Is a Hedgehog the right pet for me?
Hedgies make fantastic pets but are better pets for older children and adults. Hedgies naturally have a very sweet disposition which makes taming them very easy. However, it is important to consider some of the physical attributes of a hedgehog when deciding if one will be the right pet.
Hedgehogs require time and attention to be a good pet. If a hedgehog is ignored or only played with occassionally they will make a poor pet. Hedgehogs, like any pet, are a commitment and should not be passed around home to home when interest runs out!
Hedgehogs have sharp quills and getting poked can be a painful experience which may result in it being dropped and injured. Sharp quills can also be intimidating for a young child and may prevent your hedgie from getting the socialization it needs to be a good pet.
It is a rare occasion for a hedgehog to bite out of fear or aggression. However, they do like to explore their world through their sense of smell and taste and may attempt to “taste” you. A taste test doesn't hurt much but it definitely startles you and may be quite scary for a young child. Being scared of the "tastings" may prevent a young child from providing the hedgehog with the necessary taming and bonding time.
Hedgies MUST be kept at a constant temperature of 75 - 80 degrees to prevent a hibernation attempt that can be fatal.
At Zootown Hedgehogs, we don't have restrictions for who can have a hedgehog as a pet. We feel that parents' who are informed will make the best decisions for choosing their family pet!