Do they hurt to hold?
They are sharp! Babies are sharper than adults, due to where they are in the quilling process. You get used to the quills over time, and the more comfortable they get with you, the easier they will be to hold. When relaxed, their spines are no worse then stroking a hairbrush.
What do they eat?
Most people feed theirs a high-protein cat or kitten food. You want the food you choose to be a chicken or turkey formula, have at least 20% protein, and have real ingredients (not a ton of byproducts). We use a mixture of Blue Wilderness adult cat chicken formula and Authority grain free adult chicken formula. You can choose what to feed your hedgie, but be sure to ease them into it by starting them out with yours and ours mixed.
Can I use the "hedgehog food" at the pet store?
Most "hedgehog foods" you will see online and in stores are nothing more than reformulated guinea pig food, and some have ingredients that could be toxic to them. Some are acceptable for hogs (such as Sunseed Vita Hedgehog Formula) but should still be mixed with a high protein cat or kitten food as they are not sufficient on their own.
What is in your starter set ups?
For an additional $50, we supply you with a 105 qt plastic storage container (which is the perfect cage for them), a lid with drilled airholes, a 8.5 inch running wheel, a plastic igloo to hide in, tip-proof food and water dishes, a water bottle that hangs on the side of the cage, fleece to hide under, some bedding, a bag of food, a puppy pad for litter training, and a ball to play with.
Why do you use storage totes for Hedgehogs?
Hedgehogs can't have cages with levels (they have no depth perception), cages with wire bottoms (their feet get stuck), or cages with wire sides (they try to climb and fall, which can cause broken legs). You want a solid sided cage. Plastic totes tend to be easy to clean, easy to transport, are very affordable, and can be found at almost any store. Aquariums work fine as well but hedgies need room to run so you want it to be a minimum of 20 gallons. C&C cages are also a popular choice right now and you can customize them to whatever size you want.
What about rabbit cages that have plastic sides for a few inches before the wire?
Hedgehogs find a way to climb. They will hop on their igloo or wedge themselves between the wheel & the wall, and get to those wires very quickly. It's a risk we don't like taking so we greatly prefer our hedgies to live in a solid sided cage.
What supplies should I buy if I want to make my own set-up?
If you want to make your own set up, we suggest waiting until after you come here and get your baby because almost everyone who comes here with a cage already set up has the wrong supplies and has to re-do it. For the cage itself, you should use a plastic tote, C&C, or aquarium. Wheels are important but the only wheels that are totally safe for hedgies are the Super Pet Comfort Wheel (size large for babies, size giant for adults), the Flying Saucer exercise disk (12 inch), and the Carolina Storm wheel. You want something for them to sleep & burrow in. (Plastic igloos are popular, as are the sleeping bags we sell here, but anything works - even a cardboard box or plastic cup!) Dishes should be tip-proof. Hedgies can use bottles or dishes for water, we use the water bottles that hang off the side of the cage.
What's the best temperature for them?
You want your hedgehog's cage to be 70 degrees or up at ALL times. If it gets colder than that, your hedgehog could go into hibernation which can be fatal. Have a thermometer on the cage if your house is often under 70 degrees. You can use a heating pad (under the cage, and on a low setting), a ceramic heater (just don't let it get close enough to the cage to melt it), or a Snuggle Safe microwavable heater. We don't recommend heat lamps.
What should I use as bedding?
We use kiln dried pine. Aspen is another safe wood. Any wood bedding you get should say "kiln-dried" - that's how you know it's been sanitized. Paper based beddings are great too. Carefresh, paper crinkles, and shredded newspapers are all safe. If litter training, we recommend using cut-up unscented puppy pads. If you ever get your hog perfectly litter trained, you can just use a fleece liner instead of bedding.
Can you keep two in one cage?
You can attempt to house 2 of the same sex in the same cage, but it isn't necessary as hedgehogs are solitary animals that don't crave interaction with other hedgehogs. If you were trying to house two together, it's recommended you raise them together from babies. You can try to introduce an older hedgie to a new one, but do so slowly and in a neutral environment. 2 females generally get along better than 2 males.
Do they smell?
Not if you keep up with the cage. Their bodies have no smell, and they do not spray and have scent glands like other pocket pets. Unlike rabbits or guinea pigs, their urine has no smell and they do not soak the cage. They do, however, lack the easy-to-clean pellet poop of most rodents due to their meat-rich diets. You spot clean the cage like a cat's litter box. If you take just a minute or two every day to pull out wet areas and poops with a paper towel or litter scoop, smell will never be a problem. This is even easier if you litter-train your hoglet, which is surprisingly easy!
Do you have a waiting list?
No, unlike most breeders we are usually able to set up appointments immediately with no wait! If we happen to be in between litters, you shouldn't have to wait any longer than a week or so. We rarely run out of babies (usually only around the holidays), but if we do run out and your wait is longer than usual, your price will be reduced.
How much do you charge?
$300. We charge $250 if you have had to wait longer than usual. Babies with less desirable temperaments will be discounted and only homed to experienced, dedicated owners. Occasionally we also have adults available for very low prices.
How does the adoption process work?
When you are here, you can handle all the available babies until you pick which one you want to bring home. We will educate you on hedgehog care and answer all your questions. We provide your temporary permit, a care packet, and a bag of our food.