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Old 04-10-2013, 02:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, im picking my lovely little Hedgehog up on the 28 April, I need to know exactly everything you need to have to bring him home, i have found this carrier (picture below) and the dimensions are H 20 x W 16 x D 13.5cm it says it would suit guinea pig, hamsters, rats, mice, gerbils and dwarf hamsters. It is only for 50 minute car journey, but what in the cage do i have to have? He will only be 8 weeks old. Thanks
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Since its only about an hour, I would say you could get by with just some fleece for him to lay on and hide under, and some water. Not sure where you are located, but pay attention to the temp inside the car to make sure it's warm enough. I might bring along one of those disposable hand warmers "just in case". Looks like you found a good travel case. Congratulations on the new little quill-ball
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Because it's so open, I kind've don't like it. There doesn't seem to be a place for a seat belt or anything (I don't see a handle), and it doesn't look like a pet carrier that anyone would reconize in case you got into a car wreck. I would recomend a simple small dog/cat carrier. They have a handle for a belt. and everyone would know there's a pet inside.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Petmate-De...-Navy/15153813
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Petmate-Ke...n-Tan/15153903

These are just sample pics (so you know what I mean). They are pretty cheap, durable, and very obvious. Plus the demensions sound very small for a hedgie, as it grows it'll want more leg room if you have to take it to the vet or any car ride and I assume you'll keep the carrier for the duration of your hedgie's life, so it's always good to plan ahead
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This carrier would only be temporary, i would eventually get a bigger one
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Is this a good carrier for the 50 minute journey?
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the dimensions are H25cm x W19cm x D18cm so its bigger then the first one?
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I am getting my first hedgie the 27th (Hazel) and I have about the same ride time.

I was wondering about those cages also, I have looked at them but didn't know whether to go with those or a bigger cage more like a cat carrier.

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I drove an hour and a half with my new baby in a travel pouch. I put a tank top in it that I had slept in for a few nights so she had something to cuddle up in and it smelled like me. The breeder loved my little travel pouch and it worked really well! I still use it to take her places with me and to the vet. I think she feels super snug and cozy in her pouch. I also love that it opens on both ends so its super easy to get her out of it. The link for the travel pouch is below. This website also has tons of other great things too!
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The handles of the second batch get my okay (for seat belting them in and such). But it would just be cheaper getting one and sticking with it. If you want to get a bigger one as your little one grows up, it's up to you. In a vehicle, you want your little one safe as can be. I will bring a pouch/tote with me when we go places and just leave his kennel in the truck, but i really don't think it's wise just to have a pouch for vehicle travel becuase if you got into a crash, there's a very high likelyhood your hedgehog would die, whereas in any hard carrier, it'll be safer and won't get crushed (just jostled around, that's why you fill them full of fleece and t-shirts, so they'll be warm and cozy).
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I'd go with the Petmate carrier http://www.walmart.com/ip/Petmate-Kenne ... n/15153903 which is the second one Chihirolee3 linked to. It is a good carrier and can be buckled into the vehicle by putting the seat belt through the handle. If you ever need to, it is airline approved. A good quality carrier is worth the extra bit of cost. The carrier not only protects hedgie in the vehicle, but can also be used as an emergency cage.

Those cheap carriers although they look cute, the plastic usually breaks easily and they don't have a secure lid. Look at them closely and notice that the handle is attached to the lid so if the latch gets bumped or opens while carrying it, hedgie will end up on the ground.
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