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Old 03-13-2012, 05:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Bringing Baby Home On The 25th :D

Hi there

On the 25th of March i am going to get my 7 week old hedgehog from the breeder. (I Have Named Her Willow)
Im SO excited. i will be a first time owner. I have done alot of research and write it all down in my notebook so
If i have any questions i can look in my notebook. I just had a couple of questions

1. I have bought a Medium Zoozone Cage for her, is this big enough?
2. What should i expect in the first week or so?
3. It is a 2 and a half hour drive to collect her. What can i do to make it comfortable?

Thank you.

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Old 03-13-2012, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You will need a wheel that is (at least) 12 inches in diameter, and if I looked up the right cage, the lid is way too low for a wheel that size. Your girl will also want a home/igloo to sleep in (Most of us have the medium size, though some have different homes or the larger one. ... aways.aspx)
Those alone take up a lot of room. Again, I might have looked up the wrong cage, but the one Im looking at seems too small.
When you take her home, leave her be for the first 24-48 hours. Even though that sounds hard, it'll be best for her as she's readjusting to the smells and sounds of her new home. After that, you can take her out and start getting her adjusted to you. Be gentle and quiet, and keep the visits short so she doesnt get stressed, but I think everything else is pretty self explanatory, if you've done research.
Most of the members reccomend a small cat carrier for car rides. Some people with shorter drives home from breeders have used cardboard boxes, but I believe it's best for your girl if you find a hard-sided carrier for the trip. Fill the carrier with fleece and blankets. You also need to get handwarmers. I just put mine (I had four, for a hour or so long of a trip, and they stayed the hot the whole time, but check the package for an estimated time) under one of the blankets, as she had a large cuddle cup and wasn't rustling around in loose fleece. Other people suggest placing them in socks so the hedgie isn't able to somehow break open the packs. Some hedgies do get carsick, so it's reccomended not to give food or water during the trip. She should be fine without either for the trip, as long as they are both available to her when she's home.
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The cage is quite small. Return it and try to pick up a much larger one. If you're handy, you can make a C&C cage yourself, which will cost about $40-$50. They need a wheel. The only one acceptable in pet stores is the Comfort Wheel, and even that has it's major problems. If you can, order a CSW from Larry here on the forums. They're the perfect size and they're absolutely silent.
First week, expect lots of sleeping and lots of poop, and not a whole lot of activity for the first month, really.
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You can also use a .105 qt rubbermaid bigger is better this is a ok size tho fits everything nice. It's like 14 bucks. I tell all my customers to get a wheel from Larry. With a new baby your most imp thing is your temp no lower then 75 I recomend with 75 theirs room on both sides.
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Congrats! See you have a zoozone cage are you in the UK?
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have to wait for the cage to arrive first! Delivery was delayed due to new warehouse changes.
I am in the UK yes. I was thinking a vivarium but i didn't realise how cheap you could get them until i already bought it.
I understand she needs a wheel i am getting a silent spinner.
thank you for your help. i just need to sort out the cage before the 25th and all should be well!
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I would steer clear of the Silent Spinner. It's not considered safe for hedgies. The middle seam can catch their toes and nails and rip them off. There is a picture I believe on the review section of the wheel and it should suffice for proof of how dangerous it is. The comfort wheel is really the only commercial wheel available for hedgies...Larry makes a GREAT wheel too- however, the shipping might be a little expensive.
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