THE HEDGEHOG ROOM
Our hedgehogs reside in our daughter's toy room. They are kept on heavy duty metal racks. I use plastic totes for all of my hedgehogs. I personally think its the safest most sanitary cage they can be kept in. Totes provide plenty of room for them to play and run, without bars that they could potentially break their little legs on.
All hedgehogs are taken out and handled on a daily basis. Being in my daughter's playroom allows them to hear the sounds of everyday life, such as the many noises of a toddler and the television. Hearing everyday noises is part of the socialization process, There are two windows on the wall opposite of the hedgehogs, which allows natural light during the day. Natural light allows them to stay on the proper sleep cycle.
Our hedgehog setup below.
Inside each tote I use a layer of wood pellet bedding with a thick layer of Carefresh on top. Under the wheel area I use only wood pellet bedding, this provides a 'litter box' area (they do most of their potty business on and around the wheel).
I provide a 12" wheel, A plastic hide and/or fleece sleep sack, two metal or crock dishes (one for water and one for food), and various toys such as crinkle balls, rubber ducks, plastic balls, plastic eggs, mint sticks, little stuffies etc.
Cage examples below.
Some of the hedgehogs are provided with fleece wheel liners. Some breeders don't recommend liners for fear that they may snag a toenail, but I have personally had no issues with them. It provides a comfortable surface for them to run. It's also a lot more sanitary in my opinion.When they void, it doesn't stick to the liner and fleece wicks the urine away from their feet.. When the liners are soiled, I toss them into the washing machine and wipe down the wheel. I purchased my liners from www.etsy.com.
Example of wheel liner below.