Furnishing and accessorizing your pet’s cage with items made of fabric can be fun. The fabric or cloth that is used must be safe. Some cloth items certainly add a ‘human feel’ to the overall look of the cage. Many Hedgehogs easily adjust to fabric liners and will use snuggle sacks and other cloth items.
Fabric liners are not dusty and because they need to be changed daily, perhaps for a few of many pet owners, who suffer from allergies, products made of cloth may be a bit more allergy friendly.
If you are set on using any cloth products be sure to use those that are safe and that don’t shed threads. Loose threads that can get ingested by your pet or become entangled in your pets’ feet, quills, or mouth.
Cloth snuggle sacks are appealing to a lot of pet owners and they are often promoted by a lot of breeders who sometimes attempt to humanize all of their pets and they are also available at pet store who are trying to make a little add-on sale. It is important to note that cloth gets dirty quickly. It absorbs urine, feces and saliva which if it is left unchecked, provides a perfect dark, warm, humid environment, which can accelerate the growth of molds, fungus and bacteria. All cloth items need to be changed and washed/disinfected daily, so be prepared to do a lot of laundry.
I can not stress the importance of practicing good hygiene. It is especially important to educate our children regarding proper hygiene because they often don’t realize the importance of washing their hands, after playing with a pet.
Fabric cage liners and other items, when used properly can be a nice finishing touch to a Hedgehog’s habitat, but for us considering that we have numerous pets, the time needed to maintain each cage everyday with fabric products, it is not practical. Being that baby animals poop a lot and to reduce some of the health risks that could result from poor sanitation, we prefer to use recycled paper or natural wood and biodegradable grass products that we scoop and completely change often. We find natural bedding products very easy to scoop and less expensive to use. The bonus to us is that when they need to be replaced these products can be disposed of by putting into our gardens or compost bins.
If you are dead set on using fabric in your pet’s cage there are some fun, safe products that are made of good quality fleeces, that don’t shred. Buy many and change them often!