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Old 02-21-2016, 09:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Diy hideout out of cardboard box?

Hello I may be getting a hedgehog for my birthday... I want to save as much money as possible. Is it ok to make a hideout from a cardboard box instead of buying an igloo?
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You can but the downside is that cardboard gets dirty easy and you'd have to replace it quite often.

If you are in America, I'd recommend you get vet insurance.
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An igloo is less than $10. If the cost of a place to sleep is that much of a financial hardship, are you sure you can actually take care of a hedgehog? They are not cheap pets. I have spent about $500 in the last week between just two of mine on vet bills-one is on a hunger strike and needed bloodwork, the other got an ear infection. Are you able and willing to put down several hundred dollars at the drop of a hat like that?
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Each week we buy a box of Yoplait yogurt. The size was perfect, unfortunately they just changed the packaging! But, each week it was out with the old and in with the new. My hog loved to rebuild her burrow with the box, bedding, and a corregated/shredded paper bedding mix after cage cleaning. Kept her busy and happy for hours.
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Each week we buy a box of Yoplait yogurt. The size was perfect, unfortunately they just changed the packaging! But, each week it was out with the old and in with the new. My hog loved to rebuild her burrow with the box, bedding, and a corregated/shredded paper bedding mix after cage cleaning. Kept her busy and happy for hours.
Awesome! Imagine the life of most hedgies in this country. It is basically being in solitary confinement where you get out for a few minutes a day. Scrizzie has a very large pen but even at that I change 80% of it each night so she is not looking or doing the same thing night after night. I can only guess as you that this keeps them healthy mentally.
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That works for some hedgehogs but I have had more than a few that if you changed or moved anything in their cage they would stop eating and wheeling due to the stress. They would only start eating and wheeling again once everything was put back where it belonged. Please remember that not all hedgehogs are the same.
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If you have ever seen any videos of hedgehogs, you might have seen people with cardboard hideouts. These aren't that great of an idea, they can get very dirty very easily. Though it may be a bit more expensive, diy cuddle sacks or cuddle cups are good ideas. You can toss them in the wash but with a cardboard box...you get the idea.
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If your hedgehog ever gets mites, the mites will infest the cardboard and you wouldn't be able to use cardboard until the mites cleared up. Igloos, snuggle sacks, tents, etc. are all easy to clean and better options.
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