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Myspoiltpiggies
11-05-05, 08:47 am
My little Dude, Oscar, has a new cage.

This is his old tiny petstore cage. As you can see his hidey and foodbowls barely fit in there along with Oscar himself. I could hear him at night searching for something to do and I new he was bored. But how could I fit any toys in there? The cage is 25 x 15 inches.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/90katrina90/100_5362.jpg

I gathered materials from the shed and thought how I could improve his life. I made him a 31 x 21 inch cage. It is in my room above my chest of drawers. As their are walls around the side I decided he didn't need edges round his cage so he only has two grids at the front to stop him falling out. I am able to fit more stuff in there to entertain him and he seems much happier.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/90katrina90/100_5685.jpg

He won the rosettes at a pet show!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/90katrina90/100_5686.jpg

Myspoiltpiggies
11-05-05, 08:51 am
His cuddly toys
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/90katrina90/100_5689.jpg

Food bowls and tube
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/90katrina90/100_5688.jpg

His hideys
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/90katrina90/100_5687.jpg

fourbwabbys
11-05-05, 10:42 am
The cage looks great! He must love all of that room! But, something I wouldn't suggest doing is showing him. As you probably already know, this site is anti-showing.

Pigaroo Mama
11-05-05, 11:24 am
Very nice job... he is a lucky hedgie.
Does he snuggle with his hedgehog stuffed animals?

Myspoiltpiggies
11-05-05, 11:50 am
This site is against showing run by breeders..etc.. He only comes along to pet shows. They are much different and I thought they were okay and were allowed on this site:confused: Many people on here take their guinea pigs to those type of shows I thought.:sorry:

Myspoiltpiggies
11-05-05, 11:51 am
Very nice job... he is a lucky hedgie.
Does he snuggle with his hedgehog stuffed animals?
He doesn't snuggle with them but he likes to push them around the cagelol

Fluffball
11-05-05, 10:10 pm
Its a wonderful cage! Do you have any pictures of him in the cage? We dont have Hedgehogs over here, so I would love to see some of him!

Solebomber
11-05-05, 10:41 pm
I would have to imagine a "pet" show would be much different than a show put on by breeders and wouldn't be classified as a show that promoted breeding and showing based on a set breed type standard, but more of an educational and fun type of show promoting responsible ownership and somewhere for like minded people to get together and have fun with thier pets, of course I would imagine some pets could or would be stressed greatly being transported and in a unfamiliar place where as other pets would have fun and of course that would be the judgement of the pets owner as to wether the animal enjoys going on trips and visiting new places or would totally freak out.

stitsy&codyPig
11-05-05, 10:43 pm
Wow I bet he loves his new cage!

Fluff_n_roll
11-06-05, 03:54 am
Great cage!! :)

Myspoiltpiggies
11-06-05, 05:22 am
:) Thanks everyone. Oscar only goes to his pet shows once a year and he doesn't get stressed at all. Last time they didn't take him out.. they just looked at him in his cage. They did that with a few because they didn't want to disturb them. He is used to journeys as I like to take him out with me and he walks around the house with me so he's used to lots of noise. Here are some pictures of him!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/90katrina90/100_5721.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/90katrina90/100_5728.jpg

Cavie Cove
11-07-05, 10:58 am
Nice hedgehog. Is he an albino type?
I never knew you could have hedgehogs as pets.

Myspoiltpiggies
11-07-05, 11:11 am
No he is not Albino, funnily enough I always get asked that questionlol African Pygmy hedgehog are lighter than wild ones I suppose. He is a crossbreed - Salt and Pepper x Apricot. I didn't know they could be pets either until I found the person who was selling him:eek:

Kriket
11-07-05, 01:36 pm
Oscar looks just like my Em! Unfortunatly she passed on a few years ago, and just didn't want another hedgie, as much as I loved her. Very cute, and such a nice cage!

Sabriel
11-29-05, 09:35 am
My guinea pigs have a hedge hog toy. :p We call him Mr.Hedgie. I put him in with my single skinny pig.

My pigs like to push thier hedgehog plush around too.

Myspoiltpiggies
11-29-05, 02:42 pm
Aww Kriket I'm sorry about Em.:guilty: After Oscar I will probably not get another hedgy, they are interesting pets but not the type to snuggle with.. and they are so much money.:eek: But I really love Oscar, he is an intertaining pet!!!

