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So many decisions to make before even buying a hedgehog! Deciding on what to use for your hedgie’s home is a big one, and the fact that there is a lack of products made directly for hedgehogs makes this decision even harder.
Ultimately, your decision will depend on: i) quality of life, ii) personal affordability, and iii) feasibility for your particular area. Here are some options to consider.
Critter Nation Cages
I absolutely love these! Critter Nation cages are wired cages marketed for ferrets.
Since they are wired cages, they offer great ventilation to ensure your hedgie is getting enough fresh air cycled through.
They come in single or double-layered sizes, so it is very space efficient if you would like to own more than one hedgehog. Personally, I’ve been keeping these set-ups in my memory bank for when I start a breeding program (sometime in the distant future).
Be aware; because they are marketed as two story cages for ferrets, you will have to create a fully flat bottom on the top layer with a board or something similar if you plan on housing two animals at the same time.
These are on the expensive end as far as cages go, and a more adventurous hedgehog can actually climb the wires or get their head stuck in between them. For this reason, the bars must be covered past the height your hedgehog can reach.
Plastic Bottomed Wire Cages
Aside from the critter nation cages, there are also wire cages with a plastic bin for a bottom. I have to admit, I’m a little biased towards wire cages because I like that they offer a good amount of ventilation so that there is always airflow through the cage.
This also means that heat isn’t held in as much, so it may take a higher wattage lamp to heat the cage to ambient hedgehog temperature (72 – 80 ºF).
These can be found anywhere from the midrange to high price point when it comes to commercially available cages.
As with the Critter Nation cages, there is a climbing hazard. If the tray isn’t a deep tray, you may have to cover the wires to discourage climbing.
Reptile vivariums are quite popular among hedgehog owners because the walls of the cage can’t be climbed.
Vivariums usually open almost completely from the side, so cleaning is easier than the smaller openings that the wire cages can have.
They are designed to hold in heat, so they can be prone to being overheated past 80°F and don’t offer as much free airflow through the cage as wire cages. When using vivariums as hedgehog habitats, the use of a thermostat is ever more important so that the lamp will turn off once it reaches your desired temperature.
If you are considering a vivarium for your hedgehog habitat, it’s better to buy new to avoid sicknesses from any microbe another species of animal might carry. I’ve heard horror stories of fungus infections, even when the habitat has been cleaned with bleach!
Cubes and Coroplast (C&C)
If you are pretty crafty (unlike myself), you can make your own DIY hedgehog cage out of storage cubes and cut coroplast for the floor and walls.
C&C cages are popular among hedgehog owners because of the versatility. You can make any shape of cage you want, in any size! And they offer free airflow if uncovered.
There is still a climbing hazard as they are wired, so the coroplast walls should come up past where your hedgie can jump up and reach.
If you craft a cage yourself, they are inexpensive relative to the commercially available wire cages or Critter Nation cages.
If, however, you are like me and are not the craftiest of people, there are options to buy these types of cages. If you choose to buy this type of cage, the cost is close to a regular small animal wired cage with a plastic bottom.
I see less of plastic storage bins used as cages, but they are still in use.
They offer more ventilation than vivariums, and if they have high enough sides there is no risk of your hedgie climbing out and hurting itself.
It can be difficult to find a bin with adequate floor space for hedgehog. Some (more crafty) owners fix this by connecting two storage bins together by a PVC pipe or some other type of tunnel.
Some Things to Consider
One crucial thing to consider when picking out your cage is floor space. An adult hedgehog needs a minimum of 4 square feet of floor space.
Many plastic bins (as well as wired cages with a plastic bin for flooring) will taper down at the bottom, decreasing the amount of usable floor space you actually have. So be sure to measure at the bottom of the cage to get an accurate measurement.
Bigger is also not always better either. Hedgehogs are not fans of big wide-open spaces, so if you have a huge cage you will need to fill the open space with toys for your little friends. It’s not a bad problem to have, just be aware that you will need to fill the extra space.
If you would like to craft a multi-level cage, as some owners do, ensure that you fashion a ramp with sides so that your hedgie can’t walk off the edge (some owners like to use tunnels). Your hedgie will walk off the edge if it can.
All in all, for which ever type of cage you choose ensure that you are aware of and correct for any hazards it can present, and that there is lots of room for your hedgie to run around.
Did you find this helpful? What kind of home does your hedgie live in? Let us know in the comments below!