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|04-26-2019 11:34 PM|
Here’s another quick thread for this; I was trying to find another
|04-26-2019 11:29 PM|
A cage made of cedar is perfectly safe, and there is absolutely no reason to avoid it.
The issue with cedar shavings is primarily related to the dust; the dust particles are also potentially hazardous to human health. Another issue is the high levels phenols - why pine and cedar smell so intense. This is irritating to your animals respiratory system, and is known to cause issues, i.e; upper respiratory infections.
Houses (and enclosures) made from cedar are safe. Reason being; the surface area is smaller (as it is solid), and the issue of dust particles is removed. So, the cage is safe - but shavings are not.
I’ve kept hamsters over a decade, and am all too familiar with the world of safe and unsafe building supplies haha.
|04-26-2019 11:07 PM|
|04-26-2019 10:44 PM|
|belties||The toxic problem comes from the oil that is naturally acurring in the wood. It can cause some very bad reactions with some animals. We tried cedar shavings in our dog kennel and the female and the puppies lost most of their hair in two days.|
|04-26-2019 08:58 PM|
Hey there! I’d like to hear from someone else as well on the cedar planks... I’ve always been under the assumption that the chemicals they use to treat the wood when processing the shavings are what’s bad for animals, but it could potentially have something to do with the wood itself. I was looking at the enclosure though at it’s a decent size and shape, and with slight modifications if you’re into DIY, could be a really nice looking enclosure. I saw another if you scroll down the page and look at the ‘recommended’ it was a more gray looking house for only 99.99... it was thinner by like half an inch but still nice and cheaper.
That is the link to the enclosure I use, the Midwest guinea habitat. I like it because it’s simple yet gives ample living space and it’s easy to maintain. I know it does have the wire cage look, but it’s something to consider.
Another point is that hedgehogs aren’t a climbing animal by nature, so some won’t even try to climb ramps to access a second level. Every hedgehog is different, but I just wanted to let you know of the possibility of him not using it.
Hope this helps 🙂
|04-26-2019 06:14 PM|
I need help
So with my current set up with my hedgehog, Ive got her in a large plastic container, with her litter and wheel in the main compartment and her sleeping area off in another compartment. I made the set up for her when she was 7 weeks. She's almost a year old now and she's already starting to grow much larger than the cage i designed can hold her, she can still move around but its not the amount of space she needs now that she's almost fully grown. I was looking around amazon for some cages and I found this:
Now I know it doesn't have the right amount of space for her wheel but I'm fully prepared to add on the cage to give her a a yard to keep the wheels and some toys. With some other modifications I think it would work perfect for her.
BUT I have a slight problem, as I'm reading the material list I'm noticing the cage is made up of Cedar. Which I know the shaving are toxic to small animals. Would having the building be made out of cedar have the same effects on my hedgehog as the wood shaving or would it be ok.
If it does pose a threat to her health, does anyone have any ideas for other cages that don't have such a "cage feel" & even a second story would be nice as well, to give her some extra space to walk around and explore. In other words a cage that isn't so traditional with the ugly wiring and such. That's part of the reason that the cage I'm thinking about buying became so appealing in the first place.
Thanks for the help!