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Celestia85 03-08-2019 12:13 PM

Adding another hedgehog
 
Hi guys. In my search for a hedgehog, I had contacted a breeder who recommended I get two females since we were set on getting a female hedgehog. That was not in our budget at the time we put a deposit on our very first hedgie. But now I am wondering, if we do decide to add a second female to our family, can I keep the new hedgie in the same cage as our current? Or will they fight?

Aj.t 03-08-2019 12:46 PM

Hey there! Hedgehogs are solitary animals by nature; it shouldn’t be recommended that they need a friend. With that being said, some people have housed two females that grew up in the same litter together and had no problems. A lot of times, however, they do start to pick on each other and have been known to fight.
I would say since you’re such a new hedgehog owner, stuck with one. It will be financially easier for you, but you’ll also be able to more fully understand their needs and care. If you do decide to get another girl, and she didn’t come from the same litter or even breeder as your girl now, I wouldn’t recommend trying to house them together.
Hope this helps 🙂

Ria 03-08-2019 12:54 PM

People only house two siblings or a mother and daughter together. And thats only if they get on so well with each other, or if they stop eating/wheeing and that when they are sperated.

As said if they arent related and arent even from the same breeder then dont house them together, not only can they fight but one could bully the other out of food you then end up with 1 overweight hog and 1 underweight/starved hog.

I'd stick with one for now and learn more about their care and that before thinking of getting a second.

Celestia85 03-08-2019 01:39 PM

Thanks guys. The breeder had me worried that my female would be lonely without a friend. I'm not sure why she would recommend that to me, she's supposed to be one of the top breeders here. Seems to me like she was just trying to make more money then. I won't bother getting another then, and will just concerned grate on our new baby. Thanks again!

Ria 03-08-2019 02:03 PM

Some breeders are like that, they mainly try it with new owners , its wrong, but doesnt stop even then best breeders in the area.

Chowder 03-09-2019 12:25 AM

In the wild hedgehogs are solitary animals. Sounds like what you said, that the breeder is just trying to get more money. That would make me question whether I wanted to continue to do business with that breeder.


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