I live in Iowa and many people in my town have expressed interest in keeping hedgehogs as pets but since they do not know much about the animals, they cannot be sure whether it would be a good choice or not. Since we have a couple of hedgehogs as pets, many of my friends have asked me how I have been getting along with the little devils and whether or not it is too much work. For one thing, my 12-year-old daughter and my 9-year-old son love these hedgehogs so much that they have taken up all of the responsibility of taking care of the adorable little pets. Since hedgehogs are spiky, initially I had to make sure that I was around when my children were handling the hedgehogs, but with a little practice they have now become experts and can play with them whenever they want.
For someone who is considering keeping hedgehogs as pets, the most important thing is to make sure that he or she has the right cage. There are many kinds of hedgehog cages available in the market, but the best ones without a doubt are the wire-frame cages since they allow for a lot of ventilation. Another thing is that wire-frame hedgehog cages are easy to clean and you can see what the little pets are up to and if they are in any sort of problem you can fix it immediately.
Another thing you have to keep in mind when look for hedgehog cages is that they should have containers for water and food and these have to be fixed so that they don’t topple over and make a huge mess. Once you get the perfect cage that you want, make sure that you keep it clean and dry at all times so that it is comfortable for the hedgehogs.
One of the best things about having hedgehogs as pets is that they don’t make a lot of noise and are quite gentle in nature. So for someone who lives in an apartment, keeping a hedgehog as a pet might be the best option as cats, dogs and birds can be quite noisy and can result in you getting complaints from your neighbours.
My children love having hedgehogs as pets and these don’t even require a lot of time and effort. You can keep them in any room you want or, like my household, move them from one room to the other one, whenever the mood strikes.
Hedgehogs can often get sick if they are not given proper food and ventilation or if kept in a wet or moist area. So if you observe any changes in the behaviour of your hedgehog, such as lack of activity and lethargy, make an appointment with the vet as soon as possible. Get the hedgehog checked out and get it proper treatment so that it can get back to health. However, if you take good care of its nutrition and living conditions, a hedgehog will seldom have any health problem.