Hedgehog Cages, Bedding, Cleaning, Location & Supplies – Ultimate Guide 2022

Cages: Different cages available

The cage you will be choosing for your hedgehog is a very important decision.  Your hedgehog will spend most of its time in this cage. It has to be comfortable.  The flooring must be solid, even, and never made of wire to avoid any foot injuries.  Your hedgehog will need space to move and exercise.  We recommend people use their best judgment.  If your cage seems too small, make sure your animal gets time outside his cage to stretch.

Don’t forget that hedgehogs can easily find a way to escape.  Make sure your cage is secure.  A small hole is enough for your animal to disappear.  If its head passes through, the rest will follow easily.
There are many different options you can choose from.  We can’t say there is one better than the other.  It’s really up to you. 

  • “The Tub”

Made of plastic, you can find them pretty much everywhere.  Rubbermaid makes them and they are very durable.  They are more than affordable for people with many hedgehogs.  Easy to clean and to move around, they make a very good choice.  The tub has to be transparent to let the light in and long enough to give your hedgehog the space he needs.

  • The aquarium

More expensive, the aquarium can give a lot of space to your hedgehog.  Heavier, it makes the aquarium harder to move around.  Easy to clean, your hedgehog will appreciate the visibility and the natural light.  Ventilation can be a problem with this type of cage.

  • Ferret Cage

With multiples floors to move around, your hedgehog will get more than enough space.  Easy to wash and causing no problems for ventilation, they come with a plastic floor that is safe for your hedgehog.  If you have the space for such a cage, you will have a very happy hedgehog.

  • Rabbit Cage

Coming in different sizes and lengths, you have to make sure it has solid flooring.  Your hedgehog is a good climber so keep an eye on him.  He will love to climb the walls of his cage and might hurt himself.

Cages: The bedding

Find out which bedding is best and which can be dangerous for your hedgehog.

  • Wood Shaving – CEDAR

Don’t be fooled by the nice smell.  Your hedgehog might not like the strong smell after spending days in it.  Using cedar shavings as bedding can cause a few health problems to your animal and even to yourself!  A lot of people are allergic to cedar.  The best advice we can give you is to avoid cedar even if prices are more affordable.

  • Wood Shaving – PINE

Pine is a more acceptable choice.  Hedgehogs are less allergic to this wood type.  Treated pine loses its smell and becomes safer against mites or infections.

  • Wood Shaving – ASPEN

Aspen is the best option but be prepared to pay a lot more for it.  If you have one hedgehog, you might want to spend the extra money to give him good bedding.  Most of the breeders use another option to save some money.

  • Corn Cob

There are a lot of debates over the corn cob’s effectiveness.  Less comfortable than wood shavings, corn cob is easier to clean.  All you have to do is pick up your hedgehog’s excrement.  Once the corn cob is wet, it can rot and smell bad.  There are a few cases where a corn cob would get stuck in the male’s penis.  Without any intervention, the male could easily die.  If all those precautions are respected, corn cob can be a great choice.

  • Towel

Very absorbent and soft, a folded towel is a smart option.  All you have to do is clean it.  It saves you a lot of money and helps the environment.  Keep an eye on the towel’s threads.  A very worn towel could be dangerous for your hedgehog’s feet.

  • Paper

Please forget about the newspaper.  If your hedgehog eats paper, the ink could make him really sick.  We don’t recommend cutting the paper into small pieces.  Your animal could try to swallow it or suffocate.  A great option is the paper butchers use to wrap the meat.  It is very safe for hedgehogs.

Cages: Where to put your cage

Now that you have decided which cage is best for your hedgehog, you need to find the perfect place to put it.  Here are 3 important factors to consider :

  • Temperature
  • Noise
  • Lighting

The ambient temperature of the room should be between 22 and 29 degrees Celcius.  Your hedgehog loves to feel warm and should be kept away from the cold.

Depending on your hedgehog’s personality, you have to think about how he will react to the noise.  If he is afraid or shy, you should put him in a quiet place.  If he’s active, he may appreciate being in the middle of the action. 

The room must be well lit and have a window to let the natural light in.  You can also use a lamp when the weather isn’t the best outside.

Your hedgehog needs good ventilation to stay healthy.  Keep away from breezes and drafts.  Your hedgehog might get a runny nose and get a bad cold.

Cages: Cleaning

Don’t forget that your hedgehog counts on you to keep his cage clean.  It is very important to change the water every day.  Keep it fresh and make sure there is no bedding in the bowl.  If you use a plastic bottle, don’t forget to disinfect it at least once a week.

Food must be provided to your animal every day.  If you feed him fresh food, don’t forget to remove everything after 3 hours to prevent bacteria.

Keep an eye on the exercise wheel and the toys.  If they are dirty, wash them with a gentle soap.

Pick up the food that lays on the bedding and discard it.

If you use a litter, scoop the excrements once a day.  If your hedgehog does it on the bedding, remove the spoiled shavings to prevent him from walking in his excrements.

Once a week, it is advised to clean the entire cage with gentle soap.  Rinse well.

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