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Old 03-24-2012, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i saw a massive cage with horizontal bars widely spread apart and a very deep plastic bottom. i was thinking of gettin a hyge plastic seethrough box thinking it would keep her warmer. is that true or is a cage better with a lid etc? i really want to make sure she has the best!
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The cage doesn't need to have a lid, but hedgehogs are great climbers so any bars would need to be blocked off. I saw in another thread you are from the UK. In the UK we generally use wooden vivariums with extra air vents or mesh doors. It is easier to keep vivs warm and the CHE can be attached to the ceiling easily.
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks for your help. i'd like to get a wooden vivarium but will have to wait untill i get paid again. so for now i'll gt one of those massive see through boxes from viking or staples and put ventilation holes in, you think thats suitable?

how many hedgies do you have?

they dont seem very well known as pets over here!
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I have just got my first hedgehog and had her in the same sort of cage, like a big hamster type cage, and wow can she climb those bars! She got to the top and dropped so now Ive not got her in a spare vivarium I had as I was worried she would hurt herself. While changing her over into it I put her into a crate sort of thing I usually store wool in and she climbed up and out of that! Check places like adtrader.co.uk for vivariums you can often get a bargain
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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thanks for your help. i'd like to get a wooden vivarium but will have to wait untill i get paid again. so for now i'll gt one of those massive see through boxes from viking or staples and put ventilation holes in, you think thats suitable?

how many hedgies do you have?

they dont seem very well known as pets over here!
Many people use sterilite bins (the clear plastic bins) for their hogs. It is perfectly acceptable as long as it has lots of floor space, and you provide lots of ventilation.

I would say that a lid is preferable, just as an extra safety measure. I have had my hedgehog climb out of his sterilite bin (before I had the critter nation), by climbing on top of his house and then climbing out of the bin.

Make sure that your hedgie has at least 4 sq ft of space if you get a bin It'll probably be difficult finding one big enough that's actually clear.
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thank you guys.

thats made me feel much more at ease about the bins.

we are looking for a massive one for her
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The best option for having a lid on a bin is to cut the middle out of it. That way there's still plenty of ventilation getting through, but if the hedgehog somehow makes it to the top, they can't go any further because the horizontal inward 'edge' created by the lid isn't something they can climb over.
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:55 AM   #8 (permalink)
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i have heard about their climbing!

i am going to do just that to make sure she stays put. am so excited now and nervous about getting her. have ordered a ceramic lamp and comfort wheel and read all i can on how to care for them..hopefully that will be enough to give her a great life with me. will post a pic of her to show you along with all your gorgeous little ones xxx
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