Hedgehogs as Pets
The Thrill with Quills
Hedgehogs as Pets
Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals by nature. This means they sleep in the day and awake by night.
Hedgehogs are becoming quite popular being domesticated pets. Not only are they low maintenance and hygenic creatures, they are also very playful little mammals. Unlike hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and mice whom had a furry elegance, hedgehogs are born with quills. When nervous, scared or surprised, they ball up to protect themselves from predators in the wild.
Hedgehogs are classified as Exotic Pets. Most people nowadays have dogs, cats, fish as pets. This is very common. In this generation, most teenagers are eager to have a unique kind of pet, this is where the hedgehog comes in the picture and they get along well with dogs and cats.
Knowing whether a hedgehog is the right pet for you? The answer to that is RESEARCH. The internet have a whole lot of information to search from and learning all you can before buying a hedgehog is definitely the responsible way to do it. :) since a hedgehog isn't meant for just about anyone.
If your looking to own a hedgehog yourself, we suggest for you to buy a pog from a breeder. This way, not only would you get to know your new hoglet's (baby hedgehog) personality, you would be able to see how to handle/carry the hedgehog, how to bath, trim and play with your hedgehog, what cage do you house them in? what treats to give them? and a whole lot more information to know. There is also a personal customer care involved and he/she can answer all your questions.
Most states in Canada and most areas in the United States of America are legal in owning a hedgehog, States that are NOT legal so far are:
- MAINE - a permit is required.
- Arizona - a permit is required (very difficult to obtain).
- Wisconsin - a permit is required.
- New York, New York
Moving forward, if you really really want to own a hedgehog, check if your state is legal, look for a reputable breeder, ask questions (he/she should be able to answer all your questions), and research.
As a breeder myself, everyday is still a learning experience. If your interested in getting to know more about hedgies, come visit my website at www.hedgehogville.com