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05-17-2012 10:51 PM
siberia
Re: Is my cage okay?

Yes, that is the title of my post. You answered my question with pros and cons of my cage. And I meant my cage as a whole, with everything in it. She doesn't climb the bars, so I'm not really concerned about it.

I try not to, but honestly, she kind of intimidates me. I'll be more persistent with her for sure, i would hate for her to stay timid forever.

She's about 10 weeks old, so she is still a baby. I have her out right now, and one thing she does like to do is bite my necklaces and it is pretty sute!

Like I said, I lover her to pieces and she's the best to watch, I just really hope she gets more curious as time goes on.
05-17-2012 09:57 PM
HedgieGirl519
Re: Is my cage okay?

Babies sleep a lot. It's completely normal. A friend of mine has a baby, who right now is sleeping 22 hours a day. She just gets up to eat, poop and goes back to bed.

One thing to keep in mind is, lights on = sleeptime. When you take Dory out, keep the lights off. This should help.

Hedgehogs won't play with you the way a dog, cat, ferret, guinea pig, rat, etc. will. They are solitary animals, so they don't want or need a companion.

In time, she might get use to things moving. Some will, some won't. But again, try having the lights off. I should mention though, don't take her out in the middle of the day and turn the lights off. This will confuse her and make the day shorter = hibernation. Take her out after her cage light goes out.

Not liking to be touched there isn't uncommon. It takes a lot of work to be able to touch a hedgehog all over, and sometimes they will never like it. You could work on it for months or years even with little to no success. It is very rewarding though if and when she does let you.

Don't give up! That's actually a bad thing to do. You're teaching her that if she hisses and pops, you will stop. Pick her up with a piece of fleece, or a shirt so her quills don't hurt you.

Quote:
Originally Posted by siberia
I don't think there's anything wrong with my cage.
The title of your question is "Is my cage okay?".
05-17-2012 08:58 PM
siberia
Re: Is my cage okay?

It's just strange because she hasn't really shown much personality, other than she doesn't like baths and she's quite lazy. I've heard they sleep for pretty much the first month, but I wake up at 6:30 in the morning and she's already gone to bed by that time.

I've also seen other users taking their hogs out in the middle of the day and the hogs being as active as ever, but this is never the case with my Dory.

I love her to pieces, and she's absolutely adorable, but I worry that she will never be as 'entertaining' or playful as others.

Regardless of whether she is or not, though, there's no way I'll get rid of her for that. Her personality isn't her fault.

She is pretty fearful of almost everything. And sign of movement sets her into hissing and balling fits. Which is another personality triat that gets frustrating from time to time,

She also hates it when her visor quills are touched.

And she's the worst to wake up. He hisses and jumps at me until I give up.
05-17-2012 08:35 PM
pickles17
Re: Is my cage okay?

I find if you take them out at like 10:00 p.m. to interact with them they are much more lively than you if you take them out at 2:00 p.m.
If I take Bea out during the day, she will mostly just run around until she finds something to hide under and go to sleep, so you're not alone there. Hedgehogs won't usually get up during the day on their own, although I have seen mine do that once or twice if they have been disturbed. I hardly ever see Bea (or any of the others I have had) play with toys. Your gal sounds pretty normal, lol.
05-17-2012 07:56 PM
siberia
Re: Is my cage okay?

I'll switch to Yesterday's News. I don't think the liners will work for me. I don't think there's anything wrong with my cage, though I do plan to upgrade to something larger.

The reason I want her to sleep more at night is because, I haven't even ever seen her truly awake, and that's kind of strange to me.

She's not very active, even when she was awake, and I have never seen her play with her toys. I suppose she's more dormant than most? I have only had her for three weeks, if that has anything to do with her behavior.

I see where you two are coming from with the nocturnal schedule. Blonde moment, definitely.

Thanks for the info!
05-17-2012 12:44 AM
HedgieGirl519
Re: Is my cage okay?

Like others have said, you shouldn't attempt to change the sleeping patterns. Hedgehogs are nocturnal and need to sleep during the day. When there is light, they sleep. When it's dark, they are awake. It's not healthy to try and change their natural behaviors. Hedgehogs are nocturnal and that's something you have to accept.

