Hedgehogs are mammals that have been around for thousands of years. Their main food are insects, but they will eat a variety of different animal and plant matter when available. Most of the day they are sleeping and become active at sundown.
Hedgehogs as Pets
People are debating whether hedgehogs should be kept as pets. Some think that wild animals should stay wild, while others note that cats and dogs were wild once, and domestication has to start somewhere. However, for everyone who is considering adopting a pet hedgehog, he/she should know all about their accommodation and their habits.
Here are four important things that everyone should know before adopting one:
– To Find a Responsible Breeder
– They’re Very Sensitive
– They Love Unusual Scents
– Their Nocturnal Schedule should be Respected
Hedgehog has four to six years of normal life span, which is not the case with pet hedgehogs because they can live up to ten years.
Since they are nocturnal, they are recommended for people who are home in the evenings and at night, but they may not be a suitable pet for small children. The children can be overzealous with their affection, which can cause a hedgehog to become afraid and extend his quills and that could lead to injury of a child or pet.
Care for Hedgehog
A hedgehog needs the proper habitat and correct food to live a long, happy, and healthy life. All living conditions should be set up before bringing him home.
It should live alone because it is a solitary animal. The minimum size of the cage should be at least 4 feet long and 2 feet wide, but a bigger cage is the best option. Due to his active manner, he will require a large cage even though he is small. He is, also an animal that wants to explore and run around, so he needs time outside of his cage.
Bedding – a good choice is to be made from recycled paper or pulp.
He needs a hidden area where he can go to feel safe and secure. A variety of toys and decor can keep him entertained, which can be seen on the photos of tiny adorable hedgehog called Azuki.
These photos were shared on Instagram and have become very popular on social media and are now Internet sensations.
The photos illustrate the everyday situations of Azuki, who appears in Photoshop while dressing in sports equipment, and how he uses his small camping equipment.
Azuki attracted his followers as he cooks, enjoys relaxed, and even manages the canoe. You can follow all pictures of Azuki and his adventures on his Instagram account
Kind of Food for Hedgehog
– A dry hedgehog food or cat food that is high in protein (made from meat or chicken)
– Canned cat or dog food – moist food
– Fruits and vegetables (beans, corn, peas, apples, and carrots in small amounts).
– Various treats (insects like mealworms and crickets, cooked food like hamburger, chicken, eggs, and moist dog or cat treats).