Hey! I want to tell that I’m glad that you ask nicely instead of attacking :) I agree with you that wild hedgehogs, like the European hedgehog, should live in the wild. They are not pets, and they probably won’t be happy if they don’t live in the wild. However, African pygmy hedgehogs (Kiwi’s species) are not wild animals. They don’t exist in the wild, they are a domesticated species. They are not wild animals, they are actually pets. They probably wouldn’t survive in the wild, and definitely not in places that are not around 25°C all year round. I don’t think it is mean to keep a hedgehog, as long as they are cared for properly of course. I can’t speak for others, but I also think that Kiwi actually is happy being my/a pet. She loves to cuddle, she feels safe around me, and she is cared for properly. I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t want to live in the wild. I hope this explains my stand on it, and I hope you understand it better now :)
Hey everyone! I decided to answer your questions all at once, because they are basically the same :) First of all, thanks for your kind words! That’s very nice of you. I saw that you all want to buy a hedgehog. Please do a lot of research before you get one. Hedgehogs need special care, and hedgehogs are just not a suitable pet for everyone. You can start by reading my care info page, and doing some additional research yourself. Don’t impulsively buy a hedgehog! To answer your questions: I got Kiwi from a breeder in the Netherlands, where I live, you can find two lists of breeders on my useful links page, and hedgehogs can be quite expensive. I believe a hedgehog costs about $150-$250 in the USA, and you also need a lot of supplies that can be expensive too.
I hope this helps you! ^-^
Kiwi tried to escape from the footbath… but it was quite a lousy attempt :)
Heating mats are okay for additional heat, but as the only heat source it is not recommended. Hedgehogs need the air to be warm, not just the bottom of the cage. I understand that some heating pads may be safe, but not all of them are. They can easily become too hot, which can be dangerous for the hedgehog. There is nothing wrong with heating mats if you use a safe one with regulated temperature as an additional heating source, but I personally don’t want to recommend them to other people as an only heating source (if it isn’t regulated especially). I hope you can understand my opinion :)
So, this was the little hedgehog that stirred up a mountain of trouble for me yesterday. Seven week old Sumi not only has a biting habit (that REALLY needs broken), but he’s also a mountain climber and an escape artist! This guy’s proving to be a handful, LMAO
He’s very cute!
You can use a fan in the hedgehogs room if it gets too hot, as long as it doesn’t point directly at the cage. You can also give your hedgehog a ceramic tile to lay on to cool down. Personally, I just try to keep my room as cool as possible. If Kiwi’s cage gets too cold for her, her heating lamp turns on automatically, but so far my room doesn’t even get cool enough for that (it’s the attic, all the heat goes up there). When my room gets too hot for Kiwi, I move her too a different room where it is cooler. If it gets really too hot for your hedgehog, you can also put a pack of ice on top of the cage, because the cold air will sink down. You just need to keep a close eye on the temperature in the cage. I hope this helps!
I’m very glad you found him, and I’m very glad I could help you, because it must have been very scary! I hope you and Sumi have a great time together too :)
Aww that’s so cute! Sounds like she loves to cuddle with you :)