**********HEDGEHOGS MUST BE KEPT ABOVE 70 DEGREES************
If hedgehogs get cold, they will attempt hibernation and it can be fatal for them. There are several heating options: ceramic heat emitter (sold here), space heater, reptile heating pad, and SnuggleSafe heating discs. We prefer ceramic heat emitters and space heaters since they can heat the entire area of the cage. Heating pads and disks will only heat up a small space in the cage and not all hedgehogs will know to go on them if they feel cold. Place a digital thermometer on the side of your hedgehogs cage (around his/her height) to monitor the temperature of the cage.
Please keep in mind that although your thermostat in your home may read above 70 degrees, this does not necessarily mean that your hedgehog's cage is also at the same temperature. For instance, a hedgehog housed in a basement may have a temperature 5 degrees cooler than the rest of the house. This is why it is imperative to have a thermometer in the hedgehogs cage so you know the exact temperature where they are housed.
For your hedgehog cage, I personally recommend wire rabbit cages (sold here). Clear plastic totes also work great and are easy to clean. I have also heard of people making cages out of wire storage units or using Rubbermaid storage containers. If you do decide to make your own C&C cage I would strongly recommend putting a 6" tall barrier around the perimeter of the cage (that way they can't climb up or squeeze through the bars)!
Cages with ramps, levels, and ladders are NOT recommended. Hedgehogs have poor depth perception and may not have a problem going up, but it is very likely they could be injured trying to come down. Also, cages made of wood are not recommended because bacteria, urine, and feces can be absorbed into the wood and are very hard to disinfect.
The home you choose for your hedgehog is up to you... just make sure it is safe and easy to clean!