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Old 10-28-2018, 05:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've done sooooo much research and I've tried to persuade my parents in me getting a Hedgehog. But my parents are doctors, and since Hedgehogs can carry salmonella they're always like "Salmonella is dangerous you can't get a Hedgehog". Is salmonella a big problem with hedgehogs? If not what should I do to persuade my family?
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My counter argument to them would be: Humans statistically carry more dangerous diseases/infections but you aren't telling me to stay away from other people.






Ive attached another thread from this forum which should help:


https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/foru...samonella.html
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Old 10-28-2018, 06:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Tell them interesting facts about hedgehogs. Then they learn more bout them without wanting to

Could just be saying that because they dont want insects in their house
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I don't know about salmonella and hedgehogs, but what persuaded my parents to let me have a hedgehog was volunteering at a hedgehog hospital to experience what it is like to look after a hedgehog
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As much as it sucks, there are way too many hedgehogs being re-homed due to not being prepared. Not having the whole house on the same page counts at being unprepared to have one and causes more trouble to the hedgehog that didn't ask for it.
I'm the third home to my little boy and got him at 2 months old. They're great pets, but I consider him a rescue. And they're not easy. Worth it, but not easy.
So wait until they're ready. It's best!
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May just have to wait until you’re on your own. There were animals I wanted as a kid I couldn’t have. I’m nearly 40 and just got 2 bearded dragons and a hedgehog. Sometimes you have to wait.
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I still live with my mom and it was a several month-long struggle to get her to agree to adopting a pet. She definitely had doubts when we first got our hedgie but she came around when she saw me taking care of the pet. It was definitely an adjustment. Now she loves our hedgie.
I kind of wish I had wanted a pet like this earlier, like back when I was in high school, but I know I wasn't ready for the responsibility then, and neither was my mom/my parents. So yeah, as someone else said, you may have to wait. But when your family comes around, I hope they'll see that it's worth it.
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Old 11-02-2018, 03:36 AM   #8 (permalink)
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My mum kept saying no as well. So I asked her why she was saying no. And then once we got past that, she agreed to it.

Mostly she said no because of having insects in her house, I made an agreement that she never has to deal with them, or see them.

Also if your parents still have legal responsiblities over you, then its their job to care for you and your pet, like making sure it gets to vets when it needs to. And also money.
If they arent ready to be able to get it to a vet when it needs, or they dont have the money for it, then they wont agree to it until that time.

Try asking them why they are saying no. This is the best way around it.
My mum also asked me why I wanted one and I had to come up with a really good answer. Which I did.

Also another reason for saying no was time, because shes so busy, and I think she was a bit worried at first, but I said she doesnt have to do anthing except hold her a few times when I need to do certain things like going to the toilet and sorting her insects If I take her with me to do the insects she wakes up and becomes a poo monster.

I had to make a load of promises which so far I've kept all of them. And she loves Holly now. Even if Holly thinks shes her litter tray.
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