Washing liners isn't gross at all. All you do is:
Step 1 A) Pick to poop off the liner with a kleenex or paper towel and throw it in the garbage.
OR
Step 1 B) Take the liner outside and shake it to get the poop off.
OR
Step 1 C) Hold the liner over a garbage can and shake it.
Step 2) Put the liner in the washing machine.

There won't be ANY poop in the washing machine and hardly any pee. It dries quickly.

This really is the best option. But, yesterday's news is good as well. Much better than shavings or carefresh, IMO. Unless you are a breeder, which you aren't, there are no benefits to Carefresh, only negatives.


I don't recommend using natural light as the light source. In the winter/fall the days get shorter. If you hedgehog notices this coming she might attempt hibernation because she thinks winter is coming and it will get cold.


Your cage needs to have at least 4 square feet.
05-17-2012 12:27 AM
pickles17
Re: Is my cage okay?

I have always used large rabbit cages to house my hedgehogs and in four years and three hedgehogs I have never experienced any of them trying to climb/have climbed the sides, however if it is of worry to you many people here put up cloroplast to discourage climbing.

Like you, I dislike using the fleece liners. Something about pooping and peeing on fabric doesn't sit well with me and I also don't like putting them into the wash. I have always opted for yesterdays news which is recycled paper pellets and in my opinion it works well. I take the little clumps of poop out daily and then do a full switch once a week. I also find they have enjoyed digging in it, especially when I hide treats. It's heavier so doesn't really cause too much of a mess and its very absorbent so it doesn't smell. It is also not dusty. Wood chips are a bad choice because there have been many incidents of them getting caught in hedgehog penile sheaths, I see you have a female but switching to something else was a good choice. In my opinion, the only downside to the yesterdays news is that it will stick to your hedgehog bag depending on what its made of, but its easily flicked off. As for litter training, I've tried it a couple times with no success, and thus have no advice for you there.

I also used to use a comfort wheel but opted for CSW when I thought it caused an injury to my hedgehog (turned out it had nothing to do with the wheel) however, the CSW is so much quieter and nicer so if you have the money I'd recommend upgrading. The running surface itself is easier to clean as a whole but the taking it off and putting it back together is more difficult than the comfort wheel, but in my opinion its totally worth it.

As for toys, I have some for Bea but I don't notice she really plays with them, she has a cut toilet paper roll and a little toy mouse. She also had a tunnel which she does play in frequently and I often hide mealworms or treats in little containers for her to find. She mostly just likes to run on her wheel (this has been pretty consistent for all of the hedgehogs I've owned) so I wouldn't worry too much if she doesn't really play with the toys.

*Personally* I have never used an external heating source for my hedgehogs and have always kept them in a temperature controlled room. Aside from that I have also never used a lighting "schedule" per se, but their cages have always been in a spot where they had natural light and darkness. This has worked for me however, you must look into your own situation and see if you can maintain temps and proper lighting.

I'm a little confused though by the notion that the cage being covered at night would make her used to sleeping at night and help her become more active during the day...being noctural, hedgehogs will want to sleep when it's light (when the cage is NOT covered, and the cage has access to light), where as if the cage is covered and it is dark, they are more likely to be active...if you are putting the blanket over it at night then I don't think it would really be doing anything to improve her activity during the day. That being said though, as coribelle said, trying to reverse there sleeping schedule is not a good idea. Imagine yourself as a human being up all night and sleeping all day, would definitely take some years off your life.
05-17-2012 12:26 AM
pickles17
Re: Is my cage okay?

I have always used large rabbit cages to house my hedgehogs and in four years and three hedgehogs I have never experienced any of them trying to climb/have climbed the sides, however if it is of worry to you many people here put up cloroplast to discourage climbing.

