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Today, I have a little different sort of post for you. As a lot of you know, I’m getting a hedgehog soon (comment names down below). All of my supplies are on their way. I couldn’t wait so I figured I’d share all of the supplies and my own research with you. I’ve watched what seems like a million YouTube videos, who knows how many blog posts, books, and even a lot of forums. I plan on making all my own fleece liners, snuggle sacks and many more, so stay tuned for that.
Today, I bring to you all of the supplies I purchased for my cage!
A basic C&C cage is a cube and coroplast cage. The basic concept is to put together storage cubes and the bottom is covered with coroplast. Coroplast is basically a cardboard that is plastic, aka waterproof, which makes cleaning any messes, whether you use bedding or fleece (as I am using).
I would get two sets of these just in case, especially if you want storage underneath. I just shopped online, but you can also find these at Target or other similar retailers. I would recommend making sure you have enough extras to make a lid just because hedgies are really good climbers and you may risk an escape!
You also need some coroplast. You can easily cut to size and shape. This needs to be along the bottom and at least ten inches up the sides of the cage. Here’s another set of coroplast just to give you a few different options since Amazon prices are always a little weird.
For a hedgehog, a wheel is absolutely mandatory. Hedgehogs definitely need the exercise. I personally bought the best of the best (and most recommended), which is the Carolina Storm Wheel however, just make sure whatever wheel you get, it needs to be at least 12-inches in diameter like this one from Amazon.
Hedgehogs are prey animals and therefore will feel more comfortable with a hideaway, especially to sleep. This is a must. (I plan on covering mine with a nice fleece cover to make it more homey for my own preference and also to keep it warmer.)
From what I’ve found, these are really nice bowls. They’re less likely to get tipped and since there’s a dip on one side, your hedgie is less likely to stick their (poopy) feet into their food or water.
If you go for the water bottle route, please please please make sure it does not have a spring in the tip. A lot of bottles have this to keep the ball up front but this could harm your hedgehog by getting their tongue stuck. Only reason I will switch is if my hedgie is super messy and doesn’t want to keep the water bowl clean.
Hedgehogs needs to be kept at 72-80 (I’d suggest more like 74 to 80) degrees Fahrenheit at all times. If your house’s thermometer is set to 74, you cannot guarantee the cage is at 74. I’m not picking up my heat emitters yet because the cage will be set up in the warmest room of the house. I’m hoping I don’t need to set up an extra heat lamp, but I’ll be able to test the temperature before moving the hedgehog into their new home.
Those are the main necessities for a hedgehog. If you have any questions or concerns, please comment below. I would be more than happy to help.