General Requirements

General Requirements

Maintenance Requirements Most hedgehog owners agree that hedgehogs are relatively easy to care for and maintain. Fresh food, water, and regular cage cleaning are it’s basic requirements. One must be careful not to take the hedgehog’s easy care for granted. A... Read More

Hedgehogs & Other Pets

 According to Lianne McLeod, DVM, former About.com Guide, “African pygmy hedgehogs are pretty well-equipped to defend themselves from other pets and seem to tolerate other pets quite well.” A huffing and puffing ball of prickles may intimidate some cats and dogs,... Read More
Ownership Considerations

Ownership Considerations

Introduction The information presented here is based on hedgehogs in general. There are always exceptions to guidelines in the animal world, but we have tried to provide tips and suggestions for a great start with your new pet. Please be advised that many books,... Read More

Pet History

 History in the United States The first recorded hedgehog in the United States was a female European hedgehog displayed at the New York Zoological Society in 1900. In 1946, the New York Zoo imported a long-eared hedgehog from Cyprus. The African species are smaller... Read More
Pets For Youth & Children

Pets For Youth & Children

Hedgehogs can be absolutely wonderful pets for adults, youth, and children alike.  However, hedgehogs can also be one of the worst pets for the wrong person of any age. VIDEO.: Kids & Hedgehogs, are they good pets for children? VIDEO.:  Sedgie the Hedgie and Erica... Read More
Socialization & Pet Potential

Socialization & Pet Potential

Socialization Defined All hedgehog pet owners want a well-socialized hedgehog, but the term “well socialized” can have different meanings and contexts. Most hedgehog enthusiasts consider a socialized hedgehog to be one that uncurls, relaxes its spines, and generally... Read More

The Best Pet Test

This fun test is designed to introduce topics to potential hedgehog owners to ensure a hedgehog is a good choice as a pet. I live where exotic pets are illegal but I doubt I will get caught. exotic pets are illegal but it is unlikely that I am going to have a problem... Read More

The Hedgehog Owner Test

Questions Hedgehogs kept as pets in the United States are the domestic “pygmy” version of the wild European hedgehog. a hybrid of the Algerian and White Bellied African hedgehog. cousins to the American Porcupine. endangered in their native countries and captive bred... Read More
Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonotic Diseases

Illness Potential To Humans Zoonotic diseases are diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Any animal has potential to transmit illness to humans, just like humans can spread contagious diseases to other humans. Bacteria such as Salmonella, E.... Read More
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