Hedgehogs On The Road

Jun 17, 2013 by

Some of our customers choose to meet us when we are on the road as a matter of convenience. We have attended the Midwest Reptile Show in Indianapolis, Indiana, since July 1998 and we do our best to continue to attend that show. Check our Upcoming Events link to be sure we will be at the upcoming show. You can check out our Available Animals page to see a preview will be available for pre-purchase or at the show. We do our best to give you the time and attention you deserve when you come to pick up your hedgehog. However, the very nature of the show does prevent us from giving you the same handling and buying experience you would receive at our farm. For best hedgehog availability come at the beginning of the show. Also, if you wish to purchase a cage package or specific accessories you will want to reserve those items as well. We have limited space available and it is not possible to take our full inventory line to the...

Environmental Stress & Not Eating...

May 24, 2013 by

New Environment It is very common for hedgehogs to eat or drink very little the first day or two in its new home. Maintaining the same diet your hedgehog was fed at the breeders will certainly help your new pet adjust more quickly. See our article Diet and Transition. Temperature Temperatures that are too hot or too cold are a stress to your hedgehog. While hedgehogs in the wild are used to experiencing temperature fluctuations, pet hedgehogs in captivity do not tolerate temperature changes as well. A hedgehog that is too hot will lay flat on it’s tummy with all four legs stretched out in sort of a “splat” and will probably be taking quick, short breaths. Moving it to a room with recommended temperatures should slowly cool the hedgehog. A hedgehog that is too cold will attempt to go into hibernation, which is not natural to African Pygmy hedgehogs, and it might die if not found in time and warmed up. It will be in a ball and refuse to unroll or if it does unroll it will move slowly and wobble or even fall. When you feel their tummy it will be cold and clammy. A chilled hedgehog should be warmed up slowly and not overheated. It should then be taken to an experienced veterinarian for check up. See our Temperature Requirements article and Keeping Your Hedgehog Warm article for more information...

Travel vs. Pet Sitter

May 21, 2013 by

There are times when we all have to be away from home. Whether on vacation, family get togethers, work travel, etc. you will need to make arrangements for your hedgehog’s care in your absence.  Overnight Trips If you are going to be away for one night, your hedgehog will usually be fine on its own. You will want to make sure you have provided a good amount of food (preferably no moist food) in the bowl as well as a full (and working) water bottle. One of the most dangerous situations for your hedgehogs is extreme heat or extreme cold.  A power outage could be deadly for your pet. If your overnight absence could turn into two nights or more, it is a good idea to have someone lined up to come and take care of your hedgehog, should the need arise. You can get stickers to put on your windows or doors to alert emergency personnel that you have live animals in the house, specifically hedgehogs, the number of pets, and the location in the house where they are kept. These stickers can be obtained through most emergency agencies, shelters, humane societies, pet stores, online, and mail order catalogs. It is also a good idea to alert a neighbor that you will be out of town. They can keep an eye on your house and be on the lookout for anything suspicious or...