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Old 03-23-2019, 10:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'll be getting my first hedgie in October, and I'm currently researching bedding options. I'm going to use sterilite bins connected with PVC pipe for her container, and I like the cost-effectiveness and cleanliness of fleece, but I'm worried that she'll make her way underneath the fleece where it meets the bin walls, knock over her water dish and soak herself. Does anybody have any suggestions for how to prevent their hedige from burrowing underneath fleece while living in sterilite bins? Thanks!
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We use that set up and have never had any spills. We do have heavy crockery bowls though, set in each corner so the fleece would maybe pull out from under the bowls before they spill. She has never liner dove in her hide bin where her food and water is though. She does dive in her wheel bin sometimes but never much.
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We have a similar set up. As long as our hedgie has a separate blanket to snuggle in, he doesn't dive under the liner. He's never knocked his water dish over (heavy crockery) but he has dumped his food bowl over (also heavy crockery). That's only when his food is 'too low' though.
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I know someone who attached velcro strips to the bin (glued them on) and then sewed them onto the fleece fleece liners so that they couldnt actually get their nose under to lift it up. And then they just had loose fleece blankets in there to burry in. Because even with the loose blankets it wasnt good enough to stop.
They had to hand sew the velcro on though so maybe not good if your not good at or cant sew. Also you'd have to find and buy the velcro strips
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Chowder, thats funny about turning the food bowl over if it is not full . Our farm dogs , if their big rubber food bowls get empty they drag them out of the barn into the middle of the road to make sure you know they need more food.
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Thanks for the tips everyone. I think I'll give the velcro tip a go and see how that fairs.
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Another alternative to the velcro would be to get a piece of coroplast that is cut to the size of the bin floor. Than you can wrap the fleece around the coroplast and use binder clips to hold it on. This basically makes a "floor" for your cage which hedgie could not get under.

These are the clips I mean. (No sewing required with this method.)
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I use masking tape on the sides. Doesn't have to be the full lengths, just enough to keep the fleece down.

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Another alternative to the velcro would be to get a piece of coroplast that is cut to the size of the bin floor. Than you can wrap the fleece around the coroplast and use binder clips to hold it on. This basically makes a "floor" for your cage which hedgie could not get under.

These are the clips I mean. (No sewing required with this method.)
What’s coroplast?
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We have a similar set up. As long as our hedgie has a separate blanket to snuggle in, he doesn't dive under the liner. He's never knocked his water dish over (heavy crockery) but he has dumped his food bowl over (also heavy crockery). That's only when his food is 'too low' though.
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