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Old 01-29-2019, 06:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I do not have a hedgehog yet, but I am currently in the process of ordering things for his cage as he is coming in two weeks. I am planning on getting a plastic tub, cutting a hole out of the side, and filling it with some pom poms for his dig box. Is plastic acceptable, or should I use a different material? If so, can you recommend anything else to use?
As for the silicone, I have silicone coasters that I was going to use to place my future hedgie’s food and water bowls on so that if anything spills, there won’t be a mess. Is silicone acceptable either?
Help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Hey there! Thanks for the questions; better to have all the answers! First off, the only problem I see with the plastic would be the sides you cut- plastic can get really sharp after it’s bedn cut. If you can smooth those cuts down, it shouldn’t be a problem! As for alternatives, I have used empty tissue boxes or even cereal boxes in the past. Just make sure all plastic film and glue is ripped off, and it can be used as a dig box!

What kind of flooring will your hedgehog be living on? If you’re using fleece, that’s water absorbent and can take spills. If you’re using shavings, I can see the desire to extend the longetivity of the shavings. If you’re using a plastic tub, you could simply put a small piece of fleece under the bowls. The idea of silicone is kind of the same as glue on a tissue box- hedgies are known to bite at so many things, usually to just get a sense of what it is, but the silicone might just be soft enough for him to get a crunch out of and try to injest. I wouldn’t reccomend it, but if you really want to try it, try it! Just make sure you are observing his behaviors around it 🙂
Hope this helps!
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