Re: cleaning the cage
I have Truffle in a Ferret Nation on fleece liners. His wheel has a litter box underneath it. The wheel HAS to be cleaned each day. But the litter box only weekly and the cage only a weekly pick up really. He seems to go on the wheel only. I do usually take off one layer of fleece in the weekly pick though I must say I am not sure it REALLY needs it.
So it probably depends on the cage and the hedgie. Smell is certainly a good indicator though!
Kim at CritterHeaven