Cage Location

Aug 30, 2013 by

Noise Level Some hedgehog enthusiasts recommend keeping hedgehog cages in areas that are not high traffic areas, so as not to disturb the sleeping hedgehog. Others recommend that keeping the hedgehog in a busy area of the house allows the hedgehog to become accustomed to the family and increases likelihood of interaction with the family. One should be considerate of noise that may be perceptible to hedgehogs but not to humans.  For instance ultra sonic devices used to deter small rodents are extremely disturbing to a hedgehog’s sensitive ears. Computers and other electronic devices may also emit a noise that some hedgies may find disturbing. We find that playing music is helpful to our animals.  Regular noise throughout the day is muffled by the radio.  Again, be considerate of the hedgehog, in music selection and volume.  Light Level Hedgehogs need regular day and night cycles to keep their biological clocks in balance. Their natural habit has very little seasonal variation in the length of day and night. Hedgehogs kept in basements or windowless rooms should be provided ultra violet light that has a cycle maintained on a timer. The ultra violet night is necessary for vitamin D production and general well being. Hedgehogs should NOT be kept in closets or in the dark. Likewise they should not be kept in direct sunlight as this can be damaging to a hedgehog’s eyes over a period of...

FAQ

Jun 11, 2013 by

Answers to most of our frequently asked questions can be found on our website under the tab“Hedgehog Info.” Our most popular link is our Available Animals page. Please feel free to explore our website – there is a lot of useful information there as well 😉 Here is a list of our most popular FAQs: About Our Babies Decision Making Purchasing Options Appointments Pricing Products Shipping and On the Road Health Care At...

Plastic Storage Containers

Jun 7, 2013 by

Using a plastic storage container as a cage is popular with many breeders. Advantages  Clear plastic tubs can be purchased relatively cheaply.  They are lightweight and easy to transport. Storage containers can be easily cleaned and disinfected. Necessary Modifications  Almost all bins need to have a modified lid in order to prevent escape. Hedgehogs can easily escape up and over bins using water bottles or accessories to give them a boost. Ideally, the top is modified to have a screen or grid, and the sides are drilled or cut to have most of the center removed.  The lid cannot be used unless it is modified. A lid with holes drilled into it may not provide adequate ventilation.  Time and care must taken to prevent respiratory infections. A drill may crack the fairly fragile plastic so be careful when drilling the side holes. Soldering irons melt the plastic but don’t look as neat and tidy. The plastic can be heated with a hair dryer and then cut with a utility knife. The bottle must be secure inside as  Disadvantages One problem with plastic tubs is finding one large enough and tall enough to accommodate the wheel and other accessories without customizing your cage. You can cut out a section of the lid to allow the wheel to move freely and then glue an appropriately sized smaller bin over the top to provide a “dome” over the...

Cage Maintenance

May 21, 2013 by

Introduction A clean cage is essential to the health and well being of your pet. Our rule of thumb is that if the cage smells bad to us, it probably smells really bad to our hedgehog. Hedgehogs have a much better sense of smell than we do. Type of Cage The type of cage and the ventilation it provides can make a difference in the level of odor that accumulates in the area of the cage. A glass aquarium or plastic bin with poor ventilation will harbor odor, moisture, and will encourage bacterial growth, which will in turn create an unsanitary living environment for your hedgehog. If you should choose to use these types of cages, you may need to perform complete bedding changes more frequently than with a wire-topped cage. Marchioro’s solid plastic bottom cages with coated wire tops provide the needed ventilation and they are our recommended choice of cage. Regardless of the type of cage you use, you will still need to perform regular cage cleanings. Type of Litter Different types of bedding have different absorbency levels so the cage may need to be cleaned more or less frequently depending on the size and general messiness of your hedgehog. Pelleted beddings may allow you to sift the good bedding from the soiled bedding to be reused after the bottom has been cleaned. Refer to our Bedding Guide for more information on...