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Old 04-06-2010, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is this cage ok temporarily / any temporary cage ideas?

My new hedgie Oakley, whom I recently rescued from my local SPCA 2 days ago, came with one of those plastic/wire zoo zone cages.


It was a bit of an impulse rescue, and even though I knew I had all the essentials at home before I rescued him ( food, water, extra wheel, litter, heat lamp, heat bulb, thermostat, liners) the one thing I didn't have set up is a cage. I was planning on whipping him together a C&C cage and getting him out the zoozone cage within the next few days, but then I discovered that midwest makes a wonderful cage that's actually cheaper for me than building a C&C. I've been trying to get a hold of one (see other post: viewtopic.php?f=21&t=5427) and have a pet store trying to get me one in 2-3 weeks but am trying to find another place I can get one sooner.

My question is: is the zoozone cage OK to use till then? I know it's way too small, and the ventilation isn't the best, but I've been letting Oakley out for a few hours each night to run around, and I'm using liners instead of shavings so it's not dusty. If not, any other suggestions for a better temporary cage? I was thinking sterlite bin maybe, but I hate using them with heat lamps cause I'm always worried about melting plastic.

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Old 04-06-2010, 03:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You let your hedgies out a lot to play and exercise so that cage should be ok as a temporary until you get your new set up
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As a temporary cage it will be fine.
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Thanks Nancy and Hedgieonboard, I was starting to worry a bit when they told me it might be a few weeks before I can get the cage. I let Oakley run to his heart's content around my entire room (hedgie proofed) every night though so I think he gets enough exercise. He runs on his flying saucer wheel every night too in the cage so hopefully he'll be happy till the new cage comes.
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As a temporary cage, even for 2 weeks it will be fine.
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From observing previous threads about this (or similar) cages, I think the North American verdict is that it's alright as a temporary cage. There are many UK owners though who use it as the main cage.

I'm on the verdict of a temp cage, but thought I would post the UK observation to be fair.
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