i have an obese hedgie named bessie and i just got her 4 days ago her owner did not take care of her and let her eat as much as she wants. so im trying to find her a toy that will help her lose wait and thats alot of fun. i have a wheel.
Walking, running, and swimming are activities that use a lot of muscle groups and burn good calories. If you hedgie wasn't cared for very well before, then it probably didn't get much time out of the cage to run around. So, the good news is that Bessy's weight should respond well over time with increased playtime out of the cage.
Do you have a paddling pool you can set up as a play area for her? If not, a bath tub lined with a blankie and some 4-6 in. plumbing tubes can provide a play zone for exercising.
Outdoors can be a nice play area too, but with winter coming that may not be an option right now depending on where you live.
An increase in activity, and careful attention to what she eats can go a long way to helping reduce her weight in the months ahead.
In a dry tub she can exercise there as often as you have time to spare. They like the extra room to run around, but stop up the drain because no matter how you cover it they will find it- it fascinates them... silly hedgies.
I would limit any warm water swim play to once or twice a week for 5 minutes or so, in 2 inches of water or so, with constant observation, because it can be drying to the skin. Water between 85-90F is comfortable, cooler or hotter can be stressful.
There are a lot of different toys, and things that can be used as toys for hedgies. Just make sure that she can't get hurt on them- potentially loose threads, holes, sharp edges... just use common sense. Make sure that if Bessie tries to pick the toy up with her teeth, it won't hurt her teeth/jaw/muzzle, especially.