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Old 10-28-2012, 02:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ive always struggled for toys and entertainment for my hog as he is not easily pleased! Cat balls are a no go. tunnels he just sits in once and never return. Other than a wheel, do you guys have any ideas?
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you have a dig box? Mine loves his dig box! I have river pebbles in it (big enough so they don't fit in his mouth but not too big) and I hide mealies in it sometimes, so he has to dig them out. He loves it you can also put fleece strips in it - or something else, but the stones are a big hit here!
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i have the same problem with Clem! She doesn't care about anything else but her wheel. Can't wait to hear some ideas!


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Hot Wheels are the most popular with my gang.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
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For Lily, I got a bunch of things that I could hide treats in, under, or around. Plastic aquarium plants (making sure of no sharp pointy bits), a dig box, a couple mini stuffed animals, and this "Hide and Go Treat" bird toy - http://s.petco.com/assets/product_image ... 06427C.jpg I started hiding treats for every night, thawed frozen crickets, mealworm pupae, and a couple of cat treats that I got for her. It only took her a couple nights to figure things out, and after that as soon as I'd put her back in her cage, she did her "rounds", stopping by every hiding place to check for treats. I especially loved the "Hide and Go Treat" one - I trained her into it, not sure if she'd find the cricket right away and not wanting it hanging around the cage all night. The first time, I left the cricket hanging half out, then moved it a bit more in the next time, etc. She learned to move the door with her nose pretty quickly!
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For Lily, I got a bunch of things that I could hide treats in, under, or around. Plastic aquarium plants (making sure of no sharp pointy bits), a dig box, a couple mini stuffed animals, and this "Hide and Go Treat" bird toy - http://s.petco.com/assets/product_image ... 06427C.jpg I started hiding treats for every night, thawed frozen crickets, mealworm pupae, and a couple of cat treats that I got for her. It only took her a couple nights to figure things out, and after that as soon as I'd put her back in her cage, she did her "rounds", stopping by every hiding place to check for treats. I especially loved the "Hide and Go Treat" one - I trained her into it, not sure if she'd find the cricket right away and not wanting it hanging around the cage all night. The first time, I left the cricket hanging half out, then moved it a bit more in the next time, etc. She learned to move the door with her nose pretty quickly!
What do you use for cat treats?! I have hidden mealworms in Clem's cage before and she just ignores them, which is weird because when I feed them to her during play time, she gobbles them down so fast. (given i do have to basically slap her in the face with them before she realizes they're there)
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It could be she has trouble finding them? Some hedgehogs aren't really the best hunters. That was why I used frozen crickets and aliens - they don't move or hide themselves further, so they wouldn't get loose in my room & I could check to make sure she'd eaten them all.

These are some of the cat treats I tried out with Lily. I worked at a pet store and had a ton of time to browse for possible treat & enrichment item ideas for her while straightening shelves, etc. These are the treats that I felt had good ingredients and wouldn't pose any problems for Lily -

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j ... lInUS%2FNo Greenies chicken flavored, I cut them in half for Lily since they were a bit big. She wasn't a huge fan of these though, and ignored them most of the time. I've seen other people have better luck with them though.

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j ... lInUS%2FNo PureBites freeze-dried treats, I used the shrimp ones to try a different meat for her. She liked them alright, she ignored them once in awhile, but usually ate them. I usually only gave her one every couple nights in combination with other treats hidden, just to make sure she wouldn't have issues with them being freeze-dried.

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j ... Id=4280382 Wellness Pure Delights jerky treats, these ones I was a bit leery of because of them being a bit tougher. I cut them in half, just to be sure she wouldn't choke on them, and she really liked them. I think I gave her the chicken/lamb ones.

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j ... lInUS%2FNo Catswell treats, these ones I didn't get a chance to try, but I'm adding them anyway, because I think they'd make great treats. I'm not sure of the texture though, so they might be tough or sticky like the Wellness jerky treats. I'm not sure if the flaxseed and vitamins would really give much benefit with just being treats, but they can't hurt!

http://www.petco.com/product/115542/Nat ... reats.aspx Natural Balance treats, I got the rabbit flavored ones, again, for a different meat to try. Lily wasn't a huge fan, unfortunately, but I'm not sure if it was because of the different meat or what.

You could also hide little bits of veggies, fruits, or plain cooked meat if you wanted, if there's any that she likes a lot. I just liked the cat treats for being easy to have on hand and ready to go, and not having to worry about them spoiling too fast, and they all have great ingredients.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I too have been searching for idea to keep my guy busy. I just started getting crickets. If I freeze them over night, do they come alive again when dethawed?I doubt it, but my boyfriend's got me thinking and I don't want crickets jumping around the house.If someone can assure me, I'll start sticking them in his dig box.
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Nope, overnight is plenty of time to kill them.
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Thanks for these ideas - is it possible to post a picture of the dig box with the pebbles in it? Auri doesn't seem to like to dig at anything, but I'm always up for trying new things. She has a tube, but she just sits in it with her butt sticking out. Her toilet paper tube is her best friend though! She loves that thing lol
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