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Some general questions from a potential owner!

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Hey guys! I am new here and doing my reasearch before I get my own hedgie. It won't be for some time before I get one, but I like to learn lots ahead of time before I get a pet :)

One of my...well, my boyfriend's concernes, is the smell.
I have owned a variety of pets. Ferrets included. Before I got my ferrets, I researched and while I knew they could smell, I was reassured by a number of people that with proper cleaning and food they would not have a strong odour...which was beyond false. This did not go over well with my boyfriend who is very sensitive to scent. I would appreciate HONEST information about hedgies :) I currently have a dwarf hamster who has a very mild smell and is not of a concern to the boyfriend. I just want to know how a hedgie might compare, smell-wise. I am really good about keeping cages clean, so it is mostly just the general odour I am concerned about.

Any other resources you all think I might want to read would be great as well! I'm sure I will have lots of questions.
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Since you asked for more input, I thought I would add my husband's take on having a hedgehog. Now grant it, he is very scent sensitive, but the first week we had her there were a lot of complaints about the smell, but only when he was upstairs in the room our Sweet Pea lives. I asked about it on this forum and we were able to reduce it quite a bit by cleaning her wheel every day with a 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water spray. It helped a lot.

I was also told that the young hedgies have a stronger urine scent but that it lessens as they get older.

Over all I think they are far less smelly than other pets.
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