The active nature of hedgehogs always increases the demand for playing items. In the wild, hedgehogs can travel up to 3 miles in search of food which means that keeping them in a cage requires you to provide a space with easy mobility. However, when the food and water are always available, hedgehogs tend to involve themselves in various games that keep them physically and emotionally fit. Thus it is necessary to look for hedgehog toy that can keep the animal busy and comfortable. This article will provide all the necessary info about hedgehog toys.

It has been discovered that the best sites for the hedgehogs to sleep and hide in the wild are the dark places or burrows. When you have a hedgehog as a pet, you must ensure that you provide such places in the cage to make your pet feel secure and comfortable. If this is impossible, you should make sure that your pet has access to comfortable and warm places that make it feel free and secure when sleeping. When creating such a hideout, it would be necessary to consider building an entrance and exit tunnel that allows free entrance and exit of the animal. Moreover, space should allow your animal to easily turn around because this is a very usual activity for these animals especially when the spot they are in feels tight and uncomfortable.


Moe comfort can be derived from the existence of comfy sleeping bags. Providing multiple bags keeps the animals tidy and healthy since more often than not, these animals tend to make themselves dirty hence creating the need for more than one sleeping options. Another essence of multiple sleeping bags is that if you keep the animal dirty, it may create a breeding ground for bacteria.

Environmental exploration is one of the key characteristics of a hedgehog. These animals love to walk around as they look for habitable environments with sufficient food and enough security for their survival. Unfortunately, when you have a hedgehog for a pet, you will always realize that they keep on visiting places where they are not supposed to go. They love it when under appliances or furniture. To avoid this, you can acquire a toy for the hedgehog. Finding a toy like a critter exercise ball would be very necessary since this keeps them in control and confines them to the places they are supposed to be in all the time. Introducing an exercise ball to the hedgehog is not easy but propping it into the cage is the initial step to get the pet to be used to the ball. Once it gets too used to a more stationary ball, introducing a rolling one would not be a problem.

Hedgehogs have a great resemblance with small children where they tend to makes use of various household items as toys. Therefore, it is very necessary to thoroughly inspect the items that the hedgehog is playing with in order to locate those with sharp edges as well as the ones with detachable edges that may harm your pet. Bright colours seem to attract hedgehogs by a large extent just like kids. However, some of the hedgehogs may not be attracted to colours whatsoever.

There are other popular hedgehog toys which may include toilet paper tubes, minute plastic balls, stuffed animals, cars and trucks and leather and rawhide. Unlike most of the other items, toilet paper tubes are easy to find. Some of the hedgehogs may find fun in sticking their head down the tubes. If you are using the tubes as toys, make sure that you cut them short to allow easy removal. Moreover, these animals are very attracted when playing with tiny plastic balls especially when they have bells on the inside. Ensure that the balls cannot be easily chewed and that they are not sturdy. At times, pet hedgehogs may be attracted to stuffed animals like dogs and cats while at times they may not. Ensure that the stuffed animal is clean and that it is of the same size as the pet. If it enjoys pushing around toy cars, makes sure that the car has no sharp or detachable edges. Old shoes are attractive sites for hedgehogs. Ensure that the shoes left behind cannot be chewed by the animal.

Just like children, hedgehogs have a taste for toys. Providing these toy is one of the best things that you can do to keep them comfortable and healthy. However, you should ensure that the toys that the animal plays with are not susceptible to bacterial growth, have no detachable or sharp edges and that they cannot easily be chewed in order to keep the animal secure.

Rutland Blooms brightens city gateway

RUTLAND, Vt. – An army of volunteers and dozens of flowering crabapples gave a city gateway a flowering makeover Wednesday.

Rutland Blooms volunteers from Berkshire Bank, City of Rutland, Green Mountain Power, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Stafford Technical Center, The Vermont Country Store, Vermont Council of Urban and Community Forestry and Wilk Paving planted 76 flowering crabapple trees along West Street, with support from Village Snack Bar.

