To the defense of the OP, I too researched Hedgies before buying one. Not fair for anyone to discount the shock as "well you did not research it".... I read lots of info on lots of breeder pages. Asked questions of breeders. Considered it a long time before the purchase....
The amount of poop and pee, especially on US when we try to hold him (always have to change all our clothes EVERY holding), as well as all the poop in his wheel (different thread I started), has been a shock. And I, someone who has had hundreds of critters, cats, dogs, and reptiles in my life! This little guy wins in the poop-n-stink contest of 41 years of odd pets.
Just saying... these guys can POOP.... wow.