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Old 02-07-2019, 08:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all! Our hedgie is about 8 months old and for most of his life we’ve put a papertowel in the litter pan under his wheel. Well lately he’s decided to take it out and start eating it. He’s done it 3 times now but it’s not consecutive nights in a row. Any thoughts? Advice? I’m worried if I put yesterday’s news in that he will eat that too and I won’t be able to tell
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Old 02-07-2019, 04:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey there! Hedgies are very mouth curious animals, and could quite possibly be into eating the paper. I would recommend taking the paper out all together; either leave the pan bare or use some non clumping cat litter. Never have I personally met a hedgie that enjoys litter!
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Hedgehogs don’t really have a great eyesight, so they’re main ways of exploring are through tasting and smelling. Your hedgie is probably just exploring. Since this is an issue I’d take out the paper towel and use kitty litter (non-clumping, dust free) instead. Hope this helps!

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We use paper towels to and have found that if we change brands she will chew a little piece once in a while. Maybe they smell different and she anoints with the new smell ,I don't know for sure but she doesn't do it much or often.
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Yesterday's news the cat litter ?? He wont eat that. He will give it a good sniff possibly lick it the first time, but as long you put it in with hands not smelling like food he wont actually eat it. OH and you can tell if the have tried to, you see little chew marks. Holly used to eat the wood pellet litter the breeder gave me, I once saw her, and always saw bite marks where she had been chewing, but hasn't tried with this one.
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Kitty litter, even the non clumping, should never be used for hedgehogs. It can become lodged in the genitals and cause a lot of health issues.
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In reply to Nikki's post, it's true. It happened to my boy when I had cat litter as his bedding. Gosh I got so terrified. I switched to fleece as soon as possible, luckily it didn't seem to affect him in a long lasting way. I still get sick to the stomach thinking about it.
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I fill a tray with Yesterday's News with a paper towel lining the bottom. Back when I had HeijiSan she would physically dig it out and drag it somewhere else. I guess it was fun? Anyways, if they're just chewing it no worries. If by "eating" you actually mean eating then yeah, don't let that continue.
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Kitty litter, even the non clumping, should never be used for hedgehogs. It can become lodged in the genitals and cause a lot of health issues.
I read that cat litter is only an issue when you use it as bedding, but using it in a litter tray is fine. Is that true?
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Cat litter pellets are fine to use as litter. The other cat litters as litter or bedding, clumping or not aren't good, they can get stuck in gentals especially boys which can be painful for them and can also mean vet visits.
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