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Our hedgehogs are not the scared prickly balls as seen elsewhere. These sweet and energetic hedgehogs are raised by us through quality breeding, and we continuously spoil them which keeps them friendly.
African pygmy hedgehogs are a fun, energetic pet, and can become very personable addition to the family.
Always feed your hedgehog a quality hedgehog food – not cat food. Cat food contains fish protein and other ingredients that a hedgehog’s system is not equipped to digest. Hedgies are mainly bug eaters, and cannot process the fish fats and oils in most cat food which can cause fatty liver disease and cause them to become over weight. Even some “all natural” cat foods contain some elements for hairball, and urinary tract control that can be harmful to hedgehogs.
Hedgehogs need space to run, and someplace to stay warm. A proper cage set up is essential to the health of a hedgehog. If you do not keep your hedgehog warm enough he will get sick and possibly die. Wire cages do not contain the heat needed for your hedgie, and plastic tubs, when combined with a heat source, can either melt, causing them harm, or give off toxic fumes, poisoning your hedgie. We have proven hedgehog setup that is well suited for our Minnesota weather to keep the proper temperature ranges, and large enough for your hedgehog’s 2-3 mile at a time exercise sessions. Our breeder approved setup includes a large glass tank, which is best for keeping in heat – and you are able to watch your hedgie’s antics. The setup also includes a heat pad to gently keep your hedgehog warm to keep them healthy and active.
Hedgehogs are generally not a good choice of pet for young children. Most young children are in bed before the average hedgehog is thinking of getting up, and then they are going to sleep when most children are waking up. Some hedgehogs can be woken up during the day for short periods of time, but are often grumpy. Most people are the same way when they are aroused at 3am for no reason.
Hedgehogs are quiet shy little animals that startle easily.  After being poked a few times, many children can unintentionally drop the hedgehog, and then become afraid to handle them. Young children just by being their usual active selves don’t have the patience required to get to know a hedgehog.
Of course as with all pets, it is ultimately the responsibility of an adult to ensure the proper care and handling of the hedgehog.
Consider your lifestyle before you decide to bring a hedgehog home. If you are morning person who goes to bed early, a hedgehog may not be an ideal pet. Hedgehogs are most active in the evening and middle of the night. Hedgehogs are up at night. If you are a light sleeper, you may not be able to tolerate the constant shuffling, running, drinking and general cage re-arranging that hedgehogs like to do. Hedgehogs spend most of their waking hours running on their wheel, doing laps of their cages. Even the quietest wheel can sound very loud in the middle of the night.
African pygmy hedgehogs generally live 5-7 years and usually weigh between 1-2 lbs. A good diet and plenty of exercise is essential to preventing a hedgie from becoming overweight. A hedgehog’s main diet are bugs (crickets) and occasionally mealworms. Other food items that might intrest your hedgie are cooked chicken/turkey, cooked scrambled eggs (without butter or seasonings) or hard boiled eggs, and small cubed melon.