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Old 04-24-2012, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I am getting a new baby in june and I have been doing my research but I am curious... Do hedgies cages smell?? do the hedgies smell themselves?? and if so what is a safe way to eliminate odor around and in the cage? The cage is going tobe in my bedroom right at the head of my bed and the last thing i want is to have a stinky little one. I have had guinea pigs and the smell was so intense the cage had to be cleaned with bleach every week! Also what is the best shampoo to use to wash your little one with like what brand? also is there any natural alternatives that people use?
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The poop smell can be way to much for lots of owners, the cage will need a good through cleaning once or twice a week. A good air purifier will help some, here's the ones I use ... -W/9189156
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The wheel and surrounding areas are what will smell the worst... and I can tell you after a weekend of leaving poor Amelia unattended (hey, Opening Day tickets don't come around often), she pooped us out of our bedroom.
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The poo is not what usually bothers me - her poo isn't always that smelly. For some reason, whenever she pees, even after I clean it up I can smell it FOREVER hahaha. Vinegar spray and Lysol scrubby wipes are our best friends over here (:
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You might want to rethink the "right at my head" location on your room. They don't overly smell, but fresh poop can be more pungent, especially babies and especially when you are slowly introducing new foods. I used to keep my boy in my room, and unless it was a fresh poop, he wasn't overly smelly. I'd say he was about 2-3 metres away from the head of my bed. I would spot clean daily, and do a complete liner change once per week. Though when he was a baby, I did a complete liner change every 3-4 days, just because of the amount of poop, and he was messier then.

Also, depending on how light of a sleeper you are, and what type of wheel you are thinking of buying, it may be noisy. Some of the better wheels may still rattle the cage bars(again, depending on the type of cage). Getting one of Larry's wheels would be best and quietest.
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Depending on what you feed them, it can make them smellier. Personally the poo does not bother me, the urine does sometimes.

Over all I have not found my hedgehogs to be overly smelly, but I do clean them often. I am probably a little weird about keeping them clean.

Different beddings can help. I use liners with my girl, but my boy gets a recycled paper bedding and a liner in his igloo. Liners even though they are better for the hedgehog, do get smellier/messier. That being said, grey care fresh bedding is smelly to me so..Honestly, it can just depend on the individual.

They DO NOT smell as bad as g-pigs or rabbits can.
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