This happens sometimes with young hedgehogs, because they have to get used to their new surrounding and they don’t have full control over their bladder/bowel movements yet. With some time it will most likely stop. However, if it happens with an adult hedgehog that you didn’t recently adopt, it is possible that (s)he is ill. I hope this helps you!
(Picture by Kyra! I really like how this picture turned out after I edited it. Kiwi is so pretty and Kyra did such a great job! ^-^)
I don’t really mind, there isn’t really a big difference. Gender isn’t important, as long as they have a personality that suits you I think. All hedgehogs are cute! :) (However, some people may not like male hedgehogs because they masturbate). Thanks for your kind words!
Yes, that’s very common. Kiwi often freezes instead of running away to hide. She thinks no one can see her that way! Once she realizes it is me, everything is fine again though :)
Hi! If you don’t know your hedgehogs gender, you can look at his/her stomach. Male hedgehogs have a big ‘bellybutton’, female hedgehogs don’t. I don’t really know what I can help you with! If you haven’t, you can read my care info page, and my F.A.Q, maybe that’s useful. If you have any specific questions, you can always ask me of course. About the ball: I wouldn’t use them. Most hedgehogs don’t like them, they get scared because they can’t escape (that’s often why they run in it, because they try to get out), their nails get stuck in the slits and ripped out and because they poop while running, the ball starts to smell really bad inside for the hedgehog. If you have a ball smaller than 12”, it can also hurt their back. If she can play in a playpen and has a nice wheel, she doesn’t need it for exercise. I hope this help you, if you have any more question you can always ask!
Thank you very much, that’s very kind of you! Lots of love from me and Kiwi :)
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 :)