Quills, Spines & Fur

Quills, Spines & Fur

The most unique and obvious physical characteristic of hedgehogs is their quills. The weight of the spines accounts for approximately 35% of the hedgehog’s weight. (Miller) Spines Versus Quills Most breeders and enthusiasts alternate between using “spines” and... Read More
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
Ideal Diet

Ideal Diet

Food Many hedgehogs have developed fatal liver problems due to diet of too much fat. For many years, cat food has been the default food for domestic hedgehogs but many cat foods are too high in fat and low in protein to be healthy food for hedgehogs. Over time,... Read More
Signs Of Good Health

Signs Of Good Health

The following is a list of things to observe both in selecting a hedgehog as a pet and as a way to identify potential problems with your pet. Eyes Check it’s eyes to make sure they are bold, clear, round, and bright. The eyes should be wide open. The eyes should... Read More
Anesthesia

Anesthesia

Anesthesia is an induced state of unconsciousness in animals. Veterinarians may anesthetize your hedgehog to examine it thoroughly or during a procedure that requires the hedgehog to remain still. Anesthesia is also necessary for surgery. Three components are involved... Read More
Cage Location

Cage Location

Noise Level Some hedgehog enthusiasts recommend keeping hedgehog cages in areas that are not high traffic areas, so as not to disturb the sleeping hedgehog. Others recommend that keeping the hedgehog in a busy area of the house allows the hedgehog to become accustomed... Read More