“Rutland Blooms and these volunteers have made an enormous contribution to the beauty of this gateway to the city,” Mayor Chris Louras said.  “Projects like this have a tremendous impact on the look and feel of the city.  Like all the improvements downtown, this project adds to Rutland’s quality of life and the growing sense of optimism.”

“Projects like this, working in partnership with the community, signify our collective commitment to Rutland’s future,” GMP President and CEO Mary Powell said.

The trees, purchased by Rutland Blooms with donations from Casella’s, GMP, The Vermont Country Store and Rutland Regional Medical Center, replaced scrub brush and nuisance trees along roughly 1,700 feet of the south side of the street.  The site borders a rail siding, the city’s winter snow dump and a recycling facility.

GMP Vice President Steve Costello said the project required collaboration by dozens of people, businesses and organizations.  “From the first discussion of the project, every business and organization we reached out to for help embraced it,” Costello said.  “Everyone we talked to said ‘What can I do to help?’ We had donors willing to pay for the trees within a couple of days.  We had dozens of volunteers within a week.”

Casella’s, GMP, Rutland Regional Medical Center and The Vermont Country Store donated $2,500 each to pay for the trees and associated materials. Wilk Paving dug the holes for the trees, which the volunteers planted under supervision from city forester Dave Schneider.

“This project will have an impact on this street for decades,” said Eliot Orton, proprietor of The Vermont Country Store.  “Each spring, the colorful blossoms will be a welcome sign to folks coming into Rutland from Rutland Town.”

Rutland Regional President Tom Heubner said he embraced Rutland Blooms for its visual and emotional impact.  “Rutland is a great little city with a bright future, and these trees and this project symbolize our commitment to the city and belief in that future,” Huebner said.

“This project will have a huge impact on the streetscape,” John Casella said.  “It’s already a major improvement, but as the trees grow wider and fill in, they will have a dramatic aesthetic effect.”

Rutland Blooms is a grassroots beautification project started by GMP in 2013, part of GMP’s ongoing effort to support the revitalization of Rutland.  Other Rutland Blooms projects – funded by donations from local businesses and individuals – are being planned through the fall.  The Vermont Teddy Bear Company will give a bear dressed as a gardener to the first 10 people to donate at least $250 to Rutland Blooms.  Donations will be used to pay for plants, seeds, bulbs and planting materials for use in public community spaces.

Donations may be sent to United Way of Rutland County-Rutland Blooms, 6 Church St., Rutland, VT 05701.

Rutland Blooms Spring 2015 Planting


Rutland Blooms Spring planting will take place May 27th and May 28th.  We will be planting 150 trees at three different locations over the course of those two days.  Our days will begin at 8:30 and end at 4:30 (or sooner if we finish)!  If you’re interested in helping, please contact Bonnie O’Rourke.

Rutland Blooms Partners with Project Vision

Rutland Blooms is proud to be partnering with Project Vision to help Northwest residents plant flowers throughout the neighborhood on June 1. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon and serve to not only help residents, but also to focus on selected unoccupied properties.

If you would like more information about the event, or would like to volunteer time, equipment, or services, please call the office of Mayor Chris Louras.



Peoples United Bank to Give Out Thousands of Seed Packets

When we at People’s United Bank first heard of the Rutland Blooms project, our immediate thought was, how can we get involved? After thinking about it briefly, we came up with an idea.

At People’s United Bank, community is an important part of who we are. In every community we serve, we strive to be a meaningful part of the community and to serve the community as well as we can. Being an active business leader is part of that mission.

With Rutland Blooms, we wanted to do something that would both beautify the greater Rutland community and demonstrate our commitment to our customers and the city. With that in mind, we have purchased thousands of packets of flower seeds, which are available free to any customer or local resident who stops by our local offices.

Rutland is on an upswing, and we want to be a part of making this great city even better. We encourage anyone interested in helping to stop by, pick up some seeds and plant them today. Together we really can help Rutland Bloom.