Animal Stories - African Pygmy Hedgehog

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   They have such a cute little face and you'll love their darling waddle!
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Rai - 2010-03-09
Just read this and i want to say: DO NOT FEED YOUR HEDGEHOG GRAPES. they are allergic to them. any other site will tell you this. cant believe this one said its okay.. tsk tsk.
also, dont feed them any kind of nuts or sunflower seeds.
carrots and mealworms make for a good treat. if you feed them crickets, you have to take off its legs and can only feed it the main body. if you have any questions, email me at


Atom - 2009-12-07
basmentcatasterfy: I would get a space heater and put it in your basement. That's what I do for my hedgehog Maple. I use one of the heaters that you can set the temperature on so it wont get too hot. I set the temperature to 74 degrees F every night in the winter. I don't use the heater in the summer though, but your basement may still be cold in summer and still need heating.

Hope this helps!


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  • Atom - 2010-04-06
    Oh I forgot to mention, make sure to have a towel or rug under your hedgehogs cage instead of bare floor.
Dee. - 2009-09-24
My sons & I recently found an Albino-African Hedgehog.So Cute he is.
Is a male- My son took him to the vet & the spca.To see what some of the care options are of caring for this cute lil critter.He is defnatly scared. Iam trying to bond with him. What My Question is.WHat type of bedding and all do they Use? Or need.
Any help is greatly appreciated. Ty Dee

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  • Atom - 2010-04-06
    I use fleece. You can use wood shavings but they are not recommended. Hedgehogs like to burrow so you could cut up some fleece and have fleece shavings (however, these are still hard to clean, the easiest way to clean them is to wash them in a mesh bag). I suggest you use a piece of fleece, or any cloth for that matter. For the first week or so, let the hedgehog sleep in one of your shirts so it can become comfortable with your scent. By the way, what are you using for caging?
Frances Price - 2009-08-09
This site's information is excellent. A couple of things: please be careful of commercially packaged foods labeled as specifically for hedgehogs. Some lack the protein these insectivores require to be healthy. A poultry-based, inexpensive grade of catfood (NOT hairball formulas) is just fine. Be careful of gathering bugs from your yard for your pet; some can have parasites, etc. that can harm your sweet hedgie. Store-bought mealworms and crickets (live or freeze-dried) are safe. A bit of well-cooked chicken or turkey will be well-received, also. African hedgehogs are decended from hedgehogs that DO NOT hibernate, so if one of these pets gets so cold it becomes sluggish and tries to hibernate, it can die. So please keep your baby comfortably warm, but not hot. Their nails need trimmed once in a while, so use baby clippers. If your hedgehog tries to ball up, never attempt to force it to open; you can cause serious, perhaps mortal, injury to your pet. As you build trust in your hedgehog, it will usually allow itself to be groomed more readily, which also eases the stress of visits to the vet. Enjoy your hedgie!

Joanne - 2009-05-19
I have 2 hedgehogs, millie and percy, both 7 months old. Just decided to put them in together to see if they produce any babies. The only trouble is since they've been with each other, they keep scratching them selves. Checked for signs of fleas, etc and can't see nothing. Going to bath them 2morrow 2 see if that helps. Best pets ever.

marcos - 2009-05-06
I love your hedgehogs.

Atom - 2009-03-08
I have a hedgehog. Her name is Maple and she is the best pet ever! She will sleep on my lap in her blanket all day since hedgehogs are nocturnal. You wouldn't think a hedgehog would be a very "cuddly" pet but they are(or Maple is anyway). She also won second place in a hedgehog show! The downsides to having a hedgie is having to clean them and their wheel every day. I clean her cage every other day. The wheel also gets squeaky and since hedgehogs are nocturnal they run on their wheel at night. Trust me it is not fun to have a squeaky hedgehog wheel when you're trying to sleep! To fix this all you have to do is oil it with olive oil every night.

And Hedgies cost a lot. I got maple for $150. Their supplies don't cost that much, although we bought more than we needed. The supplies that seem to work for us are: Food dish, water dish(Maple gets most of her water from her bath though. She won't drink from her dish), cat food(we also give her mealworms and corn sometimes), wheel, and litter box (but we found that litter really isn't needed although you still want a litter box to put the wheel in seeing as how they "go to the bathroom" when they are on their wheel). For caging, we use a plastic storage bin(we want to get something that isn't plastic but we haven't got around to it yet). We just use fleece to line the bottom of the bin. She likes to sleep under the fleece so we don't need to buy anything for her to sleep in. It's nice to have some "hedgehog towels" around for drying off after a bath or for handling. You are supposed to have the heat up to around 74 degrees F but we have our heat set to 70 deg F. Our heat also drops to about 63 deg F at night but Maple is fine so that's not a big issue for us.

All in all getting a hedgehog is totally worth it (in my opinion anyway)! And I love having Maple around! For those of you who want a hedgehog and don't know where to find them Google: Hedgehog Central and go to the breeder's list.

Sarah - 2008-12-26
I had a hedgehog for about four years. He was the cutest thing you have ever seen. Not many people knew this but he was my best friend. Their very loving animals, but you need to care and nurture them. I would recommend one for people who are ready to make a commitment. I miss Albert very much he was the greatest part in my life.

Jennie - 2008-12-22
I have two hedgehogs. Mine love to be with each other. They are very loving. My boy Oliver (10 months) is going crazy without my girl-Peanut(7 1/2 months), because we now have 4 new little hoglets in our family (3 girls and a little boy). They all seem very well natured and are only 2 1/2 weeks old. Healthy and happy! If anyone has any questions feel free to ask.

Kathleen - 2008-11-11
You know how they always say to keep your other pets away from the hedgie, well my cat once got into his play pen and patted it with his paw. My cat was halfway across my house in two seconds! ever since then my cat never bothers him. My dogs aren't even Interested! I wonder if when they say that they try to protect the other animals from the hedgie and not the other way aroumd? That sure is the way in my house. I mean it is hilarious to watch the hedgehog chase my pets when he's in his ball because the dogs are actualy whining and running away. It's like he's playing tag! And the entire time I'm rolling on the ground laughing my head off. This is one curious and outgoing hedgie. He sure isn't shy!

I love cooper(my hedgie)