• Frequently Asked Questions

    Published on 05-26-2010 10:23 AM

    FAQs are designed to be quick answers to common questions. They contain basic information, with few details. If you need ...
    Published on 05-26-2010 09:15 AM
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    2. Introduction to Hedgehogs

    Do hedgehogs hibernate?-
    Some species of wild hedgehogs do hibernate, such as the European varieties. Our pet hedgehogs do NOT need to hibernate, matter of fact, hibernation attempts can prove fatal to our hedgehogs. It is important to keep hedgehogs at a comfortably ...
    Published on 05-26-2010 09:22 AM
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    2. Introduction to Hedgehogs

    What is a hedgehog?-
    A hedgehog in general is most commonly recognized as a small mammal with a coat of stiff, pointy quills covering their backs. They have pointy noses, and slightly bulging eyes located on the sides of the face. ...
    Published on 05-26-2010 09:28 AM
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    2. Introduction to Hedgehogs

    Is a hedgehog a good pet for me?-
    That depends on your expectations in a pet. If you want a pet that will come when called, be alert and ready to play all day long, and be trained to do tricks, ...

    Caging 

    Published on 05-26-2010 09:48 AM
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    2. Caging, Equipment, and Supplies

    What size cage should I get?-
    The VERY bare minimum that is recommended for a single hedgehog is 2 square foot. However, significantly more than this is definately preferable. ...
    Published on 05-26-2010 09:51 AM
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    2. Caging, Equipment, and Supplies

    Does my hedgehog need a wheel?-
    Yes. Hedgehog appropriate wheels encourage exercise in hedgehogs, and play a major part in keeping a hedgehog entertained. Wheels are especially important in smaller cages, and with hedgehogs that are not offered frequent ...
    Published on 05-26-2010 09:56 AM
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    2. Feeding and Nutrition

    What should I feed my hedgehog?-
    Hedgehogs should be fed a protien based diet that is relatively low in fat. Many breeders recommend a diet based on one or more brands of good ...
    Published on 05-26-2010 09:57 AM
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    2. Feeding and Nutrition

    What kind of treats can I feed my hedgehogs?-
    Basically, almost anything can be offered to a hedgehog as a small treat. The exceptions to this would be unprocessed dairy products (such as any form of milk or cream), ...
    Published on 05-26-2010 10:18 AM
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    2. Health and Medicine

    My hedgehog has a hair on it's foot! What do I do?-
    First of all, see if you can get the hair removed. This should be done as quickly as possible, because leaving it on can cause serious damage. If the foot and leg are normal colored and the hair did not break the skin, your hedgehog should be fine, but ...
    Published on 05-26-2010 10:14 AM
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    2. Health and Medicine

    Why is my hedgehog sleepy, shaky, and cold to the touch?-
    The most common culprit here is a hibernation attempt. Hedgehogs often try to hibernate if the temperatures are too low, or the lighting cycles are not appropriate. ...
    Published on 05-26-2010 10:10 AM
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    2. Health and Medicine

    My hedgehog is losing quills. What is wrong?-
    If your hedgehog is young, it may be going through a process called "quilling". Quilling is the shedding of baby quills to make room for the growing in of adult quills. This occurs several times ...
    Published on 05-26-2010 10:06 AM
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    2. Breeding and Babies

    How long is a hedgehog pregnant for?-
    Hedgehog gestation is normally around 35 days. However, live babies can be delivered as early as 29 days, or as late as 59 days from the last breeding opportunity.

    How many babies are in a litter?-
    3-5 babies are often born ...
    Published on 05-26-2010 10:04 AM
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    2. Breeding and Babies

    Should I breed my pet store hedgehog?-
    It isn't a good idea. There are severe genetic diseases that occur in hedgehogs, and by breeding an ...
    Published on 05-26-2010 10:01 AM
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    2. Breeding and Babies

    My hedgehog just had babies, what do I do?-
    First up, DO NOT TOUCH HER OR THE BABIES. Mother hedgehogs can and will kill or reject their babies ...