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Old 03-30-2012, 06:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Wood getting stuck in my hedgehog?

I use chipsi wood medium for the flooring of my hedgehogs 'home' which is basically wood chips. But twice now I have found it literally wedged in his 'boy parts'!!! Which must be so painful for him? Has anyone else had this problem? Could anyone suggest anything else I could use?
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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fleece works the best, you don't have to sew the edges
make enough liners so you always have some clean.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ouch! Poor little guy! Unfortunately, this is why we strong discourage hedgie owners from using wood chips and cob- it can easily lodge in boys sheath. It can lead to major urinary health problems as well as infections. I would change the bedding out immediately as this is not going to change. Keeping the wood chips is only asking for your hedgie to injure himself.

Like GoGrnny said, fleece liners are the best. You can pick up a length of fleece from most craft stores and cut them to the size needed. I usually buy enough so that I have 6 extra (7 total). The initial investment is a little steep, but once you buy the fleece you don't have to purchase any new for a long time- and your boy won't be getting anything lodged in his peep anymore.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yesterdays News (recycled paper pellets) is also a good choice. It comes in large, medium size pellets of sorts and in my experience it has never gotten caught in my hedgehogs penile sheath. It also doesn't stick to them like wood chips do and the pieces are quite large. Of course though the "safest" bet would be fleece.
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Old 03-31-2012, 01:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks guys I'll go for a fleece liner. Wish my hedgehogs breeder wouldn't of told me this instead of telling me to use it!
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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totally worth the expense and alot cleaner i have a boy as well and did this after i had him a week glad i did it
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