Simple Hedgehog Dig Box

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Environmental enrichment is essential for the health and well-being of our pets. Hedgehogs are especially interesting and adorable pets that have become popular throughout America.

They are very active and need lots of exercise to avoid becoming obese in captivity. Here is a quick and inexpensive dig box to enrich your hedgie's environment and encourage "natural" foraging behavior and exercise.

Step 1: Supplies


You will need:

An appropriate sized container (Tupperware), I chose a clear one so I can watch the hedgie play

A marker

An exacto knife (or other cutting implement). As always use caution!

Fleece (about 1.5 yards for the container in this instructable)

Mealworms (or your hedgie's favorite bug that won't be able to escape the container)

Scissors

~ 10 minutes of your life

A Hedgie, because there wouldn't be much point otherwise...

Step 2: Assembly


Cut an appropriate sized hole in the container (large enough for hedgie to enter and leave easily). As always use caution!

Make sure to leave a small lip at the bottom of the hole to prevent bug escapes

Cut fleece into short strips and fill container

Step 3: Done! Hedgie Fun for Everyone!


Place the completed hedgie dig box with yummy treats in your hedgie's enclosure.

Now you have a happier hog!

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    Hazel88

    Question 1 year ago on Step 2

    How do I make a lip?

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    vinzxon

    5 years ago on Step 3

    what do you use for the cage???

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    stacyahKiteman

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I'm sure you could, I would be cautious though because our pet hedgehogs have protruding eyes that are prone to damage. This is one of the reasons I like the fleece strips.

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    Kitemanstacyah

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Protruding eyes? Is that an unintentional trait, or something desired by breeders?

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    stacyahKiteman

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I assume it is an unintentional trait, the most common pet hedgehog in the US is the pygmy African hedgehog which first established as a cross between the four-toed hedgehog and the Algerian hedgehog. Eye trauma and consequent eye removal (enucleation) is a common problem in african pygmy hedgehogs.

    Here is a pic of the common pet hedgehog (african pygmy hedgehog) vs. a wild european hedgehog for eye comparison :) (both from google images)

    africanpygmyeye.jpegeuropeanhedgehogeye.jpeg
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    tinker234stacyah

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    do you know i got a rescue his eye is swollen shut it could be he used to live in a bucket the last owner got him as a rescue didn't want him the breeding farmer didn't want him so he did move around allot and now i am trying to help him he is terrified of everything so i cant look closely though i was wondering if you knew

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    erin132tinker234

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    http://hedgehogcentral.com/forums/index.php

    This is a very good forum I go on they're so helpful with every question you can think of :) Hope your little guy is ok

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    tinker234erin132

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    he is fine i made itbut the ppor guy was too big for the tunnel he got stuck and we spent a hour trying to get him out he has to work off those extra pouds i use headghog central extencivilly

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    erin132tinker234

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Oh no poor little guy! I'm on hedgehog central too I also use the pygmy hogs uk forum :)

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    tinker234erin132

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    thanks i am happy he loves to play with tunnels but he i just so big my local pet store had no idea about headghogs so it was a matter of luck i found one his size

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    Kitemanstacyah

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Goodness me - that is quite a difference.

    Best to forget my straw suggestion, then.

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    stacyahAgentfern

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Nope, he has a large enclosure and he has supervised playtime daily when he gets to run around in his room and interact with us.

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    stacyahTSC

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    He is generally a pretty happy little guy! He was a rescue, his former owner couldn't care for him anymore so he came to live with us :)