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Old 11-11-2011, 07:23 PM
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Hi,
Im really serious about getting a little hog and im just wondering what i need to start up their home with? If someone could do me a checklist so i dont forget anything...

how big a heat mat will i need? Does it just need to cover their sleeping area? Also a thermostat to go with the mat? Do the hogs not want to chew on the wires? lol...I have leos with the probes just laying on the floor where they sleep but wasnt sure how to do it in a hog home..think im going to buy one of those zoozone cages!

And anything else i need to know?? Please feel free to write it!...i want to know everything before i purchase one and i get all mixed up reading loads of care sheets.. lol...Thanks peeps.
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:21 PM
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First thing to do is join a hog forum or the rescue forum you will find some fab advice and pretty much everything you need to know on there, plus there will more than likely always be at least one "hoggie" person around to help you out should you need.

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Anyway, here what is can think of i.e. checklist

Main Enclosure i.e. Zoozone 2 Large, Vivarium (must be at least 3ft x 2ft)

Substrates i.e. dust free woodchippings, carefresh, megazorb, fleece liners

House/Bed i.e. Igloos, wooden huts, nest boxes

Food & Water bowls

Wheel - Should be no smaller than 12inches - the size you need for rats/chinchillas, they do loads of running each night. They should not get this until they are at least 12 weeks of age though

Toys i.e. tunnels, jingly balls, treat balls, mini kongs, playpen etc

Heatmat - should be big enough to place House on, the petnap flexiguard 33' is a good size plus it has metal casing protecting the wiring, although hogs don't generally chew you cant guarantee that they wont

Thermostat - if using a heatmat you will need one of these to regulate temperature and prevent the mat overheating

Food - Dry cat biccies (Not kitten, and not fish flavoured), Insects i.e. mealies either dry or live

Thats all i can think of for now but hope it has helped anyway
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First thing to do is join a hog forum or the rescue forum you will find some fab advice and pretty much everything you need to know on there, plus there will more than likely always be at least one "hoggie" person around to help you out should you need.

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Anyway, here what is can think of i.e. checklist

Main Enclosure i.e. Zoozone 2 Large, Vivarium (must be at least 3ft x 2ft)

Substrates i.e. dust free woodchippings, carefresh, megazorb, fleece liners

House/Bed i.e. Igloos, wooden huts, nest boxes

Food & Water bowls

Wheel - Should be no smaller than 12inches - the size you need for rats/chinchillas, they do loads of running each night. They should not get this until they are at least 12 weeks of age though

Toys i.e. tunnels, jingly balls, treat balls, mini kongs, playpen etc

Heatmat - should be big enough to place House on, the petnap flexiguard 33' is a good size plus it has metal casing protecting the wiring, although hogs don't generally chew you cant guarantee that they wont

Thermostat - if using a heatmat you will need one of these to regulate temperature and prevent the mat overheating

Food - Dry cat biccies (Not kitten, and not fish flavoured), Insects i.e. mealies either dry or live

Thats all i can think of for now but hope it has helped anyway

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Old 12-11-2011, 12:13 AM
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First thing to do is join a hog forum or the rescue forum you will find some fab advice and pretty much everything you need to know on there, plus there will more than likely always be at least one "hoggie" person around to help you out should you need.

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Anyway, here what is can think of i.e. checklist

Main Enclosure i.e. Zoozone 2 Large, Vivarium (must be at least 3ft x 2ft)

Substrates i.e. dust free woodchippings, carefresh, megazorb, fleece liners

House/Bed i.e. Igloos, wooden huts, nest boxes

Food & Water bowls

Wheel - Should be no smaller than 12inches - the size you need for rats/chinchillas, they do loads of running each night. They should not get this until they are at least 12 weeks of age though

Toys i.e. tunnels, jingly balls, treat balls, mini kongs, playpen etc

Heatmat - should be big enough to place House on, the petnap flexiguard 33' is a good size plus it has metal casing protecting the wiring, although hogs don't generally chew you cant guarantee that they wont

Thermostat - if using a heatmat you will need one of these to regulate temperature and prevent the mat overheating

Food - Dry cat biccies (Not kitten, and not fish flavoured), Insects i.e. mealies either dry or live

Thats all i can think of for now but hope it has helped anyway
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Thankyou so much for the reply...was extremely helpful....
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This is brilliant thank you for that, I have also been looking into getting a little hoggy and this checklist is perfect!

I was just wondering what the size of the heatmat needed to be? Just big enough to cover the house or half of the viv?

Thanks for all your help

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Found this really helpful...Thanks...

Where would you safely put thermostat probe?
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hi,
Ive never used a heat mat with my hoggie... she is in two level enclosed cage that my dad built.
I have never had any issues thus far- odd times I have been worried about the cold but these were just me being over cautious- she has always been warm, content and is now three years old..
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I would never risk not having heating on for my hog n I have back up none electric means of keeping my hog warm just incase. Just because nothing has happened to yours does not mean it's ok in someone's else's house with a different hog!
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I would never risk not having heating on for my hog n I have back up none electric means of keeping my hog warm just incase. Just because nothing has happened to yours does not mean it's ok in someone's else's house with a different hog!
I don't think that heating is always necessary. Mine doesn't have any additional heat and he is fine.
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