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what to put on floor of enclosure?

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    Hi,

    I have taken in an underweight hedgehog to ‘overwinter’. I’ve had her looked over by our lovely local hedgehog rescue lady and she is happy for us to do this. Just a little question, at the moment she is in an long plastic underbed type of crate and we’ve linked it to second crate with a wide pipe to put some enrichment type of stuff in in the other crate. Both crates have plenty of holes drilled in it etc. At the moment I am putting fresh layers of newspaper on the floor and changing it regularly. This seems to work well, but is this ok? I’d be interested to know what you all find works best for the floors and keeps the hogs happy. Thanks 🙂

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    Nic

    Hi Angelar

    Sorry for the delay in replying. I was hoping someone with more experience of hogs in care would answer. This isn’t really my area of knowledge and it might depend where you are keeping the hog box/es, as well.

    Sounds like you have created a nice place for the hog. Many are pretty much confined to one container, I believe, when being over-wintered. Often probably a space problem with large numbers of hedgehogs needing to be cared for. But a hog shut in is probably not going to be very happy about it even it does have a little bit more space. Newspaper on the floor sounds fine to me. I assume you have an area that the hog can burrow under if it wants to – I think some people use hand towels. Although some will burrow under sheets of newspaper, towels are probably nicer for them.

    Maybe you could consider spending a bit of time volunteering with the person who checked the hog over, then you could see how they manage things.

    You also need to know when you can release the hog. You might find this link useful:

    Guidance on Releasing Rehabilitated Hedgehogs

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