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Old 02-09-2013, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So my new hedgehog, Dahlia, likes to sleep in her litter pan underneath her wheel. This is hardly sanitary, but she only sleeps there when I am asleep so i can't monitor her. Is there anything I can do to make her litter pan more undesirable as a bed?? Thank you in advance
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It may not be quite as bad as you think. Sophie's litter pad gets shaken clean every day and replaced every other day, and she gets three foot and belly baths a week, so even if she did that it might not be a problem. 'Debris' typically runs off in front of the wheel. The area under the wheel is the cleanest part of her litter pad.

Do you have pictures of the cage, of the space? What are her options? Sophie has her house with a burrow of fleece pieces inside. She also has a 2' PVC tunnel with a 90 degree long-sweep elbow to hide in, and a stack of fleece pieces outside her house.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What other hideaway/sleeping spots does she have? Hedgehogs like to feel enclosed and "compressed" when they're sleeping, it's more safe, so they like small spaces they can squeeze into. If you're using something like an igloo, that might be your problem - all of mine hate those, there's too much open space inside. Try a sleeping bag if you don't have one already.
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What other hideaway/sleeping spots does she have? Hedgehogs like to feel enclosed and "compressed" when they're sleeping, it's more safe, so they like small spaces they can squeeze into. If you're using something like an igloo, that might be your problem - all of mine hate those, there's too much open space inside. Try a sleeping bag if you don't have one already.
This is exactly my observation as well. Sophie used to use her igloo/burrow every night when she was a baby. But now she is just over a year old and rarely sleeps in her house, even though it has a substantial burrow all ready for her. Her #1 spot recently has been in one of her tunnels, the one that I 'pre-build' a burrow in for her. I stuff it pretty good with fleece strips and squares. Somehow she is able to squirm her way to the middle of the pipe and hardly displace any of the fleece at all.


I don't have a video just of waking her up from that tunnel. This link starts into another video at 12:06, which is when I go after her:
(12:06 into 15:09 = 3:03)
fleece-pieces-house-cover-13-02-06.mp4
http://youtu.be/hCEbhdPHyYk?t=12m9s


Wake up call in her house:
(3:55)
wake-up-call-13-01-05.mp4
http://youtu.be/vEvKBzNcCW0


Wake up call in her front tunnel. Sophie built this burrow entirely by herself, dragging in every single piece that you see me taking out.
(2:47)
front-tunnel-burrow-12-10-2.mp4
http://youtu.be/0drd0Gk-V3Q


Sophie loves her hedgie sacks. I don't use them in her cage. They are only for when she is out with me, but lots of people use hedgie sacks in the cage. For Sophie, the tighter the space the happier she is and hedgie sacks are great for that. She'll try to bore a hole through the back corner. Ha!
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Yeah i just have a long piece of straight pvc, an igloo, and her wheel. I know i should probably get a sleeping bag, it's just that funds are kinda tight. I'd love to give her a bath it's just that I've only had her for almost a week so she isn't totally warmed up to me. She is more of an explorer than a cuddler so she is always trying to find a way out of my hands and out of my lap. haha Maybe i'll try her in the bath tub and see what she does. Thanks for the replies
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Alright I did not see this on coming. I woke up this morning and didn't see Dahlia in the pan, so i thought alright victory, that means i made her igloo more comfortable. Well i go over to the wheel and it's propped up on its side a little. I move it and there's a giant lump underneath the fleece. Turns out she crawled about foot underneath the fleece and pushed herself underneath the litter pan as well. SMH
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