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PostSubject: Enrichment around the cage   Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:21 pm

Hey everyone

I was wondering what sort of enrichment should be provided in the cage and play area, apart from the obvious sleepy hidey-hole and wheel. I've heard that hedgies like playing with cat toys with bells etc, toilet roll tubes and things like pingpong balls etc, but i was wondering what otehr things i could consider adding - would they like a pile of fleece strips to hide under? do they need some things to chew on? would they benefit from having food presented to them in unusual/challanging ways - e.g. wrapping it in newspaper, or a puzzle thing - one of those small balls that deposits food as it's pushed around etc?

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PostSubject: Re: Enrichment around the cage   Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:24 pm

Iv heard kongs stuffed with mealies.

A tray of fleece strips to forage hide mealies in it...also heard ppl, collect corns and leaves, put them in the oven for a few hours to kill bacteria etc...and use that.....or buy it in bags from pets at home.

Chinchilla sand is also loved.

Teddies...crinkly toys, like babies like....they love metal...
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PostSubject: Re: Enrichment around the cage   Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:33 pm

Their wheel is the best toy - you can also get fleece ferret tunnels which they can run through as well - I have them in my run, easy to wash and dry x
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PostSubject: Re: Enrichment around the cage   Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:37 pm

The wheel is the main attraction....and food...lol
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PostSubject: Re: Enrichment around the cage   Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:12 pm

Some hedgehogs love catnip, so a little cat toy with it in can go down very well. I have one hoggie that goes mad for it - more so than my cat, hehe! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Enrichment around the cage   Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:17 pm

Apparently catnip is bad for hogs, so I read, there is toxins in it?.?????
I didn't know this till a few months ago, coz iv bought my hog cat nip toys...
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PostSubject: Re: Enrichment around the cage   Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:29 pm

I have heard this before but then there are sites that say it is safe - so much conflicting advice out there x
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PostSubject: Re: Enrichment around the cage   Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:58 am

Thanks for your help - i'll do some research before buying anything containing cat-nip, but it's fun to know that option is there.

Tunnels is something i hadnt thought of - i'll have to start making things when i know i can actually have a hedgehog.
How would chinchilla sand be used? is it similar and they'd have dust baths in it, or is it just because it's a fun different texture? I can imagine it's get everywhere, but could be a good thing to put in a day or 2 before the cage needs to be cleaned anyway
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PostSubject: Re: Enrichment around the cage   Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:06 pm

You can use it in a cat litter tray and they will roll in it and use it to clean with - think Nikki posted a video in the tenrecs on how hers used it to clean themselves with x
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PostSubject: Re: Enrichment around the cage   Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:24 pm

Iv seen SAMs dobby use it in a vid, it's very adorable....I just having got round to buying it....and when I go to the pet shop it goes put of my mind.
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PostSubject: Re: Enrichment around the cage   Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:37 pm

Know that feeling, I have just been looking for my phone - couldn't hear it ringing in the house - had left it in the car!
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