I'm assembling a place before a new hedgie will move in and am curious if the "human" source of heat like this will be acceptable and good enough? I thought to make a room where his container is as comfortable as possible to let the buddy walk around comfortably.To akane's list, I'd add a reliable heat source. The specific type will depend on the type of cage you choose.
I’ve been involved with hedgies/hedgie rescue for 24years, have always had them in my living room as it was/is the larger room of any home I’ve had and subjects them to at least moderate socializing daily. I keep the thermostat set on 70. My current apartment in Colorado has a large window that allows passive solar heat. I have a space heater near the entrance set at 69... In colder temps, the space heater will kick in at times I have a lot to carry in or out (like groceries and larger holiday purchases) so the colder air never gets to fully penetrate the living room. It seldom is needed.
Thank you for your answer, Teresa!I’d like to add a bit concerning igloos and/or hiding places: Some of my hedgies never liked those plastic igloos. Most, however, do. I provide at least one fleece blanket approximately 19-20” square inside igloos to burrow into.
Several of my current rescues prefer just a blanket or two, no igloo and at least one is a chronic liner lump, lol.
As for toys, some will play with them, some prefer only their wheel and food bowl. But I offer toys anyway just to keep condos other than boring. Here are some examples:
Small plastic cat balls, with or without bells/rattles.
Colored balls made for ferrets, like ping pong balls only mixers colors!
Assorted soft plush toys. I have some small and some larger that hedgies can tumble and hide under... like a pterodactyl with a wing span of about a foot... My kids like to sleep and hide out under the wings. I can’t stress getting good quality plush that can withstand laundering. Except for a few catnip toys (after a few laundering’s there’s no real catnip smell left and fresh ones have a pleasant minty scent that may lead to anointing!) most of the plush is actually intended for human kids and very durable.
4” PVC pipe, elbows, “Y’s”, straight, can be nice tunnels and hiding spots easy to clean.
Bathroom paper cups can be a safer alternative to popular use toilet paper tubes. Toss in several and watch your hedgie push them around til they’re stacked together!
Teresa and the HedgeHerd