Hedgehogs are cute little creatures. They are perfect pets because they like to be cuddled. Even a spiny creature needs a little love!
Hedgehog Cage Types
There are different kinds of hedgehog cages available with advantages and disadvantages to all. These are the basic types of hedgehog cages available:
- Wire Cages – This is a common type of hedgehog cage because they offer good ventilation and are lightweight, as well as easy to clean. The disadvantage to a wire cage is that there are not many that are made specifically for hedgehogs, so you will need to be particular when you choose the cage. However, there are manufacturers that do have wire cages designed specifically for hedgehogs.
- Aquariums – These can be used; however, they are not as recommended because they lack ventilation.
- Plastic Containers – People have actually made cages out of clear plastic containers. Be careful when making these, as this type lacks ventilation. Make sure you put holes in the side and use a wire mesh lid.
The most recommended are the wire cages. The latter two can be used; however, they do lack ventilation so you will need to accommodate for this.
How to Choose
Choosing a hedgehog cage is not a difficult process. As long as you take the following into consideration, you will find a cage that will make your hedgehog happy:
- If you choose a wire cage, make sure the flooring is not wire. If it is wire, then make sure to cover the wire with wood, plastic, or a blanket that is cut to fit securely. They can catch their legs and feet on a wire floor causing injury.
- Make sure the wire is not spaced too far apart where the hedgehog can escape. They should be spaced one inch or less.
- Hedgehogs need a lot of room to move about. Ideal cages are four square feet or larger. If you choose to use an aquarium, it should be at minimum 30 gallons.
- Make sure the cage is securely latched.
- Make sure you buy them something to burrow in to sleep, such as a plastic igloo. You can even use a shoebox.
- Put an exercise wheel in the cage.
- Provide him with something to climb on and rocks for chewing, scratching, and rubbing.
- Give him a pan of warm water for swimming.
- Make sure to put a water source in the cage, such as a water bottle that hands on the side of the cage. You can also put water in a bowl.
- You will need a food dish for your cage.
Ventilation is the most important aspect of a cage. The wire cage is the best and safest option for your hedgehog.
Care and Maintenance
Use bedding, such as blankets, Aspen shavings, or recycled paper. Do not use corncob bedding if you have a make, as it will get stuck in their private parts. Cedar and pine shavings are not good either, as they retain moisture and can become moldy. If you do choose a blanket, you can use a litter box filled with cat litter. Whatever bedding you choose, make sure to change and/or clean it regularly to prevent illness.
The hedgehog cage should be placed in a place that will stay warm and will be protected from pets that might try to bother or harm him. Do not place it on the floor, as there are drafts that can get to him. Keep the cage’s temperature about 75 to 85 degrees.
Where to Buy
Hedgehog cages are located in pet stores, pet shops, and online. You can use a ferret cage or rabbit cage; however, there are cages that are made specifically for hedgehogs. Just look online for more options.
Hedgehogs are very easy to care for, especially if they have a clean and comfortable cage.