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African Pygmy Hedgehogs

Updated on December 29, 2009
Hedgehogs are exotic pets.They have only been kept as pets for a couple of decades.
Hedgehogs are exotic pets.They have only been kept as pets for a couple of decades.

African Pygmy Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs especially African Pygmy Hedgehogs are cute exotic pets that more and more people are now keeping as pets. The most common species of the domesticated hedgehog is the African Pygmy Hedgehog. The African Pygmy Hedgehog is smaller than its cousin the European Hedgehog.

Keeping Hedgehogs as pets became popular in the 1980s and as a result of the African Pygmy Hedgehogs being kept as pets new colors have emerged like Albino and Pinto colored Hedgehogs.

Your African Pygmy Hedgehog will want to be kept warm, usually above 72 degrees. You can feed your African Pygmy Hedgehogs on high protein , low fat cat food. You can give them treats like meal worms , unseasoned cooked meat , fruits and vegetables.

Be sure to check with the state laws where you live to see if you can legally keep an African Pygmy Hedgehog as a pet in your state before you purchase one. Just because you see them being sold at your local flea market does not mean they are legal in your state. Do your own independent research and be 100 percent sure of any local or state laws in your area.

You do not want a wire bottom cage for your African Pygmy Hedgehog. You want the cage floor to be solid. You want the cage floor for one African Pygmy Hedgehog to be at least 5 square feet. And while multi level cages for your Hedgehog may seem nice your African Pygmy Hedgehogs have poor eyesight and while they are great climbers they can not always get back down easily.

African Pygmy Hedgehog

Your African Pygmy Hedgehog will enjoy running on a wheel but it must be a solid wheel not a wire one. A fleece blanket with no frayed edges will make a great bed for your hedgehog but there can not be any loose or frayed edges as your Hedgehog will get its self caught up in strings and frayed edges and could injure its self. Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant and you should not give milk or dairy products to your hedgehogs.Sugar treats should be limited to fruit treats only and never give anything to your hedgehog with added sugar.

If your hedgehog starts becoming to fat then you should cut back on its fat intake. Never give your hedgehog avocados , grapes , nuts , raisins , chocolate or any canned or processed foods. Also never give them egg yolks or raw meat. But make sure that your hedgehog gets plenty of fresh water and again I would use bottled water never city water with chlorine in it. And be sure that your hedgehogs water stays clean at all times.

Know that hedgehogs are allergic to wood oils especially pine oil. Also avoid letting your hedgehog have contact with cedar bedding or cedar shavings. Hedgehogs can react to stress with vomiting and green feces's. Avoid putting your hedgehog into stressful situations or conditions.

You really should take any new hedgehog you purchase to the vet to be checked as soon as possible after you purchase it. You will want a vet who is a small animal vet and familiar with hedgehogs. And your hedgehog should go to the vet at least once a year to be checked up on.

Your hedgehog will need to be kept out of drafts but they do need to be in a area where they will get plenty of fresh air. In warm to hot weather it is okay to open a window in the daytime in the area where they are at. And your hedgehog will need a hide box where it can go for some peace and quite. Kiln dried hay will work excellent in the hedgehogs hide box as they do like to cover themselves up while they sleep.

Do Your Research:  Before you commit to buying any pet including a African Pygmy Hedgehog , please do your own independent research. Do everything possible to learn everything about hedgehogs  you possibly can before you ever purchase one.

The text on this Hub Page was produced by Thomas Byers for this Hub Page and is not to be copied or used on other sites. Today's date is  Monday , December 28 , 2009.

My African Pygmy Hedgehog Barley

Do you have a African Pygmy Hedgehog? Tell us about it. Also post your questions , tips , suggestions and comments below now.

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      Thomas Byers 

      4 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Great Comment Kimmy. Thanks Much.

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      Kimberly Lambers 

      4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I have a female hedgehog who is 1 year and 3 months old and her name is Quilla. She has a great personality. Quilla loves swimming in the bathtub and it calms her down a lot; which is helpful when bathing a hedgehog.

      I recently purchased a bonding pouch for her after we purchased our sugar gliders; and found out that bonding pouches are a great way to have your pet get to know you, and she enjoys being in her bonding pouch and having the closeness with us.

      I highly recommend having a hedgehog and sugar gliders to anyone who has the time it takes to commit to either since they do require a lot of time with their owners.

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      5 years ago

      I just bought my hedgehog and she's 2 months old. How much do I feed her per day? I give her about a tablespoon of low fat cat food at the same time every day but she's always hungry. Any suggestions?

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      6 years ago

      i just broght a pygmy hedgehog and when she eats she is sick a copple of secounds later

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      6 years ago

      they are so cute

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      7 years ago

      Can I use a cotton tea towel for bedding?

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      8 years ago


      I bought a female pygmy when she was six weeks old. I also bought the cage, the toys and everything else. HOWEVER, she didn't want to have anything to do with the toys (she'd just sit there on the wheel for two seconds and then walk away). And then seeing her caged up was just depressing (being that hedgies are roamers).

      So here's what I do: I let her have free reign of my master bedroom. I've got areas where she can burrow (my purses seem to be her favorite) and her food is in a corner. Sure she goes to the bathroom wherever she wants, but I just clean it up (hardwood floors) with a natural cleaner. My intent is to make her happy and hopefully increase the longevity of her life. I make sure there aren't harmful things on the floor that she could ingest or step on.

      MY QUESTION IS: Is this a good idea? Cause the running she wants to do won't be on the wheel (as mentioned before).

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      8 years ago from Georgia

      I can't wait to get a few of these. Just can't in GA. Have to wait till I move; just across the border 15 minutes but still. I've written a good number of blog posts and a hub on them. Great species to have as a pet with proper research and knowledge, of course.

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      8 years ago

      Nice hub, i never found any vast knowledge of hedgehog in anyone, keep it up & remain in touch with your good hubs.

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      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      A friend of mine had one of these in college and I was always amused by them. They certainly make great pets! Thanks for all the great tips and info!


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