Hedgehogs are beautiful creatures and amazing pets, but taking care of them can get a little tricky at times. That’s OK though, I’m here to make it the as easy as it can be for you.
The first thing you’re going to need is this complete (and free) care guide for reference. It contains:
- What you should and shouldn’t feed your hedgehog
- Caging options
- The basics to hedgehog hygiene (cleaning the cage, nail trimming, bathing, and potty training.
Here are a few posts I recommend reading to get you started:
Before You Get Your Hedgehog
(If you already have a hedgehog scroll down to the next section)
Here is a list of reasons you should get a hedgehog and few things you should consider before getting one.
Before getting any pet, you should always consider if you can afford to care for them. Not just afford the pet itself, but the monthly cost of food, water, bedding and other requirements. Even though hedgehogs are quite costly, their monthly requirements cost is relatively low.
You might already have other pets and be wondering whether your hedgehog will be able to live in peace with the others presence. Hedgehogs get along with some pets, but not others.
You might be wondering whether or not a hedgehog is a good pet for your child. Hedgehogs are, after
all, prickly. Or maybe your worried about your children hurting the hedgehog. Whatever you worries are, we have the answer.
Now you’ve decided that hedgehogs are the right pet for you, but just where do you get one? You have two options: a breeder or a pet store. Breeders are the best option, this post will tell you why.
Are Hedgehogs Legal in…..?
Some states don’t allow you to keep hedgehogs as pets. Before you get a hedgehog, you should check your state here and make sure won’t have to pay large fines or have your hedgehog taken away.
Last but not least, here is a list of breeders in the US and the UK for you to buy from.
Already Have A Hedgehog?
The first thing your hedgehog needs when it comes home is its own place to stay. It’s your job to provide that for her/him. Hedgehog cages need food & water bowls, a wheel, an igloo, and other things you can find in this article.
Hedgehogs are insectivores, but that doesn’t mean you should be catching bugs from your front garden and feeding them to your hedgehog. Hedgehogs can eat some things and should eat others. Here you can read all you need to know about what hedgehogs eat.
Hedgehogs need to stay clean. However, they don’t need daily baths. Bath time can be fun, but just be sure you’re doing it right.
Hedgehogs get sick sometimes and need to get care from a vet. However, vets are quite costly and you don’t want to take your hedgehog on a long trip to the vet for no reason.
Sometimes you might buy an aggressive hedgehog which can make it difficult to enjoy the amazing experience of having one. Here are tips to handle an aggressive hedgehog.
That should be enough to get you started. Love Hedgehogs? Join the Hedgehog As Pets Family group on Facebook!
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