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Why Isn’t My Pet Hedgehog More Friendly? Tips on Working with a Shy Hedgehog

Why Isn't My Pet Hedgehog More Friendly - Tips on Working with a Shy Hedgehog

“My hedgehog will not come out of his house, and when I try to pick it up, it stays curled up in a tight prickly ball. Why isn’t my hedgehog more friendly like other hedgies I see on the internet?”

We hear this story often from people who have recently purchased a hedgehog. While we work constantly to ensure our hedgehogs are properly handled and used to being around people, sometimes a hedgehog will need some extra attention and care to get used to its new environment.

Here are some of our recommended tips on how to help your hedgehog become more happy and friendly, and less grumpy and shy.

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Why Hedgehogs Self-Anoint: Foaming at the Mouth and Licking

Why Hedgehogs Self-Anoint Foaming at the Mouth and Licking

If you have a pet hedgehog then you may have encountered this scenario before. Your hedgehog is going about its business walking around and exploring the area, when suddenly it stops. It then contorts its body into an awkward position, foams at the mouth, and then proceeds to lick and spread the foam onto the back of its body.

No your hedgehog does not have rabies and it is definitely not having a seizure! What you are seeing is the hedgehog behavior process known as self-anointing. Continue reading Why Hedgehogs Self-Anoint: Foaming at the Mouth and Licking

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Keeping Your Hedgehog Warm: Preventing Your Hedgehog from Hibernating

Keeping Your Hedgehog Warm - Preventing Your Hedgehog from Hibernating

We have covered before how great hedgehogs are as pets and how low maintenance they are to care for. However one of the most important aspects of hedgehog care is keeping them in a warm environment. If a hedgehog is not given a warm area to sleep and spend most of its time, it can become chilly, go into hibernation, and eventually die.

The good news is that keeping your hedgehog warm is easily done with a very affordable heating pad! Continue reading Keeping Your Hedgehog Warm: Preventing Your Hedgehog from Hibernating

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What to Feed Your Pet Hedgehog: Food and Treat Recommendations

What to Feed Your Pet Hedgehog

If you are looking to own a pet hedgehog in the near future, one of the most important aspects of keeping your hedgie healthy will be a proper diet. It is a common question we receive right off the bat…“what do hedgehogs eat?”. Continue reading What to Feed Your Pet Hedgehog: Food and Treat Recommendations

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The Top 5 Reasons Hedgehogs Make Great Pets

The Top 5 Reasons Hedgehogs Make Great Pets

We may be obviously bias, but hedgehogs are one of the best pets you can have! Let’s begin this article by saying that any pet requires your time and responsibility as an owner to be sure they are happy and healthy, including hedgehogs. However, they do not require as much time as a dog or cat, but can provide just as much fun and entertainment. Let’s look at a few of reasons that hedgehogs make great pets: Continue reading The Top 5 Reasons Hedgehogs Make Great Pets

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My Hedgehog Has Mites! How to Keep your Hedgehog Mite-Free

My Hedgehog Has Mites - How to Keep your Hedgehog Mite-Free

Pet hedgehogs can be prone to mite infestation if not treated properly. If your hedgehog starts losing patches of quills, is noticeably itching, has dry flaky skin, and is biting at parts of its body mites are probably to blame. The good news is that mites on hedgehogs are easily preventable and treatable. Continue reading My Hedgehog Has Mites! How to Keep your Hedgehog Mite-Free

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Cleaning Your Pet Hedgehog’s Cage: A Quick How-To Guide

Cleaning Your Pet Hedgehog Cage A Quick How-To Guide

In order to keep your pet hedgehog healthy and happy, his or her cage will need to be fully cleaned every 1-2 weeks. Some owners prefer to spot clean the cage every day or two to keep the cage tidy and then do a thorough cleaning every two weeks. Others prefer to do a once per week full cleaning and skip the daily spot cleaning. Either way will help to eliminate odors and provide your hedgie with a good living environment.

This is my recommended hedgehog cage cleaning process:

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Why Does My Pet Hedgehog Lick My Hands?

Why Does My Pet Hedgehog Lick My Hands

We recently received this question from a new hedgehog owner:

“My little new 1 and 1/2 year old hedgie licks on my hands every time we are socializing with him. Is it the salt on my skin? Does he need a salt and mineral block?

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