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 Caging Options


Choosing a cage for your pet hedgehog is an important first step before you even bring it home. There are many types of cages that are acceptable.  Let's look at a few.

Aquariums: 

Pros: 30 gallon size or larger aquariums make good homes.  They are easy to clean and offer good visibility

Cons: Providing good ventilation can be a problem.   As well, Aquariums are heavy and can be difficult to move

Sterilite Storage Containers:

Pros: easy to clean and sterilize.  They are light weight, yet sturdy; available in a variety of sizes suitable for single and multiple hedgehogs; came in clear and translucent colours; and, they are extremely inexpensive. (about $8 USF for the 96 quart-size at Wal-Mart)

Cons: To provide good ventilation they should have 1/2 - 5/8 inch holes drilled in the somewhat brittle plastic walls.

Click here to learn how to build a cage from 2 plastic containers

Rabbit Cages:

Pros: They are usually the correct size for hedgehogs

Cons: Most have wire flooring that a hedgehog's feet will slip through. The holes in the wire walls and ceilings are large enough for a hedgehog to climb, slip and fall.  Bruises, broken limbs and even death can result.

Ferret Cages:

Pros:  Wire enclosed ferret cages that have plastic trays make suitable hedgehog enclosures.  Multi-level units with ramps provide lots of floor space for adequate exercise.  They are easy to clean and provide good ventilation. ... they offer large floor plans, solid level ramps, excellent ventilation, and are easy to clean. 

Cons: The wire walls may be wide enough for a young hedgehog to slip its head through. Make certain that the wire bars are spaced no more than 1/2 inch apart.  The large size of these cages makes them difficult to move and transport easily.

Cavy Cages:

Click the link below to learn about the innovative Coroplast and wire cages that many pet owners and breeders are now using.

www.cavycages.com

 


 

 

 

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