Best African Pygmy Hedgehog Accessories: Our top picks for 2020

We bought a number of sleeping bags and pouches for our pygmy hedgehog Hynee and these sleeping pouches are essential for him to hide and sleep in.

We also have tunnels, one made of plastic and the other made of fabric. Our pygmy hedgehog loves to crawl through these tunnels.

When we transport Hynee we use a special box with a few items to make sure he can be moved around safely and securely.

These are the Top 3 Sleeping Bags & Pouches for 2020:

Why I picked the Dochi Pet Snuggle Pouch?

When I sat down and compared the different pouches, I found the Dochi Pet Snuggle Pouch ticked a lot of the boxes, as it:

  • is great value for money, compared to the other options which I found very expensive;
  • is big enough to get into, shutting out all the light;
  • provides enough space to turn around in;
  • is lined with fleece so it’s warm as well as being snug;
  • easily becomes a carry case, allowing us to pick up the pouch with the pygmy hedgehog in, to carry safely.

Features to look at in a quality pouch

These are the features to look at in a quality pouch:

  • doesn’t contain any loose or frayed threads as these can get tied around hedgehog limbs causing blood flow restrictions, leading to limb loss through amputation;
  • provides enough space for comfort including keeping the light out, should the hedgehog want some privacy;
  • is warm enough to provide a snug environment, generally, fleece lining provides excellent warmth;
  • is absorbent, as hedgehogs can urinate inside their pouches.

These are the Top 3 fabric tunnels for 2020:

Why I picked the Living World Hagen Pet Tunnel?

When I sat down and compared the different pouches, I found the Living World Hagen Pet Tunnel ticked a lot of the boxes, as it:

  • is great value for money, compared to the other options which I found very expensive;
  • is big enough to get into, shutting out all the light;
  • provides enough space to turn around in;
  • is lined with fleece so it’s warm as well as being snug;
  • easily becomes a carry case, allowing us to pick up the pouch with the pygmy hedgehog in, to carry safely.

Features to look at in a quality fabric tunnel

These are the features to look at in a quality fabric tunnel:

  • doesn’t contain any loose or frayed threads as these can get tied around hedgehog limbs causing blood flow restrictions, leading to limb loss through amputation;
  • provides enough space for comfort including keeping the light out, should the hedgehog want some privacy;
  • is warm enough to provide a snug environment, generally, fleece lining provides excellent warmth;
  • is absorbent, as hedgehogs can urinate inside their pouches.

These are the Top 3 plastic Tunnels for 2020:

Why I picked the Niteangel Small Pet Fun Tunnel?

When I sat down and compared the different Tunnels, I found the Niteangel Small Pet Fun Tunnel ticked a lot of the boxes, as it:

  • is great value for money, compared to the other options which I found very expensive;
  • provide enough width for our pygmy hedgehog to easily crawl;
  • is long enough for our pygmy hedgehog to crawl into;
  • is durable, made from a strong plastic material;
  • is easy to clean, with poop as well as urine easily removed.

Features to look at in a quality plastic tunnel

These are the features to look at in a quality plastic tunnel:

  • isn’t made from any toxic materials;
  • provides ease of cleaning, fixed ridge ones are difficult to clean as the poop dries up in between the ridges; and
  • flexible ridged plastic tunnels can be stretched to make them easier to clean.

These are the Top 3 Transport boxes for 2020:

Why I picked the Kameiou Portable Small Animal Carrier Bag Box?

Going on holiday means we need to move our pygmy hedgehog to friends houses, so I compared the different Transport boxes and found the Kameiou Portable Small Animal Carrier Bag Box was an excellent choice, as it:

  • is great value for money, compared to the other options which I found very expensive;
  • is easy to carry with a handle on the top;
  • keeps the light out, allowing us to move our pygmy hedgehog during the day;
  • provides enough space for a pygmy hedgehog;
  • is well made, providing excellent durability;
  • is well ventilated, allowing Hynee to breathe;
  • is easy to put on your laps during transports.

Features to look at in a quality Transport box

These are the features to look at in a quality Transport box:

  • it’s not made of any toxic substances (cedarwood) or contains any toxic substances (like poorly sealed oils);
  • it keeps the light out, so not to spook the pygmy hedgehog too much during daytime transporting;
  • is big enough to take bedding including microwaveable heat pads (be careful using these) and additional fleece layers;
  • has good ventilation, so the hedgehog can breathe easily;
  • doesn’t get damaged or stained by any urine or poop, plastic Transport boxes are best at keeping stains out.

These are the Top 3 Litter Trays for 2020:

Why I picked the Kaytee Hi-Corner Litter Pan?

The Kaytee Hi-Corner Litter Pan is of sturdy manufacture and fits nicely into the corner of the cage. I found the Kaytee Hi-Corner Litter Pan ticked a lot of the boxes, as it:

  • is great value for money, compared to the other options which I found very expensive;
  • is made to a quality standard, the European CE standard;
  • fits snuggly into the corner of the cage; and
  • is easy to clean.

Features to look at in a quality Litter Tray

These are the features to look at in a quality Litter Tray:

  • is made from strong and sturdy materials;
  • is made to a quality standard like the European CE standard;
  • doesn’t have an overbearing smell of plastic; and
  • is easy to clean.

These are the Top 3 Moisturizing Washes for 2020:

Why I picked the Bulk Non-GMO Quick Oats?

