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Old 08-30-2008, 02:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thought I'd do something useful for my first post and make a list of toys for anyone new and wondering what to get.
Please realize that all hedgies won't play with all of these toys, in fact, some hedgies might not play with any of them. Simply a list for ideas.

Wheel - This isn't really a choice, a hedgie needs a wheel to get proper exercise. Wire mesh wheels aren't recommended due to the chance of a nail getting stuck in the wheel. Bucket type wheels are probally your best bet as its agreed that they are safe. Flying Saucer type wheels seem to work properly however the safety of them is still questioned, although it seems safe. FS wheels are smaller, better if you would like to travel with your hedgie and much easier to clean. Most agree that they are quieter than a bucket wheel also. I'm getting a FS wheel for sure if anything ever happens to the bucket wheel I have now.

http://www.critter-cages.com/index.php? ... cts_id=323
Link for the flying saucer wheel if you'd like to take a look.

Toilet Paper Tubes-Should be readily available and most hedgies will love them. Simply cut them in half, and then cut a slit along the side so your hedgies head doesn't get stuck.
Even if you don't cut them, the hedgie can still play with them but make sure it is supervised so it doesn't get stuck like that. These quit getting played with so much after the hedgie realizes how to escape from them.

Cat Balls- Most hedgies will also enjoy these to play with, however you must pay attention to what kind of ball it is. The ones with the openings are a hazard, the hedgie is more than capable of getting a jaw stuck inside. However these can be found in a more ping pong ball type fashion with no holes whatsoever and the bell inside, which are safe.
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I find that not only cat balls, but any kind of ball is popular. Turbo likes ping pong balls, and he has a small-run-about-ball that he likes to push around (he's too big to fit in it, but nonetheless, its bigger than he is). I've also heard that tennis balls are popular.
Small Stuffed Animals- Some hedgies will play with these, others won't. Just make sure that no loose threads or knots are in it that could entangle the hedgie. The small beanie babies that come in the McDonalds happy meals every so often are a great example. An easy alternative to this is an old sock, which the hedgie will also drag along with it, once again though, watch for loose strings and knots, they seem more prevalent in socks than in actual stuffed animals

Toy Cars/Trucks- I simply used a brightly colored Hot Wheels car for mine, and Pokey pushes it along the kitchen floor and even in his cage sometimes. Most people use some sort of small dump truck, which they put treats inside for the hedgie once it is knocked over.

Thanks to smhufflepuff for the picture!(Attached at bottom, or see his post on the 2nd page)

Tubes- Many options available for these, just make sure they provide ample space for your hedgie to get through. PVC pipes come in many shapes and are generally used. I found pop up tubes at wal-mart that were designed for ferrets but were plenty big enough for Pokey and the material they are made of are very easy to clean. If you leave them in the cage and can't seem to find your hedgie, check inside them. Many hedgies will enjoy to sleep inside of them occasionally.

Boxes- Another very simple toy, similar to tubes in a way I guess. Just get a random assortment of different sizes and shapes, and the hedgie will play by running in and out, or simply pushing them around. Most owners will buy a small plastic kiddy pool and put the boxes in there, so the hedgie can't escape while hes playing(It should still be supervised).

Mouse Balls/Round-a-bout Balls- A very debatable toy. They run the risk of a toe getting caught in the slit and ripped off, and have poor ventilation. While hedgies seem to enjoy these, I personnally would never use one due to this. If they are used however, they should be constantly supervised, and any time the hedgie decides its potty time, cleaned immediately. Also posted with the cat balls, dowsydreamer said that his hedgie likes to just push it around.

Paper Bowls
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I cleaned out my pantry yesterday (which was a pain!) and found a billion unused paper bowls (the disposable kind).

I thought I might try giving Gnarly one of them, to see if he would play with it, since he plays with everything. I figured it is similar to the shape of the hedgie hats that Nancy makes, except it's not nice and oft and fleecy, or even mildly attractive, so maybe it would seem fun or interesting.

And it was such a hit! he climbed over it, he went under it, he pushed it around and I just threw it out when he finally pushed it into a nice big pile of fresh poops.

So, if you guys want to try something cheap and easy, get some disposable bowls for your hedgehog. They are like 100 for $1 at my grocery store. Just make sure they are not plastic, because I think those could possibly break, and be potential dangerous with a sharp edge.
Thanks Gnarly

If anyone feels I missed something, or disagrees with something I said just comment and it'll be read over sometime soon. If you feel anything should be added, also comment and I can add it in if necessary and credit you for it.

Pictures of more of these can be expected as well. [attachment=0:wnoic883]Satin dump truck.jpg[/attachment:wnoic883]
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Reserved in case the list grows and I need more space.
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I find that not only cat balls, but any kind of ball is popular. Turbo likes ping pong balls, and he has a small-run-about-ball that he likes to push around (he's too big to fit in it, but nonetheless, its bigger than he is). I've also heard that tennis balls are popular.
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my little boy loves his sock i cut the toe off and he crawls through it bear in mind hes only 3 months
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I have some small and large rubber bouncy balls in my hedgie's cage...These aren't toxic to hedgies are they?
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I have some small and large rubber bouncy balls in my hedgie's cage...These aren't toxic to hedgies are they?
As far as I know, they aren't.

Thanks Gnarly.

Drowsy, I quoted your comment in the main post, if this bothers you for some reason just let me know.

I wish I had something as easy as this to reference when I was getting stuff for Pokey to start off =p
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add paper bowls to the list. ther's a new post about that...
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add paper bowls to the list. ther's a new post about that...
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I was waiting on permission from Gnarly but its up now
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A lot of hedgehogs love cloth toys. I read about one that would drag a cloth bookmark everywhere.
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