• Privacy Please!

    It is important that every hedgehog cage include some kind of hiding spot. This does NOT keep the hedgehog from becoming properly socialized, what it does is helps your hedgehog have an area where they can feel secure and less stressed. There are many many options for hiding spot, but only a few suggestions will be discussed here.

    This is basically a small fabric pocket, usually around 12 inches square, that is made out of usually a cotton fabric double layered and sewn carefully to avoid any exposed threads or edges. They are available many places online, or are easy to make for someone with some sewing machine know-how. They are very reasonably priced, come in an ENDLESS variety of colors and patterns, and are easily stored, so you can make large batches without requiring large storage options. They are pretty sturdy, and can be washed in your washing machine easily when soiled. Many hedgehogs LOVE these, and snuggle happily in or under them.

    Pigloo- These are a manufactured plastic igloo shaped house made usually by Superpet company. They come in a variety of sizes, but the guinea pig/ferret size is definately preferable. These work well for more than one hedgehog, though are also good for a single hedgehog. They are made of pretty sturdy plastic, I have only had one break on me in my experience of using them, and it definitely took a LOT of abuse before getting to that point. Many hedgehogs really enjoy a hedgebag or small blanket to help line the inside of the pigloo. HINT- I have washed my pigloos MANY times, by placing them on the top shelf of my dishwasher. Never seen any sign of damage yet.
    Half-Logs- These are available in many pet stores as reptile or small mammal hides. They are usually about 8 inches long, and made of a hollowed tree branch cut in half. They do have some downsides. I have seen several hedgehogs with broken quills caused by rubbing on the wood while crawling in and out of the hide. Also, if you EVER have a case of mites, or otherwise need to clean a soiled half-log, you are virtually out of luck because the natural wood surface doesn't wash well, and is very difficult to sanitize without oven baking, and then they can catch on fire or become brittle. As well, they are not THAT secure for the hedgehog because they are open on both ends, ruining the security factor.

    Ice Cream Buckets (1 gal)- These can be converted into a good hedgehog house after being emptied. Cut a door into the side of the bucket with a sharp knife, large enough for your hedgehog to easily go in and out of. This helps with the desire to recycle plastic, and creates a cheap disposable house that can be easily disposed of. These are something to consider if you have a hedgehog with mites or some other communicable disease that is being quarantined, because it can be thrown out after the illness is gone.

    Storage Containers- The shoe box sized storage containers work nicely as hiding spots. Either clear or solid colored are available, and can be easily converted by cutting a doorway with a knife. The removable lid makes it easy to get a hedgehog out even if they don't really WANT to come out, and lid and box are usually dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, though I haven't tried them anywhere except on the top shelf.

    Small Coolers- Lunch box sized coolers can be turned into hiding spots for either inside or outside of the cage, cut a hole in the side with a large hole saw. If you want to create an out of cage nest box, cut a matching hole in the side of the cage. A piece of PVC pipe just long enough to go through the cooler wall, and into the cage wall works well for a hallway, a 4 in. or 6 in. hole is preferable. The external box is nice for constant cage re-arrangers, as it makes it impossible for them to shove around.

    Photos courtesy of terrapinhedgehogs.com and Becca Loane