Hedgehog Housing

Proper hedgehog housing is important. It must be safe. You do not want your hedgehog injured by improper housing. It must have room. Your hedgehog needs room to explore. There are three forms of common hedgehog housing: Aquarium, Cage, and Free-roam. Regardless of the type of housing you choose, you must ensure your hedgehog has food, water, and a place to hide. A wheel is strongly suggested because hedgehogs require plenty of excercise. Do not use a wire hamster or mouse wheel.

If you are using an aquarium, it must be large. Unfortunately, most aquariums are designed for fish. They have a little floor space with a lot of height. What you really want is a lot of floor space with rather little height. With that in mind, look for an aquarium that is at least 3 feet by 2 feet on bottom and short enough that you can easily reach inside of it.
Hamster and ferret cages are often used for hedgehogs. They are usually designed for easy cleaning. They also tend to have a lot of roaming room. The drawback is that many hedgehogs do not like to climb (mainly, they dislike descending once they climb). So, look for a cage that is mostly flat instead of one with a lot of ramps or stairs.
A hamster cage has limited floorspace in a single area. Hedgehogs must be able to use the tubes to move from one area to another. A ferret cage provides a lot of room, but the ramps are too steep for most hedgehogs.
Because some hedgehogs will use a litterbox, some owners will allow their hedgehogs to freely roam the house. If you do this, your house must be hedgehog-friendly. They will try to eat through power cords or stick their tongues in electrical outlets. They will eat insect/pest poisons (which is obviously fatal for your hedgehog). They will scratch and chew on soft wood surfaces. They will burrow under blankets and pillows - so always check for hedgehogs before you sit. With a safe home, a free-roaming hedgehog can be a delight for both you and visitors who are surprised to see a prickly little friend wander by.
A highly similar option to the free-roam hedgehog is a fenced-in hedgehog. Giving a hedgehog a single room or placing a fence around a large area will give the hedgehog the feeling of freely roaming the house without requiring the hedgehog owners to worry about the hedgehog getting into every little corner of the house. This can be acheived in many creative ways. We have seen hedgehogs given an entire sunken living room to play in. We've also seen the wooden rectangle of a waterbed frame used as a large fence to give a hedgehog half of a bedroom to freely run around.

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