Making Your Own Hedgehog Cage is Fun and Can Save You Money
No one wants to spend their life locked up in a tiny cage, and your hedgehog is no different. You should try to provide the biggest cage you can for your hedgehog so he has plenty of room to move around and call his own. The minimum cage size is 4 square feet, but don’t forget the bigger the better.
Store-bought cages tend to look plain and well, pretty much all the same. Even small store-bought cages can cost you $45 on up to over $100. Building your own cage is not only fun, but it can provide you with a bigger cage for less money, and you can build it to look the way you want.
When building your own cage, first decide on which material you want to build it out of. Common base materials are either wood, metal, plastic, or PVC pipe.
The designs here are to serve as inspiration so you can get your creative juices pumping and come up with your own unique design. Some of them were made for other types of pets, but they can all be adapted to serve as a beautiful, comfortable home for your hedgehog.
When making a cage, make sure all openings are small enough that the hedgehog can’t squeeze through, either escaping or getting stuck (or hurt). Also, a flat-bottomed cage is better than a wire-bottomed cage because it’s easier on the feet and provides better comfort. And finally, even though hedgehogs don’t climb, they can climb up on top of things in the cage to get to the top, so if you’re planning on leaving the top open, keep that in mind.
DIY Wood Hedgehog Cage
Wood is easy to work with, and it can be pretty cheap (depending on what kind you purchase). You can often find scrap wood to build with for free, saving you plenty of money. When you build a cage with wood, however, be sure your wood is clean and not treated with chemicals. Also make sure there are no sharp ends anywhere.
Your homemade wood hedgehog cage can be as simple or as fancy as you like. The most basic version involves gathering a saw (circular saw is easier than a hand saw), a screwdriver and some screws, then making a square frame. Then you can fill the sides with wood, wire, Plexiglas, or some other suitable material. If you want to get fancier for some great designs, you might need a finer saw, like a coping saw or a band saw or some kind of saw that can cut curves or thinner strips of wood. I’ve even used a hacksaw to fine-cut wood, even though they’re made for metal.
In addition to building a wood-based cage, you can create one out of old wood furniture. You can re-purpose a cabinet, a drawer, or any old wooden piece of furniture into a new hedgehog cage. A friend of mine cut up an old piano and used the frame to make a cage, although I wouldn’t recommend that because it was rather top-heavy and could easily fall over. She ended up tying hers to the wall to avoid it from falling over. But if you use your imagination, you can create something out of almost anything.
Plastic, C & C, or Cube Hedgehog Cages
Plastic can be an inexpensive choice for a DIY homemade hedgehog cage. A popular choice is to take a plastic storage bin and adapt it into a nice hedgehog cage. It’s important that you get a large bin, however, because your hedgehog needs plenty of space to call his own. Some people connect two or more bins to make a cage that has plenty of roaming space. Also remember that hedgehogs can climb up on top of items that are placed in the cage, letting them reach the top and possibly get out. So monitor the height of the things you put in the cage if you plan to leave it open on the top.
C & C cages are a popular choice for homemade hedgehog cages, well. C & C stands for “Cubes and Coroplast”, referring to the wire cubes and the Brand name plastic panels called Coroplast that can be purchased at places like Home Depot or various online stores. Coroplast is a twin-walled corrugated plastic sheet made by the Coroplast Company.
C & C cages are popular because they’re relatively inexpensive, easy to clean, easy to re-arrange, can come in different colors making them aesthetically pleasing, lightweight, collapsible for easy storage, and adaptable to an certain area’s shape and size.
PVC pipe can be used to construct a sturdy, lightweight, easy-to-clean cage. PVC pipe is pretty inexpensive and comes in various diamter sizes. Most people use 1.5-inch PVC pipe. All you’ll need is some PVC pipe, PVC cleaner and PVC cement, and a way to cut the PVC pipe into sections, like a circular saw or a handsaw. You will also need something for the sides, like wire mesh, plastic mesh, or Plexiglas. You’ll also need a way to connect the sides to the frame, such as zip ties.