. They live, on average, between 4 and 7 years. Some can even live to be nine years old! . Hedgehogs are insectivores and not related to porcupine. . They are nocturnal animals. . They eat quality cat food such as Pet Curean, Acana or Natural Balance. They also need insects in their diets. Preferably alive. . African Pygmy Hedgehog doesn't hibernate.
THEIR MANDATORY NEEDS
. 3 to 4 square feet of floor . Food and water bowl . Bedding . Hideout (igloo, snuggle sack) . 12” diameter wheel . Quality food . Litter tray . Annual vet check-up . Small toys . Patience, love and cuddles
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A PET HEDGEHOG
. Hedgehogs poop a lot and not all of them will be litter trained. Of the 12 hedgehogs we have, 7 are litter trained. Be prepared to spot clean their wheel and enclosure every day and to clean all their habitat every week.
. They poop and pee in their wheel. Their digestive system is stimulated while they are running. This is why you should be aware that a small morning clean-up is necessary.
. Hedgehogs are not like the cute videos or pictures you see online. No, they won’t float on their back in the sink. In fact, most of them hate bath time.
No, they won’t pose for you when you ask. It’s pretty hard to take good pictures of them, because they are so fast!
No, they are not easy-bonding pets. All the pictures and videos you watch online took weeks and months to develop the bond they have with their pet hedgehog. It’s a trusting relationship that you have to develop with your pet through love and confidence.
Although, all of this is possible, yes! :)
. Hedgehogs have quills and they can poke you. When they are scared or when they want to intimidate you, they will ball up and contract their quills. This is not comfortable for us at first but our skin adapts and is less sensitive with time. A socialized hedgehog won’t ball up often and his quills will be mostly down. Hedgehogs have quilling period: they lose quills to grow new ones, just like a human does with their teeth. This is a normal but sensitive period for them.
. Hedgehogs have teeth. Like any animals, they can bite! They are not animals prone to biting. But if they are annoyed, frustrated or scared, it can happen. Their bites are really strong and they are painful.
Sometimes, they will just nibble to try to taste you (or the hamburger's taste left of your hands!). It's better to avoid any kind of bite, even if they are not meant to hurt you. We wouldn't want a bad habit to start!
. Hedgehogs are prone to particular diseases. While good breeders try hard to eradicate Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome by making sure of having pure lineage for their hoglets, other diseases can also happen. It is common to see tumors or cancers in pet hedgehogs. This is why we highly recommend an annual veterinary check-up for your pet.
At Hedgehog’s Island, none of our breeding hedgehogs, or their ancestors, have had any hereditary disease or cancer known, and we take good care to avoid to breed any hedgehogs who would have known health issues.
They are also prone to obesity, which can leads to other illness. Quality food can prevent obesity, accompanied by a good wheel and free roaming in a safe room.
. Hedgehogs are cute and funny. While they can be prickly, they are totally the cutest pets ever! They are funny and adorable! They are the perfect pet to watch T.V., play video games, read, study and even visit friends.
RESPONSIBILITIES ASSOCIATE TO A PET HEDGEHOG
. Legal Permit You need a legal permit to own a hedgehog on PEI. We provide it to you with the adoption of our hedgehogs.
. Caring Food and fresh water every day; A warm and comfortable habitat; Toys; Nail trimming and baths; Keeping yourself updated about the animal itself; Love, patience and trust; Annual veterinarian check-up (between $55 and $75, depending of your vet fees); Veterinarian care if your hedgehog is sick (Bills can get up fast, with a minimum of your vet fees ($55-75) plus medication and analysis, if necessary).