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Hedgehog Care Tips

May 15, 2021

There’s a pretty cute little critter that has been melting hearts all over the world: the Hedgehog! There are actually 17 types of hedgehogs, but it’s the African pygmy that is most commonly kept as a pet. A Galena, MD vet discusses hedgehog care below.

Don’t Scare Him

Hedgehogs can’t see very well: they mostly navigate the world by smells and sounds. It’s very easy to startle these guys. Just the sight of your shadow can frighten your tiny pet! Take care not to scare him.

Offer Great Food

Diet is crucial for all of our animal companions. We recommend giving your buddy a quality hedgehog kibble. You can supplement this with things like waxworms, mealworms, and other ‘yummy’ treats. Ask your vet for more information.

Get A Great Cage

A good cage is very important. Choose one with a solid floor. Wire floors don’t hold substrate, and can actually cause injuries.

Honor Hedgie’s Schedule

Hedgehogs are nocturnal, so they tend to be quite active and frisky at night. This is something to keep in mind if you are getting Hedgie for a child. Make sure to put your prickly pal somewhere that he can sleep during the day and play at night if he wants.

Offer A Wheel

Hedgehogs are naturally quite active, and they can get quite sad and depressed if they don’t get enough exercise. A running wheel is rather like the hedgehog version of a treadmill. Just be sure to choose a solid one: the wire ones are actually dangerous.

Tame Hedgie

Hedgehogs are quite timid by nature. Give your little buddy time to get used to you. Hold him gently, and talk to him. He may curl up in a ball, especially at first. That’s fine! Give him time to relax.

Adopt A Baby

If possible, adopt your little buddy when he’s still young. It will be easier for little Hedgie to bond with you and feel safe if he grows up in your care. Adult hedgehogs can still be tamed, it just may take longer.

Keeping Hedgie Healthy

Just like any other pet, hedgehogs can suffer from a variety of illnesses and injuries. Take Hedgie to the vet regularly for exams. This is a great chance for you to get specific care tips.

Please contact us for more information on hedgehogs. As your Galena, MD veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!

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