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Old 01-30-2009, 12:21 PM
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I've noticed that in both of your cages, you guys are using a fabric as the bedding. I was wondering if there was a reason that you use fabric over other bedding and how your hedgies like it. Thanks!
I have serious dust allergies and the fleece liners are so much better for me. It takes no time at all to clean the cage. I don't have to buy shavings, just litter for the litter box. It doesn't stink. It's warmer and cooler all at the same time. And plus all the health benefits to hedgies. I could go on and on.
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:44 PM United States
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I posted this on Hedgehog Central and will post it here. My comparison is to wood chips, but many of the points apply to any substrate.

Here is why I use liners:

1. We had a mite outbreak. We found mites in the aspen bedding. There have been other reports of mites coming in from wood bedding.

2. Wood chips and splinters can get stuck in sensitive areas, including eyes, mouths, and genitalia.

3. Some wood chips can be dusty and cause respritory problems.

4. Cage liners are washable and resuable. No need to run out the the store or have to throw away dirty bedding.

5. No wood chips on the floor!

6. A light colored cage liner is going to allow for faster detection of health issues. It is far easier to find a small blood spot in feces or urine on a light colored liner than it will be to find in wood chips.
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:05 PM
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Where did you purchase or did you make your fabric liners? And if you made them, what is the best type of fabric to use for them. Thanks guys for the help!
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:37 PM
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Where did you purchase or did you make your fabric liners? And if you made them, what is the best type of fabric to use for them. Thanks guys for the help!
I got mine here: http://www.freewebs.com/thehedgieden/

And fabric choice is up to you really. I like fleece to keep my hedgie warm. And if yours is a digger, go with either denim or cordoroy.
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:37 PM Canada
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The new Ferret Nation setup. First, an overall view:


Ronnie's half (on top). Since this pic was taken, I've moved her kleenex box over to the other side so she can have easier access to her litter box. Her food and water are against the door close to her kleenex box. Also, their temps are kept at 78F, not 74F as you see on the thermometer. The CHE was still warming up.


And here's a video of Ronnie's first moments in her new home:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yuGfA6qzco

Phoebe's half (on bottom). She moved her food dish to the opposite side of the cage every night for a week, so I gave in and now it's on the opposite side from where you see it in the picture.


And a video of Phoebe's first moments in her new home.... not quite as brave as Ronnie!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8Mn8b1uXJk
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:52 PM Canada
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I'm making this a sticky and deleting all the comments so it is an informational thread.
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:32 AM
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My set up:

Bins connected with 4 inch PVC piping and ventilation holes drilled around the lower half.
Homemade bucket wheels with paper towels tucked under the stand.
Single layer fleece liners.
Medium pigloos stuffed with fleece strips and blankies
Heavy ceramic crock bowls for water and low sided kidney shaped ceramic food dishes.
The toys change once in awhile but mostly go ignored







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Old 02-02-2009, 02:33 AM
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A couple of the inhabitants, to help give some perspective on the size
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:49 AM
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Old set up: (Demons 2 story bin cage)

Bins with ventilation holes drilled around lower half.
Upper bin rests on legs made out of cloroplast and sits snugly in lower bin.
Bins connected with vinyl dryer duct tube
Modified silent spinner ( all slits were closed with aquarium silicone )
Hole was drilled in side of bin to allow wheel to be attached to the side. The stand was also always used and helped to anchor down paper towels
Single layer fleece liners.
Small pigloo with fleece cover
Heavy ceramic crock bowls for water and low sided kidney shaped ceramic food dishes.











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Old 02-12-2009, 03:26 PM
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I'm visiting from the Chins side of the forums, but had to write. Your hedgies and hedgie homes are ADORABLE! I loved the creativity and resourcefulness.
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