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Hi everyone,
My boyfriends mom just got my a hedgehog yesterday and I'm really not sure what I need for it. I went into a pet store today and the girl that worked there recommended I get a reptile habitat lighting lame with a 25W light bulb... is this what i should be using? I also have a space heater currently going towards the hedgehogs cage. Im very nervous about her being too cold and not having the right things for her. Please help!
 

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All that you need for a hedgie

Hi there! I'm a new hedgie owner too! :)

There are many things that hedgehogs like, and need.

For heating and hibernation prevention,
I use a "Blue Spotted" 60 watt ceramic heat emitter. (Blue spotted is the brand name). For any lamp, you need a clamp. To help me control the heating, I bought a Zoomed thermostat. Frosty (my hedgie) likes the temperature of 20 degrees (Celcius), but most hedgehogs like 21 up to 27 degrees c.

For food,
get some cat or hedgie food. It has to be dry food, low in fat (5-13%), and high in protein (30-40%). I use Royal Canin Light Dry Cat Food, and 8-in-1 hedgehog food. Both are available at most petvalus.

The cage,
My hedgehogs cage is 72x72cm (almost 2feetx2feet). I use fleece at the bottom of the cage (instead of hamster or small animal bedding). In the litter pan, I put 2 big pieces of paper towel. It works great! I made a C&C cage. Here's a link that discusses C&C cages: http://www.guineapigcagesstore.com/about-candccages
They're commonly used for guinea pigs, but hedgehogs need at least 4 feet of space in their cage.

Items and toys!
Items -
Litter pan: You should have a litter pan. I use a small plate/pan, but plastic containers are fine as long as it fits under the wheel. (Hedgies use the washroom when they run.)
Sleeping bag: HAS TO BE FLEECE or fleece-like polyester. Here's a video on how to make one:
Hedgies like to go inside and cuddle up.
Sleeping box: A shoebox is fine and put polyester or fleece inside. Cut at hole and watch your hedgie cuddle up. :)

Toys -
(From most important to least important):
Hamster wheel: Hedgehogs run even more then hamsters, therefore, they also need a wheel. Hedgehogs grow to the size of almost a guinea pig, therefore, the wheel should be 10.5" to 12" big. I use the Carolina Storm Bucket Wheel: http://www.carolinastormhedgehogs.com/storm-bucket-wheel.html (also available on amazon.com and amazon.ca for a slightly greater price), but Silent Spinners are great too!
Toilet paper roll: Your hedgehog will love this toy, my hedgie likes it more than the wheel. She puts her head inside and starts smacking on her chew toys, as if she's playing baseball. Its so cute!
Ball with bell inside: Hedgehogs love rolling balls around. The bell inside is optional, because it can get noisy and isn't recommended if you're a light sleeper (because hedgies are nocturnal).

Hope this helps! If you want photos of more info, feel free to ask.

- FrostyOPhedgie
 

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I am also a new hedgeie grandma, Lily is my daughters. We use the silent wheel and so far so good, however its only been about 3 weeks. We feed Lily Rachael Ray cat food chicken and rice, Purina One Kitten food as well and meal worms. She LOVES this food. We also have her an igloo that goes right in her cage. That we put some fleece in in it for her to burrow and snuggle. We have a heater as well. Lily's favorite thing are the fleece snuggle bags. She LOVES them My thing is trying to figure out what bedding she will like. So far we used Yesterdays, News and its LOUD. Next we will try CareFresh, however that one looks really messy....any thoughts on that?
 

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You are using a silent spinner? The one with the white part by the stand and the colored translucent half? Bad wheels... Especially if it's your daughters hedgehog.. I'll try and find the picture of one that was used.

Here's the link... Warning it may not be best to view with small eyes. http://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forums/34-wheels/13467-silent-spinner.html
 

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Uh oh, that dang wheel was what the breeder told us to get and that thing was like 40 bucks! Whats the other one again, and thank you for tell me! <3 We will order/go buy the new one asap!
 

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The best wheel on the market is the Carolina storm wheel. The gentleman that makes them is a member on here, LarryT. His ad is at the top of the page, right under the new post section.
 

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The pan is just a litter pan. Hedgehogs "go" on the go. Having a litter box under the wheel catches a lot of the mess. The wheel still needs cleaned daily, morning is best, the pan just gives a place to catch any run off and some hedgehogs enjoy hanging their rear off the wheel to do their business.
 

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8-in-1 Hedgehog food is crap, the box it comes in is probably just as nutritious as the "food' in the box.
Thanks, I didn't know. I'm going to use the 8-in-1 food as a mix-in, in very small amounts. Like I said, I'm a new hedgie owner. Is the Royal Canin light cat food good though?
 
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