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I really, really want a hedgehog. I'm kind of working on it with my parents, because I want one for Christmas and I'm hoping by then they'll let me, but I have a whole bunch of questions before I let myself get to into it.

First off, I heard that they get mites frequently, and I want to do as much as possible to prevent that; part of the reason my mother doesn't want me to get one is that she absolutely hates bugs, and we also have two dogs, and I'm not sure if they could spread to them. Can you get Revolution as a pre-treatment? I also would want to not use wood bedding to prevent accidental exposure to mites or mite eggs in the wood shavings, which leads me to my next question: how well does fabric lining work? I was looking at profleece because someone had recommended it... do you think there's something cheaper that could be used? I of course don't want to risk the safety of the hedgehog but because much of what is needed is expensive I'd like to save money wherever possible, and I'm not sure if this is a good idea. I also wouldn't know which type to get; does anyone else use it? This is the website if anyone's interested. Should I get twice as much as I need for when it's being washed? Because I think that would get pricey, but I'm not sure I understand what to do with the hedgehog while its cage is being cleaned/when its liner is being washed. Also, how would you wash fabric lining like that? Can it go in the washing machine or is that not sanitary, even if washed on its own? And could it still get mites even if I don't use wood shavings? They're my biggest worry. My dogs got fleas once and it really freaked me out, so I don't want to constantly have to worry that he/she's going to get them.

How much do hedgehogs cost? I would prefer to get one from a pet store, because I really don't think I'm going to find any breeders within driving distance. I live on Long Island, and I know there are a few upstate, but I really can't drive all the way upstate to get it, especially not in the winter which is when I'd get it (icy roads, hedgehogs are very sensitive to the cold, etc). I'm not picky at all, and I'd like to get one as cheap as possible (while still purchasing a healthy one) and is a boy or a girl preferable for any reason? I have no preference, I'd just like whichever is easier/cheaper, I suppose

What kind of "bedding" would I use, and does it need to be in an enclosed area? I've read several long guides, but most don't differentiate between play area and sleeping area. How should an area for sleeping be set up exactly?

What kind of cage should I get? I'd prefer to get this as cheap as possible too-- but I'd also like a nice one. I would be totally open to investing time in working on building something, but I'm not sure what to do. I know you can use storage containers and put holes in them for breathing and such, but I've heard these have low visibility, so I'd rather get a cage, I think, but I've also heard climbing up the sides of these can be dangerous for the hedgehog and I'm not sure how much they cost, how big it should be if I plan on having a separate area for a litter box to make training easier, if it should have a top or be open, etc. I think I'm pretty clear on what kind of wheel to get, but that's practically it. I was thinking I'd put his/her cage on top of my dresser which is about 20x50 inches. I'm not sure if this is big enough, but I don't know where else I'd put it.

Also, about litter boxes: I've read tips on how to train them, but what kind of litter should you use? I've heard to use cat litter, but I'm not familiar with different types of cat litter as I don't have a cat, so if someone could tell me specifically what type to use, that would be great. How big should the area be, and what should I put the litter in?

And I've heard to use cat food and mix several types. Any advice on this? Also, water bottle or water bowl?

Last thing: any useful tips on how I can convince my parents that these things are super adorable and we need one? Haha, but really, I'm sure I can take care of it. I'm really responsible and such. I'm 16 right now, but I'd be almost 17 by the time we'd get it. I would definitely be able to wash its cage and feed it and check on it and such, and I don't think it'd be a problem. I take care of our dogs a lot, feeding them when my dad isn't home and letting them out and they even sleep in my bed sometimes :x I'm sure I'd end up spoiling the hedgehog just as bad.

I'm kind of looking to get a list of exactly what I'd need so I can start to figure out how much it'd all cost so I can figure out if it's doable/how much I'd need to save up.

Sorry for how rambly this is... any advice at all would be greatly appreciated!!!
 

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Thanks so much for the long reply. I'll definitely read over that guide.

I've been looking around and I think I might end up waiting to get one, because I'm planning on not being around next summer as I'm hoping to be taking classes at a college in New York City, and then a year after I'll be going away to college and will likely be dorming at least freshman year so I won't be able to have one with me. I'm really not sure. I'm gonna have to look into it more because I know that my dad will help me take care of it now, but I just don't want to burden him with it for long stretches of time when I go away to college.

I'll definitely bookmark this post so I have your advice if I change my mind or work out an arrangement. This was a really lovely helpful reply! :)
 
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