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How to convince parents to get me a hedgehog?

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Over the past 2 years I have kept exotic pets that my parents bought for me or that I had caught. Some pets are a tarantula and 3 ant colony that I've raised myself. I have enough money to buy a hedgehog and I know a breeder. I have cat kibble that I will feed it and I have money to buy it. I have a Tupperware container to house it in and I'm going to purchase a wheel. But I'm pretty sure they will say no. I have proven myself responsible to them by now I think. I've already asked a year ago and they said no. What points can I bring up to them to help my case? I have done much research and I even got my English teacher, who has a hedgehog give me some pointer on how to take care of one.
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Something else to consider, is that veterinary visits are not cheap. These are exotic animals and just to walk in the door is expensive. When I leave a veterinary visit with a bill under $100 US I start to question what they missed. Make sure you have at least $500 stored away just for veterinary care. Doing so will also show your parents that you are considering long term needs and are prepared for them.

As Nikki stated, its not a matter of if you will need it, because you will.
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