Hehe.. He pushed one of his hedghehog toys to the food dish yesterday, maybe he wanted to share his food:confused:

Sabriel
11-29-05, 07:29 pm
Kero used to do that all the time. He was always shoving Mr. Hedgie's head into the veggie dish. Now he's older and doesn't do it anymore :( He was quite mad at Mr.Hedgie for smelling a bit like Spinel so we put Mr. Hedgie in with Lina. It's quite the love triangle.

2pigs4rats
12-03-05, 01:38 pm
so, are hedgies friendly cuz he looks soooo cute! ......considering a hedgehog as a pet....now i've seen this!

Myspoiltpiggies
12-03-05, 02:12 pm
yeah, Oscar is a friendly little guy.:) He doesn't bite at all and he doesn't ever curl up in a ball.

2pigs4rats
12-03-05, 02:15 pm
ahhh cute m/b will get one one day then....not right now though - don't have room for a big enough cage.

Hansel
12-13-05, 12:38 pm
What is a good sized cage for a single hedgie? and are they like GP's where they like to have buddies?

SkinnyPiggys
12-13-05, 12:56 pm
Does your hedgie have a wheel? It's VERY inportant that hedgehogs have bucket style wheels that are at least 12". They actually walk about 7 miles a night in the wild!


I also noticed that you are using shavings. Many hedgie owners have switched over to fleece liners. They work wonderfully! I put puppy pads underneath my hedgies wheels because most hedgies go to the bathroom while they are wheeling.

I do hedgie rescue and have lots of great sites that I can send you if you want. Please feel free to ask me any questions!

Thanks,
Julie :)

SkinnyPiggys
12-13-05, 12:58 pm
http://www.angelfire.com/wa2/comemeetmyfamily/tableofcontents.html

Here is the best hedgehog site there is. I have many more if needed.

~Julie

Hansel
12-13-05, 01:22 pm
Hi Julie,

I am interested in getting a hedgie, and ANY info would be fantastic! my email is [email protected] if you would like to email me.

*Kate*

SkinnyPiggys
12-13-05, 01:40 pm
Here are some great hedgehog sites:

http://www.angelfire.com/wa2/comeme...ofcontents.html (http://www.angelfire.com/wa2/comemeetmyfamily/tableofcontents.html)

www.hedgehogwelfare.org (http://www.hedgehogwelfare.org)

www.hedgies.com (http://www.hedgies.com)

www.aspinyplace.com (http://www.aspinyplace.com)

Please feel free to pm with any questions! ;)

Myspoiltpiggies
12-13-05, 02:49 pm
Does your hedgie have a wheel? It's VERY inportant that hedgehogs have bucket style wheels that are at least 12". They actually walk about 7 miles a night in the wild!


I also noticed that you are using shavings. Many hedgie owners have switched over to fleece liners. They work wonderfully! I put puppy pads underneath my hedgies wheels because most hedgies go to the bathroom while they are wheeling.
I'm getting him a wheel for chistmas!:) It is £15 so I hope he uses it!
About shavings? Can they actually cause problems or do you just suggest it because it's easier?

Thanks!:heart:

flower power :@
12-13-05, 02:56 pm
Wow! Very nice cage:D
I want a hedhe-hog now hehe

poppy
xx

flower power :@
12-13-05, 02:57 pm
Edit: It double posted :S

Ly&Pigs
12-13-05, 04:47 pm
I overlooked this thread when it first came about and found it today. I want to address something though.


This site is against showing run by breeders..etc.. He only comes along to pet shows. They are much different and I thought they were okay and were allowed on this site Many people on here take their guinea pigs to those type of shows I thought.
This site is against showing period. No members that I know of here that are respectable/respected members take their guinea pigs to shows. It is not ok and not allowed on this site to discuss any type of "how-to" showing discussions. When we say anti-breeding that means we don't condone breeding and when we say anti-showing that includes any type of shows whether they are by a breeder or not.

SkinnyPiggys
12-13-05, 08:09 pm
I'm so happy that you are getting your hedgie a wheel! He is very handsome but a bit overweight. Have you been weighing him? I weigh all of my small critters with a digital kitchen scale every week. It's one of the best ways to catch any health problems.

