Cage and Bedding

CAGE:

Careful consideration should be given to the size of accommodations for your new hedgehog. Although they are small animals, they do need a lot of room to move around. When choosing a cage for your hedgie, it should be the largest you can fit in the space available. We suggest the absolute minimum size to be 18” x 30”, but it should be at least 4 sq. feet. Be sure the cage has a solid bottom and is tall enough to accommodate a wheel, which is a must for a hedgehog.

Do not use glass aquariums. They do not allow adequate air flow and most aren’t big enough.

A good cage: Super Pets My First Home  or Kaytee Rabbit/Guinea Pig Home L or XL

Example of cage set up

Example of cage set up

Another alternative to a regular cage is one of the huge Sterilite containers (approx. 105 quarts).  However, these do not allow as much ventilation and should NEVER be used with a top on them.  It is also a good idea to drill holes in the sides to allow better air flow.

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Examples of Sterilite bin cages

Examples of Sterilite bin cages

BEDDING:

Hedgehogs are burrow animals and love to dig.  Their bedding should include materials for them to dig around in and burrow through.

You can use fleece fabric liners cut to fit your cage bottom. Make sure there are no loose threads that could catch on a hedgies nail. Never use terry cloth towels since their nails can get caught in the cloth loops.  You can also use a product called Carefresh, which resembles ground up cardboard.  This also makes a good litter.  Wood shavings are not recommended, but If you decide you would prefer to use wood shavings, use only Aspen. Do NOT use cedar as it contains carcinogenic phenols that are known to cause respiratory illness and even death. Careful attention must be paid to a male’s genitals if litter or shavings of any kind are used, as it can get stuck to, or under, their penal shaft.