*You will have to provide a high quality food and pay attention to special dietary needs.
*You will need to clean their habitats daily with complete scrubbing done weekly. Not all hedgehogs will litter train perfectly.
*Hedgehogs need to stay warm – 72 to 75 degree environmental temperature is required.
*You will get poked. Even the best hedgehogs have off days.
*You will need to trim the hedgehog’s toenails even if they don’t want you to.
*The hedgehog may self-anoint (spread spit on their self).
*A hedgehog who is not friendly to begin with will require a lot of patience and respect to re-socialize.
*The hedgehog will be happier with an exercise wheel and a place to hide.
*If you do not handle the hedgehog frequently, they may not stay as friendly.
*A hedgehog may bite, though it is unlikely. Anything with teeth can bite.
*Not all veterinarians are familiar with hedgehogs, so it may be difficult or expensive to secure good veterinary care.
*Hedgehogs often do not prefer the company of other hedgehogs.
*Your hedgehog may never seek you out for companionship. Some hedgies do, but some do not.
*The hedgehog may like you better than other people. Some hedgehogs adjust well to change, while others prefer the familiar.
*Your hedgehog will prefer to be awake at night. They can make a lot of noise as they eat, drink and explore. Hedgehogs are largely nocturnal.
*If your hedgehog is a baby, it will go through a phase called “quilling,” where a baby hedgehog is grumpy and loses baby quills.
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