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Old 05-16-2012, 10:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
HedgieGirl519
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Default Re: Is my cage okay?

Welcome

What are the dimensions of the cage?

Just because she does not climb the bars right now, doesn't mean she never will... You have to remember that. In my opinion, it's better safe than sorry.

For the noise you can put a scrunchy on the wheel so it doesn't rattle as much.

Carefresh isn't a very good bedding... Check on this thread viewtopic.php?f=51&t=14922
Reasons not to use Carefresh:
- messy
- expensive
- can cause impaction if ingested
- DUSTY (Which can lead to breathing issues)
- the green hides any off coloured urine or feces
- dries out feces making it difficult to find and tell if hedgie's poop is normal
- because it hides urine and feces, often people won't clean the cage as often as it should be
- dries out their skin and gets stuck in their quills
The bedding that we recommend is fleece liners. You can also use other fabrics, like flannel or cotton, but they must be sewn.

Make sure the ball is solid, no holes or openings. Some hedgehogs don't like toys. Take a toilet paper tube, cut it down the middle and put it in her cage. That seems to be a hit.

You need to have a thermometer in her cage so you know what temperature the cage is. Does the room stay the same temperature 24/7? Some get colder at night time. Also, using fleece to cover the cage isn't the best option. It doesn't necessarly mean the cage will stay warm when the fan is on. It could also make the cage hotter than normal, when you take the cover off, the cage will cool down again. It could lead to hibernation, which is deadly. You don't want the temperature to fluctuate. Another reason not to completely cover the cage is light. Hedgehogs need a light source. You should have a light on a timer 12-14 hours a day, the same time every day. Without this they can go into hibernation as well. If the cage is covered, no light is coming in. If you leave a side open, cold air can still get it.

Not all hedgehogs will be litter trained. For the most part, hedgehogs go on their wheel while they run. But, if she's pooping outside the wheel, take the poops and put them in the litter box. This can help, sometimes. Usually putting the litter box under the wheel works best. Then it catches the pee and poo as it flys off the wheel. Again, Carefresh isn't very good.

C&C cages are great, but do have some cons. You will need to buy the grids with 12 squares across (I believe?) not 6. You also need to have coroplast going 8" at least up the sides and on the bottom of the cage, and you will need a lid. If you get a CSW, it won't fit in the cage without modifications. If you get the CSBW, it will fit.


EDIT: If the cage you have is 18"W x 30"L x 16"T, you really should get a bigger cage... Keep in mind the dimensions of the wheels.

Carolina Storm Wheel:
With the wheel attached at the highest postion it stands 15 and 1/2 inches tall.
With the wheel attached at the lowest postion it stands 13 and 3/4 inches tall.
The width of the wheel while attached to the stand is 11in wide & 14in long.

Height wise, the wheel would fit, which is good. But that wheel is going to take up half of the cage (minus one inch). With the igloo, which is 12"L x 10"W, there won't be any space left.

Carolina Storm Bucket Wheel:
With the wheel attached at the highest postion it stands 12 and 1/2 inches tall.
With the wheel attached at the lowest postion it stands 11 inches tall.
The width of the wheel while attached to the stand is 12 inches long.

Again, height wise, this wheel would fit. Again, the wheel is going to take up a big chunk of the space.
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