Before you bring your prickly critter home, you'll want to have his home ready to settle into!
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Step 1: Cage
I use a large Rubbermaid bin to store my hedgie in. Wire cages are a no-no because hedgies can get their feet stuck and break their legs!
Step 2: Hegie House
A cedar or other type of light wood home is a must. Light colors let you know when it is dirty! It must be large enough to let your hedgie walk around in.
Step 3: Food Bowl
Plastic or ceramic bowls are the least messy. Some hedgies do not like the texture and will not eat from a wooden bowl. The bowl must be at least the size of your fist.
Step 4: Water Bottle
Use a water bottle opposed to a bowl because hedgies are known to knock them over and make a big mess! You do not need a large one because your hedgehog will not drink very much and you must change his/her water everyday anyway!
Step 5: Blankie and Linens
Blankie: Hedgehogs are burrowing creatures so a blanket is a must! A blanket will also make it easier to pick up your hedgie.
Linens: Pine shavings or other beddings will get stuck under hedgie's quills so it better to use it sparingly. Instead of bedding, spread thin a fleece blanket over the bottom of the cage.
Step 6: Wheel
I do not suggest the wheel shown in this picture. The Flying Saucer wheel is hard for hedgies to understand! Instead get a standard guinea pig wheel. Make sure that it doesn't scrape his back. Plastic wheels are another must! Wire wheels will result in ouchy bleeding feet!
Step 7: Litter Box
If you decide to attempt to litter train your hedgehog, use half a tissue box and some non clumping, dust free litter.
Step 8: Tips
-Keep your hedgehog's cage off the ground if you have other animals or small children!
-Keep their potty area away from food and water.
-Fold back the linens if your hedgie has a designated potty area.
-Keep away from loud noises or commonly used area.
-Do not keep your hedgehog in your room unless you are prepared to listen to him/her all night!!!!!