Tips about choosing the ideal textile house bed for your hedgehog
African hedgehogs are really fond of warm and soft beds, especially if they can properly hide in them to have a calm and nice rest. We have to be very careful when choosing the best possible African hedgehog house beds or sleeping sacks. It’s important that the fabric should guarantee the warmth and the ventilation needed. Hedgehogs tend to constantly smoothen the lying surface. Therefore the only type of fabric that should come into question is that which is suitable for the constant scratching and doesn’t get stringy because of this hard work.
Proper sewing method
The loosen strings of the fabric together with the threads used for the sewing process can be very dangerous for the hedgehogs. The most common case is that when the hanging strings or threads enwind the hedgehog’s little legs but I have seen sad examples of other wrapped body parts or mustache. The hedgehog is normally active during the nights when the owner is sleeping. The hedgie doesn’t normally give signals when being in trouble and seeing that these situations can take for hours, the harm can be enormous: cuts and blood-circulation problems that might result in a dead body part or self-mutilitation because of the trapped leg. Keeping some rules in mind and in practice can help to avoid the unnecessary and mindless wounds.
The sleeping sacks and house beds are made of at least two layers of textile. The sewn edges of the inner and outer layers are bended towards each other so neither side has visible stiches or raw edges.
If the item is made with the hidden sewing technique we cannot see the stitches of the inner and outer side of the fabric.
Never use items where the threads and raw edges are visible inside the hedgehog house beds and sleeping sacks.
In case of the raw edges of fleece, the fabric itself will not get stringy, however the thread will be available for the hedgehog to unlink it and the tiny nails can get caught in it.
Decoration of the African Pygmy hedgehog’s house bed
The design is limited only by the imagination so there’s a wide range in terms of form and color. However cute an item is though, we should double check all the material applied for the decoration of house beds
and sleeping sacks. There should by no means be lacy, fringy and stringy parts on it or anything that can lead to the body parts to get caught in. Similarly, the pearls, sequins and tiny gadgets that get loose or nibbled mean danger for the pets. For the safety of the hedgies it’s necessary to avoid the inappropriately decorated items.
After each washing, the appropriately choosen hedgehog house beds or sleeping sacks has to be checked both inside and outside before using it again! If we find hanging threads we should definitely cut them off! We should also check if there is loose threads or stiches anywhere.
Though easy cleanableness is not vital, but can be a very important aspect. If you choose a house bed, where the inner layer is totaly fixed and sewed to the outer one, so the former can not be turned inside out, you will soon experience that fluffs, fur, spikes or bedding pieces piled up mainly on the edges of the inner layer are very difficult to get rid of. It’s even more coplicated in case of machine washing, because these are the exact edges where all the unnecessary bits gather and form a pile. However, if the inner side is reversible then each and every place and corner will be accessible and properly cleanable.
If we keep these rules in mind and in practice then there won’t be any obstacles to our hedgehog’s calm and safe sleeping.