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Hedgehog Bedding And Litter Basics

Provide bedding for a hedgehog to burrow in.

By Audrey Pavia

The best bedding for a hedgehog’s cage is recycled paper litter or aspen shavings. Hedgehogs enjoy burrowing into this soft bedding, which is absorbent and helps control cage odors.

Cedar and non kiln-dried pine shavings are not recommended because they can carry a strong scent that may irritate the hedgehog’s airways. Sawdust is not recommended either because it can cause respiratory issues in hedgehogs. Some experts warn against corn cob bedding because it can harm hedgehogs if they ingest it.

Bedding can be placed in the hedgehog’s nest box, as well as in a litter box. Some hedgehog owners use dust-free, non-clumping cat litter for the litter box and paper litter or aspen shavings for the nest box.

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No aspen for hedgehogs!
Shannon, Illinois, IL
Posted: 12/12/2014 11:06:25 AM
It is really important to make sure you use as dust free a bedding as possible, the first bedding I used when i brought my hedgehog home was a recycled newspaper type bedding but it was very dusty and ended up causing a respiratory infection. So save yourself the $200 vet bill and use shredded paper bedding/ bedding with NO dust
e watks, Toronto
Posted: 11/28/2011 7:14:05 AM
sounds like rodents, who prefer to build a nest out of soft bedding, too
a, b, VA
Posted: 5/19/2010 8:59:23 AM
Good advice
Sheryl, Bloomington, IN
Posted: 1/1/2009 12:46:39 PM
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