I am 12 and it took me months of proving to my parents I was responsible enough.
money was the main thing keeping me from getting a hedgie.
they were worried that I would not be able to pay for the hedgie and they would end up needing to, and they were aware that a hedghog is an exotic pet that needs expensive care.
While I was researching I also was saving up money. Birthday money, Christmas money from relatives, dog walking etc.
I made sure I had enough money to provide my hedgie with the very best for the rest of her life and at least 100 dollars at all times to be ready for any vet emergency.
I already had money so if you dont have any money to start out with it is gonna take you awhile. But it does take time to show you are responsible, unless you really aren't.
Money is not the only thing you should be aware of, as SnufflePuff said, hedgies can live up to 6 years and you have to make sure that you will be able to provide your hedgie with all its needs ( including love and snuggleing time
) when you are in high school and have a job or whatever you are planning to do.
hedgies are a joy to have but in some cases it can be hard to provide absolutely everything to keep them happy and healthy. If you have done proper research than you should know that. also hedgies aren't always going to want attention like a dog or cat would. Hedgies of any gender can be good pets, But you'll be suprized how different one hedgies personality is from another :lol: .Some hedgehogs will simply never come around and will always be huffy. Many people here have had to wait for months until their hedgies accepted them, others have a hedgie with a curiosity of a cat, and a hedgie who is always ready to explore, and some hedgies prefere to take a nap on mommy,lol.
But if you do get a hedgie, you have to make sure that your parents always are able to back you up if there was ever a problem.
Hedgies are amazing pets! I'm sure that with the right data, you'd be a great hedgie mom! :mrgreen: