Re: Potential New Owner Doing Research
Initial expenses will be the hedgehog, cage, wheel, and other things for the cage. Cages, if you build a C&C one, will cost about $50-60, I think. Wheels are about $15-25, depending on what kind you get and the store. You'll also have to think about how you're going to heat the hedgehog's cage. You can use either a ceramic heat emitter (I'm not sure how much it cost for the set-up, but it's a bit expensive), or a space heater (I got mine for $35, but I've been told that's on the cheaper side). Space heaters heat the whole room, so they take more power, especially if the room is big. Ceramic heat emitters heat only the cage, and don't take as much power.
Monthly costs will include heating (mostly during the winter months), supplies for cleaning, bedding (unless you're using fleece liners, those only have initial costs, and then washing costs), and food. Heating during the winter will likely be most expensive, but I don't know how much it would be, exactly. Food, to buy two-three good quality cat foods, would probably cost about $20-40 for the bags, but they last for a few months, since one hedgehog doesn't eat that much. Cleaning supplies would likely just include vinegar for disinfecting, paper towels for clean up and things like that. Not too expensive.
The biggest expense after the hedgehog and cage set up is obviously vet bills. You'll want to make sure you have about $200-300 set away in case of an emergency surgery or something like that. Exotic vets also charge more than regular small animal vets sometimes.
~*~*~ Kelsey ~*~*~
RIP my sweet Lily ~ 6/12/08 - 1/20/12