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Old 11-14-2019, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow How do I prevent my hedgehog from getting under the fleece?

I don't like my hedgie to get under the fleece for a variety of reasons. He'll make a mess, knock over food/water bowls, and it's unpleasant for the both of us when I have to eventually dig him out from under there. I also get very worried that in the worst-case scenario, he won't find his way out of the fleece and eventually starve.

What I usually do for my hedgehog is binder clip the fleece to my cage bars so the edges are actually lifted to prevent him from finding a spot to burrow underneath. I actually use an excessive amount of clips too (about 15+) because if he's determined enough, he'll find a loose edge to slip into.

However, I am expected to board my hedgehog at a friend's place while I'm overseas for a few months and I don't want to expect my friend to do the same. It's quite tedious to do so and they're already doing me a favor by boarding my little one while I'm gone. Is there any easier solution for this?

He already has a hut with a snuggle sack in it. It's where he mostly sleeps. He also has a tube he can scurry in.
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Old 11-14-2019, 12:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How does the fleece look like, can we see a picture?

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Old 11-14-2019, 01:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hedgehogs like to burrow, so 'liner-diving' is a pretty common problem. What I do, is place a loose fleece blanket on top of her liner, and she also a tube that leads into it (the loose blanket pile; like this https://www.instagram.com/p/B4Lloavnmy1/). Ever since i did that, she hasnt dug up her liner.
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Old 11-14-2019, 01:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I added a "digging box" to my cage. Since then she slowly stopped to dig.

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Old 05-12-2020, 11:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I bought velcro strips off of amazon. A couple strips on the sides of cage, a couple on the sides of fabric! Also make sure there are plenty of other burrowing opportunities. I highly recommend dig boxes and plenty of hides
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Old 05-17-2020, 07:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Another idea is, rather than using the binder clips up on the cage bars, have it flat. Cut a piece of coroplast (or even cardboard for temporary) that is just half a cm. smaller than your cage floor. Wrap fleece around the board and binder clip it. Put that down on the cage floor. Then put a loose piece of fleece on top somewhere (other than where is bowls are). That way he can crawl under the loose fleece. He won't be able to get under the board.

My cage doesn't have bars, but I use this method to prevent him from getting under the bottom-most layer of fleece. Hopefully the photos below will make this concept more clear. In my case, I have a fleece pad clipped on top of that board, but you could also wrap a piece of fleece around the board, then clip it on the board edges.

1st photo shows the cut piece of coroplast just smaller than my cage floor.
2nd photo shows the (padded) fleece clipped to the board.
3rd shows the clipped fleece inside the cage
4th shows all the stuff set in the cage on top of the false floor. (In this photo, the clipped fleece has the white side facing up.)
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Old 05-20-2020, 12:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I just folded teh fleece to the right size and then sewed the edges together so she can't burrow under them.
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