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Old 09-10-2008, 11:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sterilite Bins?

It's been a while since I've had a hedgie and when I did have her I had a wire cage. I'd like to try something different this time. What are yalls opinions on sterilite bins? Would you drill holes in it and leave the top on or just leave the top off? If you wouldn't use a sterilite bin, what would you use and why?

I've been thinking alot about using liners or shavings, last time I used liners but she'd always crawl under them instead of in her hedgie bag lol. I was thinking about using liners again, but I'd like opinions on shavings or anything else.

I'm now prepared and have a space heater and heating pads. My question with those is, if I do decide to go with the sterilite bins, will it be ok to put the heating pads under them?

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Old 09-10-2008, 11:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Sterilite Bins?

I have a sterilite bin, and I just leave the top off. I use liners, and it's super easy. The hardest thing about using a sterilite bin is the heating- You have to have a space heater because heat emitters build up too much heat and heating pads can get to be too hot for hedgies. I definitely would go for it, they're super easy to keep clean too, and if you ever need to move the cage around you can just pick it up or drag it (which may not seem necessary to most people, but since I'm in college he gets shuffled around between my dorm and my house for vacations and such). Good luck!
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Awesome! Thanks!
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Old 09-11-2008, 06:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Jade has one too( a sterilyte bin), but i always leave the lid on(modified with a metal screen for ventilation at times she's active. i don't wanna risk anything. I know that what i'm about to say is extremely over-procautionative and has a .0000000001% chance of happening, but i wan't to risk none of these cuz i love her with all my heart. I have heard of a hedgie who did something like this but a bit less complex, and escaped. Plus, Jade does 1 or 2 of the following sometimes, and she's a smart hedgie. She could overtrun her litterbox by pushing her bowls there, making it higher, causing a ramp up the wheel, wedge her hedgie hat under the wheel so it won't turn, put her blanket on the ramps end so the steep part of the wheel has traction, climb up, and jump out of her cage. I've never seen her Jump, but still. There have been a couple modifications scince the pic, but I don't feel like typing much more.
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My hedgie has gotten out a couple times (mainly in the past couple of days - once they get it in their head that they want to escape, they just dont stop trying...), and it was in the middle of the night, and he had squeezed under my door, went into my parents room, and I dont know where he was in there but he woke my mom up and she was REALLY mad at me in the morning, and threatened to get rid of him but luckily I've fixed the problem so theres no way he can get out now! =D
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