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Old 05-17-2009, 01:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What toys do Hedgehogs like?

Ok so im getting a hedgehog soon for the first time and am wondering what toys are good for them like what do they like to play with and like the best.. Pictures of some nice toys would be very useful to!
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: What toys do Hedgehogs like?

theres a thread on this

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=59

but after my research and what ive found out here, this is the list i came up with
TOYS:
toilet paper tube(cut lenght wise to avoid hedgie getting stuck)
Plastic Easter eggs, put treat inside, and they can learn how to open it and get the treat!
Plastic dump trucks, they can learn to dump it and get the treat
Kleenex box
Stuff with bedding and it can be used as a bed or a hide away
Old Socks
*Made out of fleece. These can become a favorite pillow that gets dragged around the cage. Tie off or sew the top closed. You can also stuff the toe with a tennis ball. Cut the toe off and they can crawl through it!
Tennis Balls:
May be better than cat toys as they will roll around easier on bedding.
Ping Pong Balls
To push around.
Small, Lightweight Bowls
Items that they can toss or get inside, like an empty cottage cheese container.
Pine Cones
Pine cones don't have the pine bedding risk, but they should be sterilized first. Bake first to sterilize at approximately 200 for 20-30 minutes on foil to catch any sap drippings. These might be a favorite.
Small paper grocery bags: These are easy to find and inexpensive. Just fold and toss when dirty. I have found that if I lay one on its side that the hiding and exploring personalities might enjoy.
Crumpled up pieces of paper: Some hedgehogs enjoy pushing these around, and the exploring type may find them interesting until they figure out what it is.

Sheets of newspaper or wrapping paper:
These items can be fun for hedgehogs to explore and crawl under, and it can make interesting noises
which some hedgehogs apparently find entertaining. Most newspaper ink is now made from soy-based dyes which are safe, but check with your newspaper company to be sure. Also, make sure that there are no staples which could poke the hedgehog in the eye
Mirrors
On the outside of the cage. If they are on the inside, make sure they are pet-safe.
Plumbing Pipe
If you already have some 4" wide plumbing pipe, the different joint combinations (T's and elbows and +'s) can make interesting tunnels for the hedgies to run through and hide in. Please be aware that while PVC pipe is not toxic to your hedgehog, it is one of the most environmentally damaging plastics on the planet.
Small Stuffed Animals
These can be used in the same way as stuffed socks. Some hedgehogs use them as pillows or something else to cuddle up with. IF your hedgehogs chews on the stuffed toy, the stuffing inside may be harmful. In that case, you should switch to a sock stuffed with bedding, or if your hedgehog really likes a particular stuffed toy, but chews enough to get to the stuffing inside, you could replace the stuffing with
bedding and sew it back up.
Paper Bowl
This can become a favorite to be dragged around the cage.

Snuggle Sacks:

Cut out the pocket of a pull over hoodie, sew 1 end closed, and stuff with fleece strips or bedding!

hope this helps<3
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The only thing is, I wouldn't use an old sock as a play toy. It's too easy to get nails caught in the thread or have loose strings getting wrapped around a leg. If you want to still have something like it, you could make a fleece sock for them to play in/with.
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Old 05-17-2009, 04:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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oh?? can you not used stuff socks then as that was one of the things i was hopeing to use? so the next person who anwsers please say if you can use stuf socks or not? and thanks to the other person too as all of those ideas were VERY helpful thanks x
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I would still use fleece rather than an actual sock. It would take very little fleece to make a small pillow, and if you are buying fleece anyway for liners, sleeping bags, etc. you could just make a little pillow out of the scraps. It's easier than risking the loose threads from old socks, whether they're sewn shut or tied shut.
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Ok ill use some fleese instead... Is there any thing that i can play WITH the hedgehog?
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Some hedgehogs will play tug-o-war with things like paper towel, string/rope, fleece strips, etc. If you try though, make sure it's nothing that will chip the hedgie's teeth. String or rope should only be used in supervised play time, too.
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ahh Thank you
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Mine also likes to play with/in Mac & cheese boxes (you could use any type of box)
And the empty oatmeal containers with the bottom cut off. (makes a nice tunnel)
And exploring under blankets.
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I agree, I wouldn't use a sock, loaaads of threads to get caught up in inside, or cut of circulation, rip nails off etc. I know it seems overprotective, but you'd be surprised how much it does happen.
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