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Old 06-13-2012, 05:41 PM   #31 (permalink)
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For Squiggy's digging urges I made him a dig box out of a shoe box lid, and aquarium marbles that were disinfected by boiling first. I hide his mealies and crickets in there and he goes nuts for it. Much less messy and less health hazard than Carefresh.
I think I'm going to look into fleece strips for the bottom level and just a plain liner for the top Do you think changing his bedding all of the sudden would stress him out any???????
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I think I'm going to look into fleece strips for the bottom level and just a plain liner for the top Do you think changing his bedding all of the sudden would stress him out any???????
Changing his bedding shouldn't stress him He'll be fine.

How big is your cage? That'd be a lot of fleece strips to cover the bottom of the cage. Most people just put them in one section of a cage. But you can do the whole bottom level
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I think the cage should be cleaned once a week (or more if necessary). There is a lot of bacteria in the cage, that I personally don't feel comfortable just leaving. Hedgehogs run on their wheel all night and poop and pee. The poop and pee stays on their feet, they they walk about the cage, taking bacteria with them. They sometimes stand on or in their food and water bowls, putting bacteria in their food and water.

Personally, I think the bowls and wheel should be washed daily. The liners should be washed once or twice a week, and the whole cage should be sterilized once a week.
Well truthfully I wasn't wanting to change his cage that often because his bedding isn't cheap. However, after reading multiple replies to my question I think I'm switching right away to fleece strips which I'll just wash for freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I do clean his wheel and food and water dishes daily though
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Changing his bedding shouldn't stress him He'll be fine. How big is your cage? That'd be a lot of fleece strips to cover the bottom of the cage. Most people just put them in one section of a cage. But you can do the whole bottom level
It is large clear tube with no lid on it for plenty of air
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Well truthfully I wasn't wanting to change his cage that often because his bedding isn't cheap. However, after reading multiple replies to my question I think I'm switching right away to fleece strips which I'll just wash for freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I do clean his wheel and food and water dishes daily though
Make sure you use fleece for the strips. That's the only fabric that is safe for strips, because it doesn't fray. So when you buy fabric, if you aren't familiar with fabric, just make sure it's fleece

When you wash the fleece, make sure you use scent free laundry detergent. Personally, I use Tide Free and Gentle (I think). And don't use fabric softener. They are sensitive to smells, which is why you want scent free


You actually need to have a lid. Hedgehogs can escape from bins sometimes. You also need to drill holes around the sides for more ventilation

Do you have a heat and light setup?
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Make sure you use fleece for the strips. That's the only fabric that is safe for strips, because it doesn't fray. So when you buy fabric, if you aren't familiar with fabric, just make sure it's fleece

When you wash the fleece, make sure you use scent free laundry detergent. Personally, I use Tide Free and Gentle (I think). And don't use fabric softener. They are sensitive to smells, which is why you want scent free


You actually need to have a lid. Hedgehogs can escape from bins sometimes. You also need to drill holes around the sides for more ventilation

Do you have a heat and light setup?
I'll make sure it's fleece The breeder I purchased him from had a whole room of hedgehog cages with no lids. I was told it was safe I have a thermostat right above his cage to monitor the temp. Also I have a lamp right beside his cage
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I'll make sure it's fleece The breeder I purchased him from had a whole room of hedgehog cages with no lids. I was told it was safe I have a thermostat right above his cage to monitor the temp. Also I have a lamp right beside his cage
Yeah, having a lid is a better safe than sorry thing. Hedgehogs can be escape artists. Having a hedgie escape is pretty scary since they are hard to find.

I want to add, instead of adding an extra level, why not just add an extra bin? It would be hard to add an extra level to a bin. But it's really easy to just put another bin beside it You just connect the two (or more) bins with a 4" PVC pipe.
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Yeah, having a lid is a better safe than sorry thing. Hedgehogs can be escape artists. Having a hedgie escape is pretty scary since they are hard to find.I want to add, instead of adding an extra level, why not just add an extra bin? It would be hard to add an extra level to a bin. But it's really easy to just put another bin beside it You just connect the two (or more) bins with a 4" PVC pipe.
That's an idea How would I keep the PVC pipe in place????????????????????
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You just make a large hole that is just big enough for the PVC pipe. It will be a tight fit. Or you can get a PVC pipe and two connecting pieces like this http://www.homedepot.com/Plumbing-Pipes ... reId=10051 Then you put the pipe through both holes, and put one of these on both ends. They end is slightly raised, so it can't be pulled back through the hole.
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You just make a large hole that is just big enough for the PVC pipe.
So my hedgehog won't dislodge the pipe and escape?????
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