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The best cages for hedgehogs are the ones made for dwarf rabbits and guinea pigs. They should have a non mesh floor with bars for ventilation. Use a non dusty bedding such as Carefresh or Aspen Shavings.
Iggloos work nice as a hide box for hedgehogs. An exercise wheel is a must, make sure the wheel is at least 9'' or bigger and easy to clean since hedgehogs often go to the bathroom on them. Other fun toys you can try are small wiffle balls, fleece sacks, big clear balls (we use to call hamster balls) the hedgehog can get inside are nice when cleaning the cage.
cat food
A hedgehogs diet should be high in protein low in fat. I feed a high quality cat food along with freeze dried crickets as the staple. I feed one or two crickets a day. Mealworms can also be fed as treats but to make a healthier treat feed the mealworms first such as kale over night before giving the mealworms to the hedgehog. I also supplement fresh fruits, vegetables and cooked meats. I feed my hedgehogs, Chicken Soup for the Soul (Adult) dry cat food. Here is a list of cat foods.These companies can be considered "quality" by the standards set by the hedgehogcentral forum. Check individual flavors for fat and protein content before selecting them, but these companies are currently trustworthy:
Blue Buffalo*
By Nature
Chicken Soup for the Soul
I and Love and You*
Nature's Logic (very high protein, very high quality, similar to a raw diet)
Now Fresh^
Orijen (high protein, whole prey food. The dog foods have lower protein)
Simply Nourish (Petsmart brand)
Solid Gold
Wild Calling!
ZiwiPeak (air dried, over 20% fat)A guide to a good quality cat food would be that the first ingredient be an animal product such as chicken or beef and not a by-product or filler.
Other Supplies- Have a nail clipper on hand. Hedgehog's nails will need trimming from time to time. A ceramic food dish around three inches in diameter is best for hedghogs. Any bigger in diameter hedgehogs tend to climb in and eat as well as using the food dish as a toilet.
Hedgehogs need to be kept between 73-75 to around 80-82. If the temps go below 73 you will need to set up a heating system. The best system that most people use these days is a ceramic heat emitter bulb that is screwed into a 10 inch lamp dome. The lamp should have a ceramic/porcelain socket. The wattage of the bulb should be either 100 or 150 watts depending how cold you keep the room. You will also need a thermostat to regulate the temperature inside the cage. You can find these supplies online or at stores like PetSmart.