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Old 09-26-2018, 08:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,
I had my hedgehog just under two weeks and turns out he's a climber. Today he finally felt comfortable enough to roam around his cage while I was in the room awake. He climbed all the way to the top of the cage using the bars and then fell to the cage floor. It looked pretty sore but he seems fine - he didn't show any sings of discomfort and continues to explore his cage. I know that heights can be very dangerous for hegies. Any suggestions? Do u think after falling he might learn his lesson?
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Old 09-26-2018, 10:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi, hope he's ok!
Nope he'll probably continue to do it ><
My boy did until his wheel arrived and then he seemed content with his new home. He went from trying to escape the cage at first to then getting excited to go back in it after bonding time lol.

If he can climb the bars, it's best to add coroplast to the wire part using zip ties so he can't climb anymore. They're not very good climbers, although will attempt it. Just monitor him, make sure he is walking and running ok and still eating, drinking and pooping/peeping. Also check him over for any bruises the next few days. Any changes in behaviour or appearance then it's best to take him to the vet to get checked over.
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Old 09-27-2018, 03:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Some people get cardboard messure to size of each side make holes just big enough for cable ties on the ends and tie and two in the middle each side of a bar on every bit of cardboard and then they tie it on to the bars just above the platic on the inside of the cage to stop them climbing
If your getting a wheel or have a wheel that clips on the cage you just make the hole for that but only when you are adding it

Some hedgehogs also still try climbing those bars even with a wheel in there so I’d just leave it there as an all time fix.

Some cover all the bars on the side 1 to stop them climbing and 2 to keep heat in better.

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Old 10-04-2018, 10:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm wondering why glass tanks are not more popular as hedgie cages just for this same scenario. I chose an 18 36 reptile breeder tank with a screen top for Kiwi specifically for safety from falls and escapes and also for climate control. I live in an older mobile home with wood heat so it would be impossible for me to regulate her temps in an open wire cage. After reading past posts I was worried about my choice but could not realy find a better option.

I have an under tank heat pad plugged into a thermostat that I can set to help even out the highs and lows and I'm using fleece/yoga mat cage liners. For bedding she has a nice wooden cave and I gave her one of my old knit stocking caps for bedding. She can lay on top, under neith or inside as she chooses.

I used industrial strength Velcro sticky tabs to attach her water bottle hanger to the glass. She has lots of room for her wheel and litter box and toys.

I love her so much it hurts.... But now I'm wondering off topic. Lol
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The glass tanks are great for heat and them not climbing yes, but ventalation isnt that great. As they need a lot and a glass tank with tank screen wont have that great of ventaltion then you have to try and add some and if its all glass that can be hard. This is why people dont got for all glass tanks.

However If you have a large vivarium, you can easily add more ventaltion as its got wood. You just have plastic stuck to the bottom to stop anything getting into the wood, this they cant climb either but its better for adding more ventaltion.
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So how can I tell if there is not enough ventilation? I'm not seeing any sign if condensation and she seems to be breathing fine.

I clean regularly and change her litter pan often and clean her wheel every morning.

I'm using a non clumping natural cat litter made from DE. Its similar to the stuff they use in auto shops to soak up oil spills and chemicals but made to be dust free for cats. It soaks up the pee and dries quickly and also sucks all the moisture out of her poo so it really minimizes smell. A corner of her pan is also under her water bottle so there is no wet drip spot and I'm using fleece bedding that I change weekly.

I tried a water bowl after reading that bottles were bad for their teeth but she would not drink out of it. She was raised on a bottle so I let her have it back.

She seems happy with her space but I don't want to miss something that could be a problem down the road.
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I honestly dont know how to tell if they dont have enough ventaltion-I’m not an expert. I just know that an all glass cage isnt good for ventaltion. I dont really know what sorta of things it causes but I can see if I can find something and tell uou.
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Aquariums are the glass tanks that shouldn't be used as they don't have enough ventilation. Breeder reptile glass terrariums are generally fine. They sometimes have extra ventilation grid strips on the sides or along the length too. Breeder glass vivs usually come with additional options to add side vents sometimes, so depending on your climate you could try and get side vents if this is an option.

I'd suggest getting a hygrometer reader so you can monitor the humidity inside the viv, this will be a good indicator to show if it's too humid inside the viv and you need more ventilation.
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A tank that is only 18x36 inches is way to small for a hedgehog. You would need one at least 24x48 inches to meet the minimum recommended requirements.
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