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About Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are NOT rodents, they belong to a group of animals called insectivores (a small insect-eating mammal related to the mole and shrew).Hedgehogs make great pets if they get the care and attention they need. Hedgehogs are low maintenance and can live up to 8 years on average 4-5 years. They are hardy and don't have very many species specific health problems. Hedgehog can be purchased for about $175-$250 depending on the location and breeder. They will need to be handled often to remain friendly.
In the wild hedgehogs are insectivores, in our homes a high protein, low fat cat food. A meat as the first one or two ingredients. *27-35% protein (30-33% is ideal)*Under 15% fat *Minimum "filler" ingredients (corn, corn gluten meal, etc).Hedgehogs should not be kept in direct sun lightor by windows, heaters or vents. Hedgies sould be kept at 72-78 degrees with indirect sunlight.


Suggested snacks-treats:

Foods to avoid:

  • Avocado
  • Dried fruit
  • Chocolate
  • Outdoor insects
  • Raw eggs
  • Onions
  • Fried foods
  • Nuts
  • Garlic
  • Milk
  • Grapes
  • Raw, canned, or processed (hot dogs) meat
Color's & Patterns:
Dark Standard: (Dark Gray, Salt & Pepper & Black)
Black nose
Dark quills bands
Dark mask
Extremely dark gray-black skin
Standard: (Chocolate & Gray)
Dark brown or black nose
Dark brown quill bands that may have gray hue
May have some brown masking
Light gray skin
Light Standard: (Brown & Cinnamon)
Light brown or pinkish brown nose
Light brown or reddish brown quill bands
Masking possible but unlikely
Dark pink with gray hue skin
Dark Cotty: (Black Eyed Cinnacot & Dark Cinnacot)
Medium to dark pink nose
Mix of tan, orangish & or light brown quills, bands clearly visible
Faint masking
Pink skin
Light Cotty: (Red Eyed Cinnacot, Champane, Apricot & Pale Apricot)
Pink nose
Light tan & or light orangish quills, banding may be faint
No masking
Very pink skin
Pink nose
Pink eyes
White quills
Pink skin
Pattern is 50% un-banded (pure white) quills
Pinto is a partial form of albinism
Pintos are colored normally with the exception of one or more patches of pink skin with white quills
A true white will have all white quills, with 10(ten) or fewer banded quills on forehead
Heat Mat
Solid wheel- (Bucket wheel, we use Carolina Storm Wheels)
Puppy or baby shampoo
Water Bottle or dish
Bedding- litter (Apsen, Carefresh, dried pine or cloth liners) NO CEDAR!
Solid bottom cage (We use large rubbermaid bins)
Hideout (Igloo)
High protein cat food


Bathing should be done as needed 
For feet only wash fill sink or plastic tub with 1" to 3" of warm water and let hedgie roam for a few mins
For a full bath fill sink or plastic tub with about 4" or 5" of water wash belly then apply baby soap with a toothbrush to the quills, rinse well.
Wrap in towel until dry.
Cages need to be cleaned weekly
If your hedgie uses a litter box it will need to be changed at least 2 times a week
Wheels need to be cleaned daily or every other day
Diamond Naturals Indoor Cat Formula
Chicken, chicken meal, cracked pearled barley, whole grain brown rice, powdered cellulose, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, egg product, fish meal, sodium bisulfate, choline chloride, dried chicory root, methionine, potassium chloride, taurine, L-carnitine, yucca schidigera extract, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
Crude Protein Minimum32.00%
Crude Fat Minimum14.00%
Crude Fiber Maximum8.00%
Moisture Maximum10.00%
Ash Maximum6.50%
Taurine Minimum0.10%
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