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Throfted 01-23-2015 03:10 AM

Yeah to noursih them , their proper food is bit costly for a common person to afford that

JimmyHurrell 02-03-2015 06:05 AM

Great post . lovely

hedgehogbella 02-07-2015 07:45 AM

At first I wanted to buy just any low quality cage, food, bedding and so on, but I did my research and understood how important it is to ensure a hedgehog has the proper care. It is better to pay more money to keep your hedgie happy and healthy than to save money and have a unhappy poor pet.

angiec 03-14-2015 11:31 PM

I so agree with this. We grabbed the 3 hedgehogs - and I am glad we did- they were poorly housed , fed, general care neglected. We paid 200.00 each for them. Paid 125.00 per cage, 3 domes, 3 water dishes,3 food dishes, we bought the paper shavings, will be switching over to fleece, we bought toys. Because we had cages in our small living room and we do have a dog, my husband went out and bought 200.00 in wood and built a stand for all cages. Plus changing over to good cat food. I'm on here every day learning and reading everything I can. I spend at least an hour one on one with them nightly. I'm not saying this to say - hey look at me, but rather, hedgies are cute, and wonderful pets but if you cannot provide quality time, a quality life, then pass on this type of pet. We only wanted 1 and when we saw their living conditions we knew we had to help all of them.

paige.loveless72 03-30-2015 07:13 PM

Honestly, if your looking to bring your hedgehog home... i would recommend trying to already have a cage, food and water, bedding, a wheel, and something for them to sleep in to feel protected. (ex- t-shirt, blanket/towel, sleeping bag, igloo, etc.)

Sarax95 09-24-2015 09:33 AM

The trouble with pet store advice is pretty much anyone can get a job there if you say you like animals ect..

Such a great and true post!
Also I just wish people would really think about what to expect, I've always heard the smell is a huge reason for abandoning and rehoming hedgies :(

Gldgood 01-24-2016 04:21 PM

I totally agree with you. People don't really understand the care that needs to go into owning a hedgehog. I've heard so many times that hedgehogs are low matenence and they are. But people hear the word low matenence and think that hedgehogs are just like hamsters. I think that it's a breeder's job to know that the hedgehog is going to a good home and is going to be taken care of before selling the hedgehog. If we all do that then this problem will go away altogether.

ROBYNREECE 04-29-2016 06:58 AM

I might have sounded pretty stupid in some of my posts but I would rather ask a stupid question and make sure I have everything right.I have my moments when stupidity takes over.

I really want to do this right.

I am getting ours from a pet store and after paying the deposit and leaving I regretted it and thought it would have been better going to a breeder. Anyway it is done and rather someone who is willing to learn the right way than someone who isn't bothered.

I only found this forum today but from what I can see I will be getting allot of good advice and help.

Ogle08 06-18-2016 06:26 PM

I also want to add to this post, that you can potentially end up with thousands of dollars of vet bills when your hedgehog becomes sick. Believe me, I know.

KatieTitsworth90 07-01-2016 02:37 AM

Not to be rude but I bought my first hedgehog for $400 with no knowledge what so ever, everything she needed cost me $200 just to get started. Everything there after, food, bedding, etc cost me about $50 monthly. Never got sick not once. Vet bills were $100 per visit. (I took her to get check-ups and shots regularly.) So not every inexperienced person is wrong for having them. I did have to get rid of her last year because hedgehogs are illegal in some cities and towns. So please people check and see what exoctic animals are legal and illegal in your area. Fines can be pretty hefty if you are caught with an illegal pet. I recently moved to a town where hedgies are legal and bought a new one. Knuckles is about 8weeks old and let me tell ya he is spoiled rotten. THESE ANIMALS ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE. Just to make it clear. Not suitable pets for kids/teenagers or adults who don't want to take the time to buy proper essentials to keep their baby alive and healthy. :) Thanks for reading.

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