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Old Yesterday, 05:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi! I'm sorry for posting so much, but I have a ton of questions... it seems I have a lot to learn! Which is okay because I love learning new things. 🙂
I was thinking about things Prickles and I could do while stuck at home (thanks a lot, Covid-19 ) and I remembered hearing about hedgies dust bathing.
So I wondered, how does one go about doing that? I assume you just get a hedgie safe bowl/container and put sand in it and let him have fun, but what kind of sand? Play sand? Chinchilla bathing dust? Should you bake it before hand?
And is dust bathing really hedgie safe?
Thank you! (And again, sorry for another post right after another)
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No, no dust baths. Chinchilla dust and chinchilla sand are two very different things. What you want is chinchilla sand; it is very important that it's not dust, as it is far too fine for them. I don't like playsand on the basis that it's often much more coarse than bathing sand, but an alternative option would be reptile sand - just make sure that it's natural sand, not calci-sand or anything with added dyes.

Sand baths are perfectly safe for hedgehogs, and I will argue that they are 100% necessary. It's how they clean themselves, and they thoroughly enjoy rolling in them. You can (and should) give them 24/7 access to a sand bath.
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Okay, thank you, I didn't know those were two different things! I feel a bit stupid now. Oops.
So chinchilla SAND is okay, correct? I might order some of it tonight if my parents will let me.
Should I bake the sand to make sure there's no mites in it?
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It's not stupid at all; it's a very common mistake.

Chinchilla sand is safe, yes. I'm not familiar with any US brands though - but I have heard of many reporting quality issues with some brands (like supreme) in the sense that they are more dust like than actual sand. If you'd rather stay on the safe side (unless someone from the US here can recommend you some quality chinchilla sand brands), use reptile sand. It should say 100% natural sand - that's what you want.

No need to bake it, it'll be fine.
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Alright, I'll look for some reptile sand! Hopefully the pet stores will reopen soon. Thank you so much for your help!
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Pet stores should be open as usual! They're viewed as essential services because they sell animal food, so should be operating as normal.
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Oooh, good! Then I'll ask my dad to take me when we make a grocery run next.
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