Like you, I dislike using the fleece liners. Something about pooping and peeing on fabric doesn't sit well with me and I also don't like putting them into the wash. I have always opted for yesterdays news which is recycled paper pellets and in my opinion it works well. I take the little clumps of poop out daily and then do a full switch once a week. I also find they have enjoyed digging in it, especially when I hide treats. It's heavier so doesn't really cause too much of a mess and its very absorbent so it doesn't smell. It is also not dusty. Wood chips are a bad choice because there have been many incidents of them getting caught in hedgehog penile sheaths, I see you have a female but switching to something else was a good choice. In my opinion, the only downside to the yesterdays news is that it will stick to your hedgehog bag depending on what its made of, but its easily flicked off. As for litter training, I've tried it a couple times with no success, and thus have no advice for you there.

I also used to use a comfort wheel but opted for CSW when I thought it caused an injury to my hedgehog (turned out it had nothing to do with the wheel) however, the CSW is so much quieter and nicer so if you have the money I'd recommend upgrading. The running surface itself is easier to clean as a whole but the taking it off and putting it back together is more difficult than the comfort wheel, but in my opinion its totally worth it.

As for toys, I have some for Bea but I don't notice she really plays with them, she has a cut toilet paper roll and a little toy mouse. She also had a tunnel which she does play in frequently and I often hide mealworms or treats in little containers for her to find. She mostly just likes to run on her wheel (this has been pretty consistent for all of the hedgehogs I've owned) so I wouldn't worry too much if she doesn't really play with the toys.

*Personally* I have never used an external heating source for my hedgehogs and have always kept them in a temperature controlled room. Aside from that I have also never used a lighting "schedule" per se, but their cages have always been in a spot where they had natural light and darkness. This has worked for me however, you must look into your own situation and see if you can maintain temps and proper lighting.

I'm a little confused though by the notion that the cage being covered at night would make her used to sleeping at night and help her become more active during the day...being noctural, hedgehogs will want to sleep when it's light (when the cage is NOT covered, and the cage has access to light), where as if the cage is covered and it is dark, they are more likely to be active...if you are putting the blanket over it at night then I don't think it would really be doing anything to improve her activity during the day. That being said though, as coribelle said, trying to reverse there sleeping schedule is not a good idea. Imagine yourself as a human being up all night and sleeping all day, would definitely take some years off your life.
05-16-2012 11:13 PM
coribelle
Re: Is my cage okay?

Quote:
The fleece doesn't cover the whole cage, it stops about two inches from the bottom. The cage is only covered at night, in hopes that she may get used to sleeping at night and being active during the day.
This is probably not a good idea. Hedgehogs are naturally nocturnal animals, and to mess up their natural cycles of sleeping and waking can be harmful. Even if it weren't, putting a blanket over the cage would be a little counter intuitive - making it dark would encourage them to be awake, and vice-verse. It's recommended that you have a consistent light schedule to encourage their circadian rhythm so that they are provided with around 12-14 hours of light during the day and 10-12 hours of darkness during the night.

Fleece liners are also probably the best way to go. I haven't used anything else so I can't talk about the good side of all the other options out there (though I doubt there are many unless you are a breeder with expectant mothers), but I can say that I've washed liners in both the washer machine and in the sink by hand and it really isn't that gross. You can always do an extra rinse cycle in between hedgie loads and people loads (:
05-16-2012 11:03 PM
siberia
Re: Is my cage okay?

There is plenty of extra room in the cage apart from her igloo and wheel, about a whole square foot, actually.

The noise doesn't bother me, we don't sleep in the same room.

I don't use the green CareFresh, I use white. I'm not sure about fleece lines though... I'm sure they're good for the hedgie, but I don't want to put a piece of cloth with poop and pee all over it in my washing machine. Seems kind of repulsive to me. :P

Her room is controlled. It is kept at 76 degrees Fahrenheit. The fleece doesn't cover the whole cage, it stops about two inches from the bottom. The cage is only covered at night, in hopes that she may get used to sleeping at night and being active during the day. Regardless of the fan, the air is still not cold. I keep the fan on at night to increase ventilation and turn it off in the mornings. Perhaps I should have elaborated on that a bit more.

I doubt I will be making my own cage, if I get one at all. I would buy before I made.

As for the Carolina Storm Wheel, It would fit perfectly in my cage. But there is also a good chance This, too, will not change, because the problem I have with it is cleaning and that's minor.

Thanks for your help! I may try a fleece liner one time... Maybe... LOL.
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