How To Take Care Of A Pet Hedgehog?

Do hedgehogs make good pets?

Pet hedgehogs are quiet, active, entertaining, and low maintenance.

They are nocturnal, making them a good pet for someone who has a 9 to 5 job.

These solitary animals prefer to be housed alone and may fight if kept with other hedgehogs.

Are hedgehogs easy to take care of?

Remove droppings, leftover food and soiled bedding daily; replace all bedding and clean the cage and accessories weekly. Hedgehogs don’t require bathing, but you must trim their nails occasionally without cooperation on their part. This is probably the most difficult aspect of hedgehog care.

What do pet hedgehogs eat?

Hedgehogs usually eat at night. As pets, hedgehogs should mainly be fed high quality hedgehog food. Small amounts of gut loaded insects (i.e. insects fed nutritious food that is then passed on to the lizard), such as worms and crickets and a small amount of fresh vegetables and fruits can also be offered.

How long do pet hedgehogs live?

Hedgehogs as Pets

The African pygmy hedgehog is the most common type sold as pets. It can grow to be around six to nine inches long. Four to six years is a normal life span, but a pet hedgehog can live up to ten years. It is a solitary animal and should live alone.