Can you buy a pet hedgehog?

Tell everyone you know: Hedgehogs are not “pets.” Never buy a hedgehog or any other animal. If you’re ready to open your heart and home to a companion animal, open-admission shelters are the first and best place to look. So many dogs, cats, rabbits, and other companion animals are just waiting for a good home.

How much is a newborn hedgehog?

Hedgehogs range in price from $125-$250, depending on the hedgehog’s age, color, and temperament. Some breeders offer hedgehog starter kits for around $75 that include a cage, wheel, a hiding place, water bottle, feed bowl and food, and some shavings.

Can you have a baby hedgehog as a pet?

The two most common types of hedgehogs kept as pets are the European hedgehog, Erinaceus europaeus, and the smaller African pygmy hedgehog, Atelerix albiventris. Hedgehogs live alone in the wild and are typically solitary animals. They may take a while to warm up to you when you first bring them home.

Can you get a hedgehog from PetSmart?

Local Pet Stores.

You usually can’t find hedgehogs in the large chain stores like PetSmart, but many of the smaller independently owned pet stores have them. Check your local listings in your area and call the stores for availability.

Do hedgehogs cuddle?

In the wild, hedgehogs are solitary animals and they spend most of their time alone except during mating season. They tend to be shy and wary of people. It takes patience and a gentle hand to form a trusting bond with a pet hedgehog. Once a bond is established hedgehogs can be quite playful and occasionally cuddly.

Why are hedgehogs illegal?

Nevertheless, the quills can still penetrate skin and hedgehogs can transmit diseases such as ringworm and salmonella to humans. Like ferrets, however, the main reason hedgehogs are illegal in California, however, is due to the risk escaped and abandoned hedgehogs pose to native wildlife.

How long do pet hedgehogs live?

four to six years

Pet hedgehogs have an average life span of four to six years and weigh about a pound. Most owners will feed them a low-fat dry cat food supplemented with vegetables, mealworms, and crickets, and keep them in a large, flat-bottomed cage.

Do hedgehogs stink?

Hedgehogs don’t have any scent glands like ferrets, skunks, or even cats! So when we’re clean, we don’t have any particular scent. Like any animal, if they aren’t kept clean, they begin to smell funky. Since domestic hedgehogs are caged animals, we walk through whatever is in our cage.

How much do hedgehogs cost?

between $100 to $300

The average cost to buy a hedgehog can run between $100 to $300. The cost will depend on the age of the hedgehog, how friendly they are, and their coloring.

What is the best age to get a hedgehog?

It is best to select a hedgehog that is between 6-12 weeks old. Young hedgehogs usually adapt to a new environment more easily than older animals. Older animals may still make good pets with extra precautions. All hedgehogs should be easy to handle at the time of purchase.

Do hedgehogs bite?

However, you should try to use gloves when handling a hedgehog for your own health and safety. Hedgehogs can bite you, but very rarely will that happen. This usually happens when they are young and think your fingers are going to feed them (if they have been fed via a syringe as they had no mother).

Do hedgehogs have fleas?

Fleas can and will infest hedgehogs if there is a heavy infestation in the home, but they generally do not like the African pygmy hedgehog, presumably because of its low body temperature and the presence of quills covering most of its body.

Do hedgehogs recognize their owners?

Your Pet Hedgehog Will Learn To Recognize You Over Time

You just have to be patient. Hedgehogs are naturally a bit nervous around humans at first and it takes some time for them to build that trust around you.

Do hedgehog bites hurt?

How bad does it hurt? Hedgehogs have fairly small teeth designed to crunch insects. They do not have the typical rodent incisors or the large carnivore canines. The typical bite won’t feel good but won’t cause excruciating pain either.

How old is a 2 year old hedgehog in human years?

Hedgehogs typically live two to three years in the wild. The most common cause of death in the wild is due to predation rather than age.

Hedgehog Age in Calendar Years Equivalent Human Years
2 months 10 years
6 months 20 years
14 months 30 years
3 years 40 years

Do hedgehogs poop a lot?

Hedgies poop, a lot! And if your hedgehog has a wheel, as they run on their wheel, they’re going to end up running through their own poop, creating “poop boots.” Don’t despair though, Squeaky Clean is great for soaking and cleaning your wheel effectively but without using harsh or dangerous chemicals.

What to know before buying a hedgehog?

Top 5 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Hedgehog

  • Housing. Housing is a very important thing in your hedgehogs’ life as they need many things in their life to keep them comfortable and happy. …
  • Personality. …
  • They Can Carry Diseases. …
  • Handling and bonding with the owner: …
  • Food Do’s and Don’ts. …
  • Do’s:
  • Don’ts:

Are hedgehogs expensive to take care of?

Expect to spend at least $200 to get things set up for your new hedgehog and don’t be surprised if your hedgehog costs you $100 or more. Being prepared for over $200 per year spent on the care and maintenance of your hedgehog is a low-end starting point.

Do male or female hedgehogs make better pets?

For many species, males are more aggressive than females. Because of this, females are typically viewed as more desirable pets than males. This tendency, however, is not true of hedgehogs. Male and female hedgehogs show no consisten temperament difference in how they react toward humans.

Do all hedgehogs carry salmonella?

Hedgehogs can carry Salmonella. Kissing and cuddling a hedgehog can spread Salmonella to your face or mouth and make you sick. To prevent direct or indirect spread of Salmonella to others, follow these simple steps to help reduce your risk of becoming ill from contact with hedgehogs and their environments.