Hedgehogs are fairly low maintenance pets. They don’t make much more noise than a quiet purr when they are excited, they don’t have any real temperature needs, they can be fed hedgehog food you get at the pet store, and they don’t need much room in their cage. They are content as long as you feed and water them and give them an hour of out of cage time each day.
Hedgehogs have no real body oder and once they know how to use the litter box they can be free to roam around the house. Hedgehogs have a good memory so it should be no problem to remember where the litter box is placed. Some places that don’t allow dogs or cats will allow hedgehogs because you barely even know they are there. They don’t really chew on anything and they are easy to litter train. They love to play in tunnels or mazes and are easily entertained. Put an old used paper towel roll in front of them and they will have fun for hours.
Pet food for dogs and cats and dairy are too high in fat and too low in protein for pet hedgehogs. These types of foods should only be given as a treat every now and then. There are foods specially formulated for hedgehogs that you can purchase at local pet stores.
In the wild hedgehogs eat a variety of things from other animals to veggies. You can feed your hedgehog any of these as well:
- Bird eggs
- Grass roots
Interesting Hedgehog Facts
- Hedgehogs live on average four to seven years. There have been recordings of hedgehogs living up to 16 years!
- Hedgehogs are born blind, with a soft and short spine and with a protective membrane which dries in a couple of hours.
- In 2006, McDonald’s was nice enough to change their McFlurry containers so they would be more hedgehog friendly. In the wild, hedgehogs get their heads stuck inside of small places and eventually starve to death.
- A hedgehog curls up to go to sleep for protection from predators.
- When you hold a hedgehog their first thought is to curl up, but if you get them to trust you they should uncurl almost instantly.
- Hedgehogs are nocturnal.
- Hedgehogs are not rodents.