How to Choose a Pet Hedgehog

With at least 14 species of hedgehogs in the world, choosing the right one to fit your needs can prove to be a challenge. There are several considerations that you must sort through so that you can get a pet hedgehog that you are happy with and that is happy with you.

Size

You must consider the amount of space you have to devote to your pet hedgehog. Smaller hedgehogs, such as the African pygmy hedgehog, need around four-square feet of ground space. Larger pet hedgehog will need considerably more room. This means that if you live in an apartment, you should probably stick to a smaller species of pet hedgehog. If one lives in a large home and can devote a considerable amount of space to your pet hedgehog, your options are limited only by how much you want to spend on your pet hedgehog.

Climate

Hedgehogs thrive in temperate climates. Generally, the space where your pet hedgehog will be kept should be 72 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature will dip below 72 degrees Fahrenheit, you need to choose a larger species of pet hedgehog because larger species are able to control their body temperature. If the temperature stays below this threshold for too long, your pet hedgehog may go into hibernation. If you still want a hedgehog and can’t keep your home above 72 degrees Fahrenheit, you will need to buy a heat lamp or a warming pad to place under the cage.

Location

When you are making plans to bring your pet hedgehog home, you have to carefully consider where the cage will be placed. Larger species of hedgehogs as pets, such as the long-eared hedgehog are good options if you are going to keep your pet hedgehog outside. If you have ample outdoor space, you can build your hedgehog’s cage into the ground and plant him a garden in his cage. If you opt to do this, make sure that you build a bottom to the cage so that your hedgehog pet doesn’t escape.

Age

If you have children, you should buy a young pet hedgehog. Younger hedgehogs as pets are considerably easier to tame than older hedgehogs. You should also buy a younger pet hedgehog if you don’t have a lot of time to devote to taming your pet hedgehog. A hedgehog that is younger than six months takes a lot less time to tame than one that is older. When you are checking out hedgehogs at a store or breeder, avoid any hedgehog that clicks at you, regardless of age. Clicking is a sign of aggression, and once a pet hedgehog decides he doesn’t like you, that fact isn’t likely to change.