Taking Care of Your Hedgehog

There is nothing more relaxing or uplifting than coming home a long day and hearing the excited noises your pet makes because they missed you and need attention. You can find that relationship with any pet. It does not necessarily have to be just a cat or a dog.

All animals have feelings, are receptive of their owner’s feelings and also want to express their feelings as well. So, if you have a hedgehog, you are probably familiar of their excited squeaking and purring as well. Of course pets aren’t just there for our amusement, they also need to be taken care of properly.

  • The first thing you need to be careful of is your hedgehog’s diet. Make sure they are getting the right nutrients they need, and at the same time, make sure they don’t over eat. They are technically “hogs” so they will overeat if there is plenty of food in front of them. Obesity can lead to various health problems and can reduce your pet’s lifespan significantly.
  • Make sure they are kept clean and learn the proper way to bathe them keep them free from buildup of dirt or anything else.
  • Watch out for any signs of illness. Hedgehogs are a lot louder when they are in pain or sick. In other cases they can also become very quiet, not responding to you, curling into a ball, reduced activity, not eating enough, having issues passing stool etc. So, if you notice any such signs, you should take them to the vet immediately.
  • Get a hedgehog travel cage for them because you should not hold a sick hedgehog, they are not only carriers of disease at the time, and they can also accidentally end up hurting you without meaning to, so it is better to be safe.