HERE AT HEDGEHOG'S ISLAND, we strive to deliver the very best hedgehogs possible. But while we hold ourselves to the highest of ethical and legal standards, there are many exotic animal breeders who do not. In order to ensure that you are getting the best pet imaginable, be sure to follow these three suggestions below.
The Ethic and Guarantees
All ethical breeders must have policies and guarantees. He will also take good care of the hoglets by making sure that the adopting family considers their choice wisely and does not buy on an impulse. The well-being of the animal should always be the top priority. An ethical breeder will also offer three guarantees when you purchase your hedgehog.
The first guarantee is against mites. Breeders will generally give you a 21 day guarantee on this. The life cycle of mites is one to twenty-one days. That means that if your hedgehogs have mites during the first twenty-one days of his adoption, this will be covered under the breeder's policy. Generally, he will cover the charge of the treatment. If mites appears after those 21 days, this is not covered, as these parasites are not coming from the breeding program.
The second guarantee given is one on health. It varies from breeder to breeder, and is generally between three to six months. This guarantee covers the death of your pet in the case of a health problem (inherited disease, disorder, illness, birth malformation, etc.) that would be predisposed under the breeder’s care. After a necropsy showing the cause of death, the breeder will offer you another hedgehog.
The third and the last ethical guarantee is the one on Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome (WHS). Many ethical breeders will give you a lifetime guarantee on it. The reason is that symptoms of WHS normally appear between 18 to 24 months old, but can also be shown later than two years old. What is Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome? WHS is a progressive degeneration of the neurotic central system. It is like the Sclerosis for humans. Slowly, the hedgehog loses his mobility and his ability to do normal things such as walking, running and eating. After a necropsy is done by a competent veterinary pathologist showing that the disease is WHS, your breeder will offer you a new hedgehog. To learn more about WHS, click here.
Fear not. Breeders works really hard to avoid any hereditary disease. An ethical breeder would never breed a hedgehog known for any disease, or one from a WHS direct lineage.
The Lineage of the animal
A good breeder works really hard to establish lineage. He could have to import animals from other breeders, or drive hours or days to get a good line’s hedgehog. He has to make sure there is no chance of inbreeding between a pair. Pedigrees are really important and use on an everyday basis between breeders. To learn more about pedigrees, click here. Breeders work together to develop strong and healthy hedgehogs.
An inbred hedgehog has a lot more chance to develop WHS and any other diseases and tumors. When we talk of inbreeding, it does not rely only on sibling-sibling/parents-children. Breeders work with a minimum of five generations to ensure of the purity of their lineage. If a case of WHS appears, breeders act responsibly and make sure to avoid any other transmission of this disease.
Your breeder should also offer you a pedigree or a birth certificate. This paper will show you information about parents and grand-parents of your new hedgehog, like their registration information, their color and which breeder they initially came from.
The Knowledge and Socialization
Another good reason to adopt from a reputable breeder is the knowledge they carry in regards to their hedgehogs. A breeder is specialized on the animal breed and knows about the needs of the pet. He can helps you find the appropriate stuff for your new critter like your choice of cage, answers to the dietary needs and give you advices with your bonding process.
A breeder is also an expert in socialization of the animals. The breeder knows his hedgehogs and their personalities. He has a direct contact with them, every day. The babies are handled with care every day since they are 12 days old, making them the perfect pets. They are used to different sounds, smells and objects. They learn with their siblings and their mommy, in a safe environment. They develop their personality with confidence. And on top of everything, they are cherished and loved until they are ready to leave for their new and forever family.
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OFTENTIMES IT SEEMS that people have a host of misconception about hedgehogs. People confuse them with porcupines, think that they are difficult to care for, or are worried that they are too spiky to ever really handle. But anyone who owns a hedgehog can tell you that these things couldn’t be farther from the truth, and that in fact, hedgehogs make some of the very best pets. With that in mind, we’ve created a list of the top five reasons hedgehogs make the best pets, and we hope you enjoy it!
Nothing is Cuter Than a Hedgehog
This may simply be a case of stating the obvious. How could you look at a picture of a hedgehog and disagree?
Sure, lots of other pets can be cute (and I mean no offense to my cats), but nothing compares to the cuteness of a hedgehog in a hat. And it’s not just their mickey mouse ears, or their wiggling little noses which send me over the moon.
No, it’s their attitudes and personalities which make them the real cuties. Each hedgehog is an individual, full of intrigue, curiosity, and kindness. They’ll even let you pet their bellies like a dog! But of course, like any animal, sometimes they can get grumpy.
Hedgehogs are Hilarious
I can’t help but smile even as I write this. There is nothing in the world that makes me happier than playing with my hedgehogs, and the reason behind this is that they are just so darned funny!
It always seems as if they have somewhere to go, and no matter what their destination is, they will be certain to find the most difficult way of getting there.
Little bumps and scrapes mean nothing to a hedgehog as they explore their world; they’re always tumbling and falling as these little adventurers squeeze their way into trouble.
They are Fascinating
What could be more unique to watch than a hedgehog? Even at first glance you can tell that there is something special about these little critters. Just look at their quills!
Did you know that every adult hedgehog has more than 5 000 quills, each of which is sharp enough to defend themselves against even dogs and foxes?
And yet, hedgehogs are fully in control of these quills and can make them as a soft to the touch as petting a cat ---that is, once they trust you!
Hedgehogs Love to Cuddle
The beautiful thing about hedgehogs is that no matter what you are doing, you can do it better with a hedgehog cuddling you.
Whether it be watching TV, playing video games, cooking, or even working out, our hedgehogs are always nearby. Hedgehogs love to fall asleep on us, which is adorable, and they are just so portable.
Snuggled into a mitten, tucked into a purse, or even in my pocket, I never venture too far without the warm love of a snuggling hedgehog.
They Are Just So Loveable
And on that note, it is worth repeating: hedgehogs are just super loveable! Once you get to know your little quill-baby and discover her personality, you’ll be in love forever. The bond between a person and her animals is always unique, but the connection that can be formed with a hedgehog is something different altogether.
They will love and trust you unconditionally, and you can always see in their expressive eyes the love they share with you. It is amazing that something so small can make me feel something so big!
There are countless reasons why hedgehogs make the absolute best pets, but these are just some of the most important ones. If you would like to see more hedgehog pictures, to learn more about hedgehogs, or discover your options for hedgehog adoptions, please click here to visit our homepage.
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