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Old 01-28-2015, 09:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello! I'm hoping to get a hedgie this spring Any tips?
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Definatly do a LOT of research. Make sure you get an appropriate cage, wheel, food, heating, ect. Be aware that hedgehogs are a lot of work and can be expensive.

Good luck!
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Read all the stickies on every topic on this forum.

Start saving money for your vet fund for emergencies.

Research food and nutrition, heating and cage set ups.

Make sure you read the posts on Behavior Expectations.

It will give you a good start but you will still be surprised when you bring home your very own hedgie and feel like you don't know enough!

Just remember, they are who they are and we must learn what they like and need.
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Another few things, make sure your breeder has pedigrees (knows the parents for at least 4 generations back).

The better breeders will give you education, some type of WHS guarantee, the food that they are feeding and helpful information. The breeder should be able to tell you what the parents were like--so you have some clues what yours will be like.

I can't emphasize the importance of good breeders. The hedgehogs coming from them seem to be so much healthier than others. You don't want to be dealing with health issues while trying to bond with your new hedgie, it's bad enough that they usually start quilling about the time you adopt them.

Realize that the supplies you have to buy at first seem overwhelming, but once you get over the start up stuff, it is not so bad. You've got to get the cage, heating--CHEs, dome, thermostat, thermometer, scale, cat carrier, food and water bowls (your hedgie will usually easily transition from a water bottle, but at first you want to provide both). Then there's the liners, fleece recommended, litter box/pan, wheel--spend the money and get a good bucket wheel.

Then there's the question of food and nutrition. It is up to you to decide what is best for this creature who is depending on you to make the best decision for her/him.

There's many threads on here about raw diets, bugs, kibble and home made food. In the end, it is up to you and also what your hedgie will eat. The best intentions can go out the door if they don't eat what you have planned.
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Thanks so much for the advice! I'll be sure to do my research
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Like above poster said, read everything as much as you can. If you have a certain question in mind, try using the search option as this will yield valuable results and help you a lot.

Good luck, enjoy and welcome aboard!
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