The Bulk Non-GMO Quick Oats offers excellent value for money. I found the Bulk Non-GMO Quick Oats ticked a lot of the boxes, as it:

  • is great value for money, compared to the other options which I found very expensive;
  • is Non-GMO;
  • comes in large enough supply; and
  • soaks well, producing plenty of moisturizing.

Features to look at in quality Oatmeal?

These are the features to look at in quality Oatmeal:

  • is not contaminated with other products that could be detrimental to a pygmy hedgehog’s health;
  • soaks well, providing plenty of moisturizing;
  • doesn’t have an overbearing smell; and
  • is Non-GMO.

These are the Top 3 Portable Vacuum Cleaners for 2020:

Why I picked the Black & Decker Cordless Dustbuster Hand Vacuum?

The Black & Decker Cordless Dustbuster Hand Vacuum offers excellent value for money. I found the Black & Decker Cordless Dustbuster Hand Vacuum ticked a lot of the boxes, as it:

  • is great value for money, compared to the other options which I found very expensive;
  • is cordless, with excellent battery life;
  • has a good filter to remove a lot more dust; and
  • is very powerful at sucking up broken bits of food, dried up poop.

Features to look at in a quality portable vacuum cleaner?

These are the features to look at in a quality portable vacuum cleaner:

  • has a good filter (HEPA filters are an excellent choice), so more dust is removed;
  • is cordless;
  • has a decent battery life;
  • has powerful enough suction to pick up a pygmy hedgehog’s poop; and
  • is bagless, so doesn’t need costly replacement bags.

These are the Top 3 Night Vision Cameras for 2020:

Why I picked the Campark T70 No Glow Night Vision Camera?

The Campark T70 No Glow Night Vision Camera offers excellent value for money. I found the Campark T70 No Glow Night Vision Camera ticked a lot of the boxes, as it:

  • is great value for money, compared to the other options which I found very expensive;
  • takes high quality 14 MegaPixel (MP) pictures;
  • shoots 1080P High Definition (HD) video;
  • is robust, made from sturdy plastics; and
  • is waterproof, so able to withstand water or urine damage.

Features to look at in a quality portable Night Vision cameras?

These are the features to look at in a quality Night Vision camera:

  • has a 14 MegaPixel (MP) camera lens for high-quality photos;
  • has a 1080P video recording capability, producing high definition (HD) videos;
  • has a decent battery life;
  • is robust enough to withstand damage; and
  • is waterproof, so doesn’t get damaged from water or urine.

These are the Top 3 Nail Clippers for 2020:

Why I would pick the Shiny Pet Nail Clippers?

The Shiny Pet Nail Clippers offers excellent value for money. I found the Shiny Pet Nail Clippers ticked a lot of the boxes, as:

  • they are great value for money, compared to the other options which I found very expensive;
  • they are designed to be used on small pets, as other nail clippers can be too cumbersome to use;
  • they have a semi-circular edge of the steel blade ensures a clean, precise cut;
  • they are robust, made from steel;
  • they have a super grip handle, preventing slipping or sliding; and
  • they are waterproof, so able to withstand water or urine damage.

Features to look at in a quality portable Nail Clipper?

These are the features to look at in a quality Nail Clipper:

  • they are suitable for pygmy hedgehogs as some clippers can be too large;
  • they have a non-slip handle, preventing any sliding;
  • they have a blade that can easily cut the nails;
  • they are robust enough to withstand damage; and
  • they are made from quality materials.

These are the Top 3 Storage Bins bathing for 2020:

Why I would pick the Rubbermaid Commercial Products Food Storage Bin?

The Rubbermaid Commercial Products Food Storage Bin offers excellent value for money. I found the Rubbermaid Commercial Products Food Storage Bin ticked a lot of the boxes, as:

  • they are designed to store food, so are safe for pygmy hedgehogs;
  • they are great value for money, compared to the other options which I found very expensive;
  • they are deep enough at 12 inches to stop the pygmy hedgehog from climbing out;
  • they are big enough at 18 inches by 16 inches for the hedgehog to move around;
  • they are robust, made from BPA-free polycarbonate plastic;
  • they have rounded corners for easy manoeuvrability; and
  • they are tough enough to withstand urine as well as poop damage.

WARNING: The lids should never be placed on the storage bins when they are being used for bathing the hedgehog, as the hedgehog could suffocate.

Features to look at in a quality Storage bin?

These are the features to look at in a quality Storage bin:

  • they are made from BPA free plastics;
  • they are easy to manoeuvre;
  • they are deep enough to stop the pygmy hedgehog from crawling out;
  • they have enough room inside for the pygmy hedgehog to move around; and
  • they are made from quality materials.

These are the Top 3 Hand Sanitisers for 2020:

Why I would pick the Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer, Fragrance-Free?

The Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer, Fragrance-Free offers excellent value for money. I found the Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer, Fragrance-Free ticked a lot of the boxes, as:

  • it’s alcohol-free, so doesn’t dry out your skin;
  • it’s fragrance-free, so doesn’t upset your hedgehog if you decide to handle them later;
  • it’s made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial fragrances or dyes;
  • it uses plant-derived ingredients;
  • it’s been dermatologically tested for allergens; and
  • it’s effective at killing 99.9% of germs.

Features to look at in a quality Hand Sanitiser?

These are the features to look at in a quality Storage bin:

  • they are alcohol-free to protect your skin;
  • they are free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial fragrances or dyes;
  • they are effective at killing 99.9% of germs;
  • they have been dermatologically tested for allergic reactions; and
  • they are made from plant-based ingredients.