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New Hedgehog Checklist

Use this checklist before you bring a pet hedgehog home.

By Audrey Pavia

1. Cage – The largest cage you can afford, allowing at least 2 square feet of floor space per hedgehog. Cage should be made from wire mesh no larger than 1 by 2 inches in size, with a solid floor.

2. Exercise wheel 11 inches in diameter, designed for hamsters or hedgehogs. The wheel should have a solid floor to run on.

3. Nest box made from untreated wood or plastic; large enough for the hedgehog to fit inside.

4. Commercial hedgehog food or high-quality, low fat dry cat food.

5. Food bowl in a heavy crock to prevent spillage

6. Hanging water bottle that attaches to the side of the cage.

7. Toys such as small, solid rubber balls made for cats; empty toilet paper rolls, small cardboard boxes.

8. A small litter box that fits in the corner of the cage, along with non-clumping, dust-free, unscented cat litter or recycled paper litter.

9. Bedding safe for small animals, such as recycled paper bedding or aspen shavings

10. Nail clippers designed for cats or human babies

11. Travel carrier designed for small animals


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This list has allot ofincorrect dangerous information in it if you are referring to frican Pygmy hedgehogs.
Amber, West Monroe, LA
Posted: 9/29/2015 5:41:38 PM
Done animal care and a bit worried about some advice.
1. min size for a hog is 3ft by 18inches (a zoozone 2 or a viv)
2. wheel has to be 12" min, type either a bucket wheel or flying saucer (big debates over which is better)
3. wood can carry mites, best to use a fleece pouch (also fleece is the safest bedding)
4. hedgehog food is designed for wild hogs not pet. they need a cat biscuit with a 33-35% protien and a less than 18% fat rate.
5. heavy bowls ideal.
6. water bottles can break teeth and cut tongue a heavy bowl is best
7. light weight baby toys, plastic rattley cat toys, toilet rolls with slits down (otherwise hogs get stuck)
8. litter box with wheel in (hogs poo and run) dust free and none clumping - male hogs can get the clumps stuck in genitals
9. NO SHAVINGS fleece, finacard or recycled paper is best
10. as suggested, nail clippers for humans or small animals
11. pet carrier - personally a cat one is best as of all the things a hog needs also hogs get travel sick
Aimee, International
Posted: 12/18/2013 4:39:27 PM
The mesh wire should only be 1" wide max, any larger and the hedgehog could get his head stuck between the bars.

Commercial Hedgehog food is actually bad for them it does not have the proper nutrience in it there are to many fillers. A blend of high protine low fat cat foods is best.

They also need a heat source hedgies need to be between 72-80 degrees.
DHer, Dover, NH
Posted: 10/4/2013 7:47:31 AM
This is a practical idea, I'll do this next time. :)
Hannah, Gallatin, TN
Posted: 9/14/2013 8:58:02 AM
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