As far as the fleece goes, I like it better because it doesn't have dust or particles that can get stuck in hedgies privates. It's so much cleaner then shavings. If you stick with the shavings make sure that it is Aspen. What kind of food are you feeding him? Do you supplement with meal worms?

~Julie :)

Myspoiltpiggies
12-14-05, 01:23 am
:) Okay, I might change to fleece or towels. I'm not sure what type shavings it is - someone just suggested it and told me that's what they keep their animals on and they are fine. But since my guinea pigs are getting a change of bedding soon, Oscar will too!

Yeah, he gets mealworms. How much should he eat a day? I'm worried he might be having too much because you said about his weight.

ilovemykisses
12-14-05, 06:37 am
He has a lovely cage.. it looks nice and roomy. He's gorgeous too.. I've always wanted one, but my husband says I have enough pets. :(

Hopefully one day he'll give in.. I just got to get him around one. ;)

What do they feel like?

Myspoiltpiggies
12-14-05, 10:17 am
As long as he has his spines laid flat it feels quite cool to stroke. Though he prefers to be stroked where he has hair more.lol He hates being touched around his belly :rolleyes: though males have a little something where you'd think there belly button should be so I guess he wouldn't like being touched there.:o When he's in a bad mood, not a good idea to stroke him!

SkinnyPiggys
12-14-05, 12:03 pm
If you do switch stick with fleece. Towels can be dangerous for hedgies as they can get the little loops of fabric stuck on their feet. Many hedgies have had to have feet/legs amputated because of this.

Did you check out the sites I listed? They will give you great info on food. I wouldn't give more than 4-5 mealworms a day. They are fattening. Do you feed him some sort of dry food? They should have a mix of high end cat foods too. Many of the foods marketed for hedgies are terrible. Check out the first site I gave you for food recommendations. It should be high in protein and low in fat.

They also need to stay warm. I keep a small space heater in the hedgies room set on a minimum of 70 degrees F. I also keep a Snuggle Safe Disc from Petsmart on one side of his cage. You could also use a heating pad set on low underneath his cage, on one side.

Keep those hedgies warm!
Julie

ilovemykisses
12-14-05, 08:00 pm
As long as he has his spines laid flat it feels quite cool to stroke. Though he prefers to be stroked where he has hair more.lol He hates being touched around his belly though males have a little something where you'd think there belly button should be so I guess he wouldn't like being touched there. When he's in a bad mood, not a good idea to stroke him!



He sounds like so much fun. They just look like they have so much character. I'm wanting one more and more. :love: Give him a stroke on the head for me. :)

Zeander
12-14-05, 11:18 pm
That picture of him in the yard is adorable! They are such peculiar looking animals.

kimberly78
12-15-05, 03:41 pm
I love your cage, such a nice job!!!

Myspoiltpiggies
12-31-05, 03:37 am
Thanks!:cheerful: He has been on fleece for a week now and seems to like it. At first he got confused and dug his way under itlol

Myspoiltpiggies
12-31-05, 03:43 am
Did you check out the sites I listed? They will give you great info on food. I wouldn't give more than 4-5 mealworms a day. They are fattening. Do you feed him some sort of dry food? They should have a mix of high end cat foods too. Many of the foods marketed for hedgies are terrible. Check out the first site I gave you for food recommendations. It should be high in protein and low in fat.

They also need to stay warm. I keep a small space heater in the hedgies room set on a minimum of 70 degrees F. I also keep a Snuggle Safe Disc from Petsmart on one side of his cage. You could also use a heating pad set on low underneath his cage, on one side.

Keep those hedgies warm!
Julie
Yeah, I had a look at the sites. He gets 5 mealworms a day so he shouldn't be fat:confused: I got some scales to weigh my animals on for christmas so I will have a see how much he is. His dry food is Eukanuba adult cat food (chicken & liver). He lives in my room so he should be pretty warm but the person who I got him from never told me to heat his cage or anything, does he need it? I know those little heat mats are a lot of money so can he use a water bottle?

Myspoiltpiggies
01-05-06, 01:11 am
I got him a wheel yesterday!!:) I woke at 5am and he was using it.. I didn't think he would after all this time not having one.:crazy: