes, and etc. Avoid using high dust substrates for this could potentially hurt your hedgehogs respiratory systems.
What temperature does a hedgehog need?
African hedgehogs does not need to hibernate they just need to have the climate and temperature inside to be set properly that is conducive to them. 75-80 degrees F will be the best temp but if you notice your hedgehog is being sluggish or inactive then it is advisable for you to find a warmer room for your pet, or invest in a heat lamp to keep your hedgehog stay warm. Most hedgehogs do hibernate, except for the African specie that is used to a warm temperature climate. If the temperature drops below 70 degrees F hedgehogs will often attempt to hibernate and this can be slightly dangerous on those that are in captivity. If you want your pet to be comfortable and have a healthy life maintain the room temperature above 70 degrees F.
What other supplies do I buy a hedgehog cage?
To stay warm Hedgehogs definitely needs a shelter and this can come in any form thus also giving them a sense of safety and security. This can be as simple as a towel for them to burrow under, a shoe box, or a dark Tupperware bowl with a door cut out would also do well whenever they need to hide. If you are going to use a wooden material in building your enclosure or shelter remember to apply and seal it with a non toxic child safe paint in order to avoid rotting and the formation of molds. Make sure also that its enclosure and its surroundings within your house is free from any loose strings from fabrics that could be ingested or a limb getting stuck accidentally by your pet while it is playing.
What kind of bedding (substrate) do I buy a hedgehog?
Hedgehogs like all pets require a bedding or substrate inside its cage or enclosure. Both aspen and pine chips are both okay to use as long as it doesn’t attract dust, this is the reason why you need to avoid using cedar since this material creates a dusty substrate within its enclosure. Using clay cat litter or corn cobs is not recommended because your pet might be tempted in eating such materials that could cause some digestive problems to your pet Hedgehog. Again, newspaper is always the best option when proving a bedding, and so are with pellet forms of prairie hay and woods. If you notice that your hedgehog favors a certain corner inside its enclosure or poops consistently while running on its exercise wheel then replace that area with a litter box. This will make the cage a bit easier for you to clean.
Does a Hedgehog need toys?
Toys will be great inside your Hedgehog cage in order to keep them occupied, and this can be in a form of a cat, bird, or a ferret toys; and these would greatly help in keeping your pet from boredom and depression. Let them interact with you as much as possible because based from experiences by breeders this is the best type of activity for Hedgehogs. Wheels are a must inside a Hedgehog cage and for it’s exercise activity, however, make sure that they have a solid surface wheels without any bars because this may cause some trouble on your pet’s limbs.
Are there any good books on Hedgehogs?
These are some of the top-rated books available for Hedgehogs. If you are planning to invest in a Hedgehog, we highly recommend grabbing at least one of these:
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