There are lots of ideas of different cages that are suitable. Main attributes:
- 6 square feet of space (most animals with more space live longer, hedgies are no exception, besides the wheel alone takes up a lot of real estate)
- Solid floor, lined with either kiln dried aspen shavings or a corduroy or flannel liner (my preferred choice as it is environmentally friendly, cheap and limits the mess). Absolutely NO cedar or cob bedding.
- Escape proof (lid, bars that aren't too far apart, etc). These little guys are expert escape artists and have been known to climb on occasion!
- Somewhere safe and warm to hide - igloo, hut, hedgie sleeping bag (smal bag made out of flannel or corduroy with no exposed threads, these guys love to dig), shoe box
Heat and Lighting Requirements
Buy a small scale (for measuring grams such as those used in a kitchen to weigh food portions) from any department store. Keep track of your hedgie's weight, a significant change can be a good indicator of illness.
Regular nail trims and the occasional bath (wading depth to clean feet) are likely also required.
Find an exotic vet and keep their information, hours of operation etc. handy. A wellness check is a good start and helps your vet become familiar with your hedgehog before illness strikes.