Bin Cages and Hedgehogs

Bin cages are a great idea for hamster owners to give their hamsters a large space with minimal investment, but what about hedgehogs?

The minimum size cage for hedgehogs is two square feet of space with a foot high walls. As long as you get a large bin you should be fine on those measurements, but what else do you need to know? Well, let’s talk about it.

Ventilation

If you leave the lid off of the bin  while your hedgehog is in it you will have enough ventilation with no worries what so ever. If you want the lid on the bin you will need to provide ventilation, you can do this one of two ways. One is to cut holes at the top of the bin like this. Personally I wouldn’t do this. If you need to leave the lid on I would suggest cutting holes in the sides and putting a wire mesh over the holes, like this, so that your little friend can’t get out. Personally when Gatsby is in his bin cage I will just keep the lid off because he isn’t much of a climber and I find that this works just fine.

The Wheel

Hedgehogs have big wheels, and many of them will stick out above where the lid goes, and what many people do is simply cut a square where the wheel will be. This is also one of the most popular reasons that people will just leave the lid off. Please keep in mind that if you are using a flying saucer this will be lower but will take up more floor room, so you might want to think about getting an even larger bin if you use this type of wheel. The California storm wheel doesn’t seem to hit the lid as long as it is on the lowest setting, but if you do need/want it on any higher setting I would strongly suggest leaving the lid off of it unless you absolutely need to.

Bedding

I have used both fleece and wood shavings/carefreash in my bin cage and the only thing I have to say is that if you plan on not using fleece a bin cage is very easy to clean and much less messy in comparison. It is also very easy to clean and works double when you’re moving your hedgehog to keep everything in one place.

Expanding the Cage

My least favorite thing about this type of cage is that it seems like they aren’t very expandable, but it actually is possible to expand them. Many people will buy several bins and use PVS pipes to connect the cages. Here is an example. Doing this allows you to expand your hedgehog’s habitat, but it can be hard to do if you don’t know what you’re doing. (This is why I haven’t attempted to do this)

See you soon,

Amanda

NONE OF THE PICTURES IN THIS POST ARE MINE

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