Hedgehogs, who knew?

A friend of mine just posted on Facebook that she wants a hedgehog for Christmas. She's probably mostly joking, but of course I then had to google "buy a hedgehog" and find a hedgehog breeder near me so that I could taunt her with pictures of baby hedgehogs.

First of all, I didn't really know they could be pets. I thought they were like squirrels, but no, you can buy a hedgehog.

Some other fun things I learned:

1) You can free feed a hedgehog - meaning, just leave out a bowl of food, but you know your hedgehog (can we just call them H-hogs for short? Thanks) is getting a bit plump when they can't curl into a ball anymore. I think that's an excellent test for anyone.

2) They only do well if the temperature is between 70 and 80 degrees. Just like me. If it dips below 70, they will attempt to hibernate, and they don't do this very well. I don't know if that means they can't quite achieve hibernation and just get really sleepy, or if they achieve it *too* well and don't wake up.

3) Either way, the solution is a heating pad. Either put them on a human one, or buy a hedgehog shaped reptile one and put it in their cage. This is the first pet I've heard of where "heating pad" is part of their special needs.

4) No clumping litter. I'm not even gonna tell you where it gets stuck, but I will tell you this. If I ever get a hedgehog, I'm only getting a girl for this reason alone.

5)Hedgehogs are nocturnal. You can wake them up and play with them during the day, but don't try to change their schedule and make them a daytime pet. Again, we might be related. I've heard of werewolves, could I be a latent were-hedgehog? Every morning it occurs to me that I am not a daytime pet.


Mirka Breen said...

I see a picture book in there^...

October 29, 2011 at 3:32 PM
Jennie Bailey said...

They are the CUTEST babies EVER! I could look at baby hedgehog pictures all day. Our local shelter gets them in from time to time. Who would think you could give something that cute up? But people do!

November 2, 2011 at 12:12 AM
inluvwithwords said...

Ohmygosh, love this! Especially the test that lets us know they're (or we're) getting plump. LOL =D

November 3, 2011 at 4:18 PM
Lydia Kang said...

They are so cute! I saw some random YouTube video of them swimming or floating in a bathtub...they were adorable.

November 3, 2011 at 6:13 PM

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