Hedgehogging is the sport of putting a hedgehog inside a small cage and letting them free-roam and explore their surroundings. In the wild, the hedgehogs eat many types of plants, bugs, and grasses. In the wild, hedgehogs are very adept swimmers and climbers and frequently run several miles each night. To satisfy their active exercise needs, hedgehog pets need an enclosure large enough for their activity and space for natural Foraging behavior. The following tips will help you create a fun, safe, indoor environment for your hedgehog.
Quill, quillwork and hedgehog blankets are an important part of the hedgehog’s home. Quillwork can include anything from string, yarns or brocade, and can add an element of surprise to your pet’s environment. Quills are small pieces of fabric, like material or ribbon, that can be tied around objects to create a colorful pattern. These fabric scraps are perfect for pet owners because it adds interest without creating a mess. When choosing fabric, quillwork or quilting should be confined to the edges of the cage to prevent suffocation.
A hedgehog enclosure should not be difficult to build or set up. Keep in mind that a hedgehog may be very active at different times of the day so an outdoor enclosure during the summer might not be ideal for hedgehog activity. A large shelter that provides good visibility and protection from the sun is also recommended. An outdoor hedgehog enclosure can be constructed using sturdy wire, concrete slabs, or wood. Your local pet store will be able to assist you in selecting the appropriate material.
Quills are strips of fabric, similar to batting, that can be tied around objects or added to a cage to provide visual interest or aid in moving your hedgehog. Quills are most attractive when they are “pigmented” with color or dyes – this will make your hedgehog seem more attractive and lively. Pigmented quills can be purchased from a variety of pet stores and are relatively inexpensive.
The most important food group for hedgehog feeders is insects. You should provide crickets, mealworms, wax worms, grubs, wax flies and ants for sale at your local pet store. Other beneficial insects for your hedgehog are grasshoppers, spiders, flies and leeches.
A variety of hedgehog treats are available to help your hedgehog enjoy life to the fullest. Although hedgehog quills and feathers are one of your hedgehog’s primary ways of communicating with you, other foods are also important to your hedgehog. Some pets prefer vegetables to fruits, while others may have a problem with certain fruits or vegetables. Always check with your veterinarian first to make sure the treat is safe for your hedgehog. Be sure not to give your hedgehog peanut butter or chocolate as these can be toxic to hedgehog.