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How hard is it to take care of a hedgehog? Well, hard is a relative word. What is hard for you might not be hard for the person next door. Your next-door neighbor might be ready to wash their pet’s cage every hour, but you might not.
Either way, acquiring a pet comes with specific responsibilities that you must be ready to embrace. If you want to get a hedgehog, you need to know what responsibilities await you. It is the only way to find out whether you are willing to commit or not.
How Hard Is It To Take Care Of A Hedgehog?
First, you need to have general information about hedgehogs. How do they live; what is their lifespan? Or what do they eat?
Hedgehogs are lone animals and prefer their own company. For you, this is a good thing, especially if you are on a budget. You do not need to get another animal to give your pet some company. With time, some do learn and like to interact with humans, while others do not. The more you interact with your hedgehog every day, the more she gets to know you.
Hedgehogs have an average life span of 4 – 6 years. However, they can also live up to 10 years if they are in captivity. Additionally, they are sensitive to temperatures and thrive in temperatures of 72 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit. So, before committing to one, take note of their lifespan and how comfortable you will keep him/her.
While your pet hedgehog might get affectionate, it is safe to remember that they can bite. Hedgehogs are most active at night and most inactive and sleepy during the day.
Hedgehog Feeding Habits
Hedgehogs need an endless supply of clean and freshwater to drink. Its food needs to be high in proteins with at least 15% fiber. Also, ensure the food has low-fat levels. If your pet hedgehog is not obese, feed her 1 tablespoon of free choice every day. A supplement of crickets, mealworms, a morsel of raw meat or poultry, or some fruits and vegetables at least 4 or 5 days in a week is also ideal.
Serve your hedgehog in a shallow and heavy dish so that it does not tip over when feeding. For your pet’s health, throw away any leftovers and clean the bowl thoroughly.
Apart from the leftover food, be keen to clean up any droppings, and replace their soiled beddings. Also, try to clean the cage every week. Since hedgehogs do not produce so much odor, you will have an easy time keeping the house smelling fresh.
While you do not have to bath a hedgehog, you must be ready to trim its nails occasionally. This is actually one of the toughest bits of caring for a hedgehog.
Not many vets know how to treat a hedgehog. If you cannot get a vet who has specialized in caring for hedgehogs, get one who has some bit of knowledge about these pets. Your beloved pet needs check-ups at least once or twice every year.
Do hedgehogs make good pets?
Pet hedgehogs are usually very low maintenance, active in the day and night and provide a good quiet pet. If you work in the day it’s the perfect pet as all hedgehogs are nocturnal. Hedgehogs are solitary pets and prefer to be kept alone to prevent hostility.
Do hedgehogs die easily?
Hedgehogs are good at hiding illness and sometimes this can prove fatal. It’s important you get frequent health checks to ensure they don’t die early. Very few diseases cause a hedgehog to suddenly die.
Hey, I’m Amy and I’m in love with my Pets! I have a diverse variety, including 2 cats, 1 dog, 3 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, a rat and a beautiful macaw. I love writing about everything pet-related and spend as much time as I can sharing my personal experiences.