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Am I on the right track?

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Whenever I let my hedgehog out to explore the house, he runs a little, stops, walks, then stops again and then he stands completely still, sniffles about and then looks around a little. He stood there for about five minutes before even putting his paw out to walk. I have no clue what's wrong. He usually goes behind the table in a little crevice next to the wall and just stays there. He never really wants to walk around or run like he does usually... Also, he won't get on his wheel. It wobbles a little, but it's nothing big. It said it was designed specially for small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, and hedgehogs, and it's just his size, but whenever I put him on the wheel, he just climbs off. That's my only hope wheel wise because I don't know how to make a cake walk wheel. I'm not one who can or enjoys to make things. And another thing. my hedgie stretches a lot. He stretches his legs out while he's standing, and he has his back up in the air. Is this normal, or what?
-His home.....
He lives in a large 90 gallon Sterilite bin with newspaper as litter and a little towel blanket to seep in. And, the bedding is a towel cut to fit the cage. I'm thinking of replacing the towel blanket with a little wooden house to sleep in, but I'm not so sure about that because it could harbor mites, or eggs. I'm also thinking about replacing the whole cage with a ferret playpen.
Also, should I use this kind of liner? If not, which kind should I use?
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What kind of a wheel do you have?If it is a comfort wheel it has to be the largest one they make or it is to small. I believe the same thing goes for a flying saucer....any other commercial wheel is really not recommended. SIlent Spinners can cause toe/nail injuries and possible fall off of their stand. Mesh and rung type wheels are very dangerous as well.
If the xl doesnt fit then his cage his WAY too small for him. Hedgies must have a MINIMUM of 2 square feet of floor space. That is a bare minimum. I prefer Lizardsgirl's assessment of 2 square feet AFTER you add the proper wheel, food and water dishes and hidey spot. With a wheel too small his nose and back will be rubbing and i dont blame him for not running in it. You need to get the proper size wheel and cage a.s.a.p.

E.T.A. : if you get a rabbit cage make sure it has a solid bottom and no wood hidey houses in it. wood can harbor mites and is a pain to disenfect.
Get rid of that special kitty crap IMMEDIATELY!!!!! It is no good for cats, much less hedgies...you really need to refer to Reapers list in the nutrition forum to get a higher quality food. Right now you are feeding your hedgie the equivalent of cardboard, and not even clean cardboard....that stuff is just plain nasty.
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