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Hedgehogs are one of the most exotic, yet one of the most popular pets to own. Before you purchase one. Here’s what you need to known.
What you Need to Know about Hedgehogs
Need some quick facts about your new friend. Well, take a look at these for a primer.
Hedgies are smart. They don’t seek out human interaction but thrive on postitive reinforcement. They are quiet and aren’t rodents.
Hedgehogs as Pets
Hedgehogs make great pets. They are low maintenance, they don’t smell and you clean their cages about once a week. Handle them often every day. Also only females love companionship.
What do you they Eat?
Commercial Food is available for them. However there are some people that use cat food. You have to make sure that its nutritionally sound for them to eat before purchasing it for them.
Keep Them Healthy
Most Hedgehogs will need at least one mite treatment during their lifetime. Also, you can’t leave them alone during the weekend. They also don’t need vaccinations like other animals.
A Hedgehog and their Toys
Hedgies love their toys like everyone else. They love their wheels, balls and love to burrow. Since they are curious, pvc pipes and cardboard boxes are excellent for them to hide in.
Home is Where The Heart Is
Hedgies do best in 70-80 F ranges. If your home is cooler in the winter, prepare to provide additional heat sources for them.
They love to look good!
You can dress them up and take them out. They have a really great personality for this. Granted, some hedgie’s are grumpy, but some don’t seem to mind being fashion icons.
Love their baths!
Although they primarily clean themselves, it doesn’t hurt to give them a bath every now and then. Especially if they get feces on their quills or on their face.
Make sure your state allows you to have a hedgie. Some states and cities have strict laws on owning them so make sure you go through your local zoning for info.