Bedding for pet hedgehogs is one of the first things you need to consider before bringing home your new friend. We all want something soft and comfortable to sleep on, don’t we? Well, your hedgehog is no different. Get the best bedding, and your spikey companion will happy one!
When you are choosing bedding for pet hedgehogs, keep these important things in mind:
Not every hedgehog is the same, and bedding that one hedgehog loves might not please another. It’s kind of like how you may prefer a really soft pillow, while your best friend likes a pillow with more firmness to it. You may have to experiment with a few different types of bedding if your pet doesn’t seem to like the first thing you try.
That said, most hedgehog owners find that corncob bedding is the best for their pets, for a number of reasons.
First of all, cedar and pine shavings can start to take on a bad odor after only a few days in the cage. This type of bedding also holds moisture and get get moldy pretty easily. It’s also a bit scratchy, so most hedgehogs find it difficult to sleep on (there are exceptions, though, and you just might have the rare hedgehog who loves this type of bedding).
Newspaper shavings are also scratchy and uncomfortable, and provide no cushioning for your pet.
Corncob bedding is the bedding of choice for the majority of discerning hedgehogs for several reasons:
1. Your hedgehog can easily move corncob bedding around, which makes them happy, since they enjoy burrowing.
2. It conforms to their body shape, kind of like a beanbag chair.
3. It absorbs odors really well.
4. It’s absorbent and mold-resistant.
5. It is organic and safe to use, even if it happens to get into their food or water.
6. It’s non-toxic, so it won’t hurt your pet if it gets into his food or water dish.
You can also add a little bit of betonite clay cat litter to the bedding for extra odor absorption, if your pet’s cage gets particularly smelly. Make sure it’s real betonite clay, and not a synthetic substance, because anything else could be toxic to your hedgehog.
As mentioned below in the comments, fragments of corn cob have been known to get trapped in the sheaths of young male hedgehogs. This can cause infection and if untreated even death. It is something you will have to keep an eye on.
When you’ve got the right bedding for pet hedgehogs, you’ll have a well-cared for pet who’s healthy and happy. He’ll enjoy spending time in his cage more, and get more rest. As a result, he’ll be more energetic and playful when he comes out to spend time with you!