Another baby picture of Kiwi, taken by her breeder. I love how big her paws are, and her face is so cute!
This is a picture of Kiwi when she was about 4/5 weeks old, taken by her breeder. Isn’t she adorable?
:$ Thank you, that’s so very sweet! Hugs to you from me and Kiwi dear anon <3
Hey! You’re right that it is very important that a hedgehogs cage is warm enough. They need a temperature of about 73-78F/23-25C to live healthy. You can use a space heater to heat the whole room, for example. But in my opinion, the best option is a ceramic heat emitter (CHE). It is a flat bulb that only produces heat, no light (This is important, because hedgehogs need it to be dark at night). You screw it into a light fixture, preferably a large one, about a diameter of 12”/30cm, so that the heat spreads through the whole cage. Last but definitely not least, you need a thermostat to plug the lamp into. You can put your settings into this thermostat, so it keeps the temperature constant and doesn’t overheat the cage, which can be very dangerous. If the temperature gets to low in the cage, the thermostat notices it and turns on the lamp, until the desired temperature is reached again. I use a CHE setup, and it works amazingly! Please don’t use a heating pad as your only heat source, as it quickly overheats (possibly injuring your hedgehog), and it only heats one spot on the bottom of the cage. Hedgehogs need the air in the whole cage to be warm, not just the bottom of it. It can be used as an additional heating source though, if it’s temperature can be regulated.
I hope this helps you!
Hello Anon! You can check out my F.A.Q. for tips on binding with your hedgehog :) If you take your hedgehog home, (s)he will have to get used to his/her new environment and cage. Don’t handle your hedgie to much on the first day, because the move can be stressful. After that, you can handle your hedgehog for about half an hour a day (or longer), so that they get used to you. I hope this helps, I hope you and your hedgehog will have a great time together!
Hey! Clipping a hedgehogs nails can be difficult. I afraid I’m not of much help: Kiwi lets me clip her nails and doesn’t throw a fit :) You can try to keep the hedgehog close to you with the hand that you hold the clipper with, and use the other hand to hold the paw. If this doesn’t work, you can also try to clip the nails while the hedgehog is in a bath. You can find bathing time tips in my faq.
It’s perfectly fine to pet a hedgehog from front to back! Some hedgehogs really like to get petted. If she (your hedgehog) doesn’t raise her quills, she probably doesn’t mind at all. Just don’t stroke a hedgehog from back to front, they don’t like that, and you could even hurt yourself: the quills are quite sharp at the tips :)
I hope this is useful for you! ^-^
Let’s take a cute picture Kiwi!
…Wait… What are you doing?
Kiwi, I said cute, not terrifying! Oh well…
MY HEDGEHOG LOOKS LIKE A PIG fyi
A beautiful and adorable pig, that is :)