I'm hoping to get a hedgie soon but I currently only have room for a 2 by 2 (about 4 square foot)c&c cage. Is that enough space?
I'm not sure if you should trust these text too much especially the second one. I mean "One of the main disadvantages of a super huge enclosure is it will take more effort to clean it. And because it takes more time, a pet owner may put off cleaning it until the area is already severely dirty." is the worst argument ever, just don't get a hedgehog if you don't want to take care of it :???:Here are a few sources on cage size requirements. It is important to keep in mind that every hedgehog is different, some will require more space than others. Many members of this forum favor large enclosures and feel that works best for them. I myself believe that there is such a thing as having a cage that is too big. Currently, my C&C cage measures just over 4.7 sqft. And it suits my hog quite well as he gets hours of playpen and floor time every day. A 2x2 c&c meausures out to 5.4 square feet. If you would like to go bigger but can't swallow adding a whole other grid, I suggest overlapping grids and zip tying them secure. I did this to keep my cage rectangular without having to make a 2x3 cage that I simply don't have room for.
-Hedgehogs in the wild usually cover a lot of ground in their search for food. Pet hedgehogs need lots of room to move about too. Two square feet (e.g. 1 foot by 2 feet) is sometime quoted as the minimum floor space for a hedgehog, but this should be considered an absolute bare minimum, and only used if you have a wheel and give your hedgehog ample time to roam around outside the cage for exercise. It would be much better to aim for a minimum of about four square feet (e.g. 2 feet by 2 feet). (http://exoticpets.about.com/od/hedgehogs/a/hedgehogcages.htm)
-There is no question that the life of your pet hedgehog depends on what kind of home you are going to provide for it. Responsible pet owners should know that an adopted pet, whatever kind of creature it may be, deserves to be treated with the same utmost care and concern as that of a human being. Giving a domesticated animal a safe, secure, and suitable home can definitely and greatly affect the quality and longevity of its life.
When it comes to the exact hedgehog cage size, different pet owners have different opinions. But one sentiment is common with all of them, and that is to give your pet the largest possible area that you can give it.
As for the exact size, experts suggest that a decent hedgehog enclosure should have a minimum area of 24 inches by 24 inches. If you want to enclose it, a minimum height of 18 inches is also advised. Every cage should have room enough for a litter box, a sleeping nest or bag, a feeding area, and a very wide playing section. Hedgehogs are naturally playful animals, and they tend to do a lot of fooling around particularly at night.So if you can imagine your minimum cage size of four square feet to satisfy all the four fundamental needs of your dearly loved prickly pig, then that should be adequate.
Some pet owners house their pets in ultra large cages with an area of 48 inches by 48 inches or sixteen square feet. They are four times as large as the minimum size suggested. Pet pens of this size are beneficial for incredibly active hedgehogs as it can contain a wide variety of pet toys and other stuff and your little spiny friend can roam around unsuppressed. However, very large cages come with certain drawbacks as well.
One of the main disadvantages of a super huge enclosure is it will take more effort to clean it. And because it takes more time, a pet owner may put off cleaning it until the area is already severely dirty. This is bad news for your little prickly pigs as they may catch all kinds of diseases and infections that may be detrimental to its health.
The best dimensions, according to some hedgehog experts, are 42 inches by 30 inches by 18 inches. This is a relatively large hedgehog cage size that is comfortable to the pet and convenient to the pet master as well. It can hold all the essential contraptions of an animal pen, can give your pet all the living and playing space it needs, and can easily be maintained by the owner. (http://hedgehogcage.net/hedgehog-cage-size/)
As I stated before, do what works best for you, as long as your prickly friend is happy. You could always opt for a night playpen that you could temporarily set up to allow him to get some extra space a few times a week. I do this as well with a pop up pen that covers almost 6 sqft. There's always options. I know some loft their cages to provide a second level for Hedgie. personally I rather not because too much could go wrong. Additionally, hedgehogs are not climbers generally and so the second levels might go unused. Just don't let anyone make you feel bad about how big your cage is, it happens sometimes with even the most well intentioned respondents.