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Sue and I were talking earlier about eventually (probably in a month or two) getting a little friend for Crash to play with. We both, unbeknownst to each other, had considered getting another hedgie, but we've heard they won't get along with each other very well aside from small periods of playtime. So we're wondering if anyone could tell us if any of the following possibilities would be a better match for little Crash.
-- a chinchilla
-- a southern flying squirrel
-- a southern possum (not a regular possum; these look like large hamsters and won't get any bigger than Crash)
-- a hamster
-- a gerbil

We can't have a cat or dog. Whatever we get has to be a critter that can be kept in a cage most of the time. So can someone tell us how each of the above would get along with Crash? And if anyone has other suggestions, please let us know.
 

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Hedgies do not need friends they are solitary animals that like to be alone I am not saying they cant get along with other animals just that they do not need to and will be ok with just having play time with you.
 

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It's not that he needs a friend, it's that we'd like to have more animals and would like to get something that Crash may get along with :D
 

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Sorry, but the answer is none of the above. Hedgies are solitary animals to begin with, and don't crave companionship of other hedgies. Males are worse than females when it comes to this.

Introducing hedgehogs and other small (or large) animals is also a bad idea. There isn't anything to gain from the interaction, and you are just risking the health and safety of both animals. There are plenty of diseases that could be given to each other, and an animal with quills can easily hurt one without, as well as a jumpy one with sharp teeth could hurt the hedgie. All except for the possum are rodents, and there is just so many differences between hedgies and rodents... it's just a bad idea.

The safety companion for Crash is you. Spend time bonding, he will thank you for it.
 

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Same as what Aleshea and LG said, it's not worth the risk to either animal to introduce a hedgie to any of those that you listed, or really, any other animal at all. You can get any one of those animals that you want, but don't worry about whether it'll get along with Crash, because they should never come in contact. So, just get whichever one you want/have room for, and enjoy each pet separately. :)
 
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