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African Pygmy Hedgehog
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African Pygmy Hedgehog
They have such a cute little face and you'll love their darling waddle!
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To the person who asked about hedgehogs and where to get them, try craigslist. or hoobly.com. There are always people trying to sell their pets. I rescued my rupert from an animal rescue place since I don't believe in buying animals from petstores.
I would LOVE to get a hedgehog someday but I don't know where to get one. I would like some someone PLEASE to help me. San Diego
One of my very best friends is getting a hedgehog. She is very exited and can't wait to get one!
Don't forget to clip your hedgies nails regularly. This can be time consuming. It is best to try after their bath, and this is sometimes no easy task. Be careful not to clip too short as they will bleed if you cut into the quick.
If you plan on breeding them, get a young animal. If they haven't had their first litter by 18 months of age, they may experience difficulties during the birth.
just a couple hints from a former experienced owner/raiser but not a commercial breeder.
Julia Brown, age 10
Oh, I would LOVE to get a hedgie! They're so sweet and loveable! I aspire to be a hedgie breeder someday...though I know it wouldn't get me much money, but I don't care! Oh, and one suggestion for this site: You should have a section for dogs. I've got a Bichon named Buddy.
NOTE: Dr. Jungle says a dog section is coming within just a few weeks!
I just bought a hedgehog and named him Sonic. The first day he was very lively and I let him run in our bathroom and underneath my bed. However the 2nd day he wasn't lively at all and was very wobbly on his legs. I ended up taking him back to the pet store to see what was wrong and found out he was very dehydrated. I thought that was what it was because he wasn't drinking out of his water bottle. I don't think he understood how to use it. Anyway he's doing loads better now. I've switched his bottle to a dish and he now drinks from that! He also loves me to pick him up out of his cage and he sleeps beside my body, I think because of the warmth!
We have a total of 14 animals, all of which were rescued from abusive/neglectful homes. What I discovered about hedgehogs is that they are wild, not domesticated, animals. I always study up on the behavior of any animal we live with. Spiny Norman was fine in his clean crate with aspen chips and a wheel, fed on dry cat food. after reading up, I added a driftwood stick (pet store, reptile section), alfalfa hay, and a pressed alfalfa hut. Norman immediately sniffed the new additions and totally annointed himself. He is so much happier since I tried my best to replicate his natural environment. He also has a pan of water big enough to get in (only 1" deep). I try to handle him as little as possible, though he will take crickets or mealworms from my hand, and comes out whenever I come in the room. He is in the small rodent room and the big animals are not allowed in there. Norman is about six yrs old now and very healthy. I lined his crate with slate tiles & now his nails stay worn down. Oh yeah, don't feed fatty foods - it messes up their liver.
I had a four year old female hedgehog named Dafina. Unfortunately, there is a disease called "Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome" that has very little information on it. She stopped eating and drinking completely, and was constantly throwing up any and all medications/dextrose/glucose that I had her on. (She went to the vet) Hedgehogs become off-balance and wobbly when they have this weird neurological disease. She became paralyzed in three of her legs and could not move. In short, I had to have her euthanized far before her time. I did all the right things for her through her entire life but this is a disease that isn't well known. No one is sure what causes it and how to treat it.
I just wanted to inform all the hedgehog owners out there of this possibility. I have heard that it is uncommon to see this--but I also want to say that all of you need to enjoy your little ones while you have them, spikes and all. If they do not cuddle, or ever become socialized, continue to love them with all your heart.
I have a two year old salt-n-pepper female that means the world to me. "Sonic" is the second heggie i have had the honor of owning. She is absolutely opposed to handling during the day but becomes the most lovable little devil at night. I'm not an emotional person but i could barely stand to finish G. Dodger's account and i wouldn't know how to deal with the loss of such a benign little friend.
Eleanor, 13 years old, England
I was walking home from church one day, and I saw something by the side of the road. I saw that it had spikes... a snout... small, black, beady eyes...it was snuffling- yes, a hedghog! I crossed over and found that wasn't a happy chappy, so I wrapped it in my jumper to bring it home and nurse it. On the way home I called it Bobby.
I have guinea pigs and have a couple spare cages. I bedded one of these as I would for my guinea pigs, and put newspapers, woodshavings, and hay in it. I also included a water bowl and food bowl. I then got some woodlice, worms, and any other grubs I could find, and he chewed them up happily.
Well, I kept him for a few days. Here are my notes:
Do not feed them milk(it can kill them, but they'll obliviously drink it if they have the chance). Feed cat/dog food like chicken liver jelly or pet turkey pate and, of course, grubs like they eat normally. Provide them with a lot of water. They won't eat grass, but put them in a large run every day so they can root around the earth or grass. Try to resume, for them, a normal enviroment. Provide a patch of leaves or hay, a water bowl, and some extra food.
They aren't aggressive in any way, but don't provoke these sweet little creatures, as they'll curl up, frightened, into a ball if aggravated or scared. Therefore, keep them away from predators that might scare it. They won't respond to other pets very well, and don't bring them near domesticated pets for fear of ticks, mites, and fleas. Don't put any solution for fleas or things on it, as it is a wild animal.
It'll sleep, in the wild, for all of the day and scavenge at night. But you'll find that it'll be quite disorientated if you take it from the wild, and so will sleep in the night. Nevertheless, it will be jerky and wobbly in the day if it walks around, so don't worry.