Yes, im in a very small town too and it it hard to find any foods. The only available ones are Pricklypets and Welness so it travel to the next biggest town(about 4 hours) For my 8in1 and other kinds.
Ok, CEDAR is a NO for any animals. Im glad you found that out. Put kiln dried Pine is fine, i use it for my girls's litter boxes. Also Cell-sorb is i think one of the best litters out. You only change it about every 3 weeks, and just spot clean it everyday, and it does odor and wetness well. Many hedgie owers(including me) use Liners. Try http://www.pinsneedles.com/
For some GREAT liners and hedgies bags. I use liner and a liter box, becasue if they are not litter trained then the liners get very dirty.
And for a cage, yes those sterlite containers are good if you drill holes in for ventilation, but hedgies can climb so you will need to use a lid. You may want to try these cages though(or jsut take a look) www.cavycages.com
. I use these cages, along with many other hedgie owners and they work great. I get a box for only 16$ at Costco. The only difference between the ones thown on those pages and the hedgie ones is hedgies are great climber like is ai, and you need tobuild a top(wich is very easy and works well) Using these you can always buy more and expand them. When i first started i had Bridget in a 2x2 cage, then 2x3, now 2x4 and Penny will also be ina 2x4 cage.
Ok, do you have an exotic Vet in your area? Please phone the vets in your area and ask aobuot there expeireince with hedgies. Please dont think taht you will be able to find a vet when the situatuin comes up, you should find a vet BEFORE you get a hedgie, and make sure they are knowlagable enoough to tend to them.
Oh, nd no, rabbit pellets are not a good choice as they will nibble them.
Please check out these links for some GREAT hedgie info that will help you out alot:
There are a few more but i cant think of them right now.
Can you list the types of Cat food that are availible at your store there?
Also, by crickets i dont mean the wild black ones. PLEASE dont ever feed outdorr wild bugs. They can be very harmful. Even if you dont spray pesticides, your neighbors or their neighbors mgiht and you dont know where those bugs have been. I mean crickets froma petstore. Most have them along with emalworms.
Oh, and how old are the hedgies in the petstore you have been looknig at? Are they all togther(males and females)