Many track and field athletes and runners are pet enthusiasts. Among their common pets are dogs which they can take on their regular runs. However, there are also some who have developed an interest in raising exotic pets such as hedgehogs.
Although you cannot take your pet with you during your training or regular running exercise, unlike dogs, hedgehogs certainly make an entertaining pet. They are also suitable for your hectic schedule because they do not require much attention as long as you have given them what they need. And among their top needs is the appropriate place to stay.
You cannot just raise your hedgehog in any cage you bought. Hedgehog cages must follow certain standards to make them ideal for the health and growth of your pet. Hedgehogs spend most of their time in their cages. So they deserve to have a cage where all their needs are present and where they can feel secure, safe and entertained.
Although hedgehogs are small, they are very active animals during their waking hours. This means that they need a bit of space. Their cages should be at least two feet wide and four feet long. A bigger cage is even better because it can give them more space to play and move around. A solid floor works best than a wire floor because the latter can be painful for its feet. Multi-level cages also make a great home for hedgehogs since they like to climb and explore their place from time to time.
Once you have the right cage, it should be placed away from heaters, air conditioning, drafts, windows and places with direct exposure to cold or hot temperature. Ideally, the temperature should be between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Moreover, put the cage in a place where the animal can still experience daylight and darkness.
One of the most important things to put in the cage is the substrate or bedding. Recycled pulp or paper is one of your best options. Avoid using wood shavings because they can be less comfortable to your pet. There should also be a hide area where your pet can escape to relax and hide from scrutiny. You can use a pet igloo, wood box, half log or tubing for this purpose. Another important component of a cage is the litter box. You can place just a small box with recycled paper litter pellets inside the cage. Water bowls and food bowls are also important. Your pet should have clean water and food at all times. The best option for water bottle is a stoppered water bottle. For food bowls, you should have one food bowl for moist foods and another for dry foods. Use heavy bowls that you can attach to the cage to avoid spilling.
In addition, a hedgehog cage should also have materials for exercise and entertainment. Some of the popular additions you can put are exercise wheel, ramps, tunnels, ledges and other decors.
If you want to raise a hedgehog, you should be able to meet the standard requirements for its cage. These requirements are necessary for your pet to stay healthy, happy and satisfied.