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Old 01-02-2013, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I'm new to the hedgehog world and I have a few questions.
I haven't gotten my hedgehog yet, I will hopefully get one this weekend. I've seen a lot of pictures of cages on here and decided to connect two 110 quart tubs with a PVC pipe. How many inches in diameter do you think would be good for the hedgie to fit through? Will the pipe stay in place by itself, or will I need to glue it somehow? Also, if I ever needed to change the hedgehog's food to a different brand of cat food, would this be possible to accomplish? All tips and suggestions are welcome!
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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4" PVC pipe or larger is what to use.

If you're getting a baby, switching the food is definitely possible. It can be more difficult if it's an adult that's been eating only one food for its whole life. Hedgehogs are very picky and it's best to feed a mix of at least two kinds of food. You'll want to get some of the food your hedgie has been eating when you pick him/her up, and use that to slowly transition to a new kind over 2 weeks or so - although if the food they're on already is crap, they'll often switch on their own much faster when offered a high quality food.

Where are you getting your hedgehog from? A reputable breeder is the best option, if at all possible.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm going to the Scott Smith's All Animal expo in Wheaton,Illinois. It's kind of by Chicago. I always see a few vendor people with hedgehogs so hopefully everything goes well. I've went on the expo's website to try and find the hedgehog breeders but they don't seem to update that information on the site often.
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Not sure on how reputable breeders at an expo would be...It might be better to look up a breeder where you would go to their home to get your hedgehog, but I don't have any experience with expos, so I'm not sure.

In regards to tips & tricks though, in case you haven't seen it yet...I highly recommend checking out this hedgehog care book written by one of our mods LizardGirl - http://www.westcoasthedgehogs.com/files ... index.html It's free to download and a great resource to have on hand. It has a ton of good information for new and old owners, and you can buy a hard copy too, if you want.
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Wow that's awesome thanks!!
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Most, if not all, of people who sell at expos are "wholesalers" and would not be considered reputable breeders. Take the time to look around for a breeder in your area and make sure they have a good reputation. Even if it takes longer that way, you'll be better off in the long run.
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