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How to have a happy hedgehogHedgehogs are a unique pet that has unique needs. You can keep your hedgie happy and healthy by ensuring they have the following things: Fresh water and food daily A clean and spacious cage A warm, temperature-controlled environment - between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. Never let your hedgehog's environment get colder than 73 degrees, or they can go into hibernation which can lead to death. A safe place to hide and sleep during the day Daily exercise outside the cage The occasional healthy treat! Tunnels and Toys to explore and play with Unconditional love and cuddles!
What do hedgehogs eat?We recommend Hedgehog Precision as the best food you can buy for your hedgehog! *We are not affiliated with them or sponsored in any way.* In the wild, hedgehogs get most of their food from insects. Pet African Pygmy Hedgehogs thrive on a combination of meat-based wet dog or cat foods, or dry cat/kitten food, as these are high in the protein that they need. The average adult healthy hedgehog's food should look like this: The protein content should be greater than 20%. The fat content should be between 5% and 15%. The fiber content should be around 15%. Do not ever feed your hedgehog pizza, like in the cute and silly GIF below! Other toxic foods you should never feed a hedgehog are: Milk Avocado Bread Raw meat Citrus fruit Raisins Onion Grapes Nuts & seeds Chocolate Junk food Raw egg yolk Spicy food Grapes Avocados
How long do hedgehogs live?Sadly these little guys do not have as long of a life span as a dog or a cat. Most hedgehogs live between 3 - 6 years, though some have lived longer! They are very prone to cancers, dental issues, internal and external parasites, ringworm, pneumonia, gastrointestinal disease, and obesity. It is crucial you establish a relationship with a local exotic veterinarian who has experience with hedgehogs. Getting your hedgehog used to being handled will help make future vet visits go smoothly. These sweet little creatures tend to hide their illnesses, so when in doubt, take them to the clinic to get checked out! If you need to find a hedgehog-approved veterinarian in your area, please reach out to us for recommendations. With a good diet, lots of exercise and out-of-cage play time, you are giving your hedgehog the best chance at living to a quilly old age! Here's to many birthdays ahead for your special friend!
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