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Please check below for my latest African Pygmy Hedgehogs for sale

Delivery available throughout UK

 

Please remember now the weather is colder it is especially important that you make sure your hedgehogs are kept warm at the ideal temperature and away from any drafts to prevent any hibernation attempts which can be fatal

TAKING DEPOSITS NOW TO RESERVE FROM LITTERS DUE SOON TO LEAVE FEBRUARY

ALSO TAKING DEPSOITS FOR FUTURE PAIRING’S

Unless stated otherwise above I charge £110 brown/ grey/ choc/ cinnacot/ cinnamon/ apricot/ albino, £120 split&pinto face /reverse, £130 blaze & odd eye, £140 dark grey, £150 leucistic, dark eyed white/ snowflake , £160 eather parent Europe lines, £170 both parents Europe lines, £180 blacks. delivery available throughout England , Scotland  and Wales. The price includes  a free complementary starter pack witch includes a care sheet to tell you how to look after your new hedgehog baby, changeover food, the Ultimate African Pygmy Hedgehog Guide eBook and pet carrier to get him/her home safely.

I occasionally have proven adult pygmy hedgehogs breeding age for sale prices vary.

Any funds from hedgehogs rehomed at retirement age 2.5+ years will be donated to pygmy and European hedgehog charities in the uk.

 

I have African Pygmy Hedgehogs for sale from the UK, Germany, Czech republic, Poland and holand lines. In my herd i own and can produce these color and patterns. blacks, leucistic, double white, reverse baby pintos, split faces, dew, high whites, pinto faced, blaze faced, panda eyes, odd ears, odd eyes, grey, dark grey, cinnamon, cinnicot, brown, chocolate, grey, champagne, pintos, snowflake, heavy snoflake, apricot and albino hoglets.

If reserving for a litter today not yet born I can not guarantee the colour or sex of the babies and you will be charged £99 regardless of pattern your deposit will only be refunded due to unforeseen circumstances with your Pygmy Hedgehog. I am happy to take specific requests such as dark or light hedgehogs, no red eyed hog or sex.

Please Contact Me For details on Pygmy Hedgehogs for sale available now or future baby hedgehogs for sale at pygmyhedgehogforsale@yahoo.com directly or USING THIS CONTACT FORM.

I can also be contacted on: 07540755822

Worth the wait

Due to African Pygmy Hedgehogs being in such high demand I can reserve you one today with a £49 none refundable deposit (due to others in the past letting me down) towards the price of your baby hedgehog. If you wish to pay in full on reserving £10 will be taken of the final price shown above. You will get priority over anyone who has not put a deposit down. I will provide Regular updates via email/text on the progress of your new addition. Your deposit will be taken off the final price with the remaining paid prior to delivery / collection.

All Pygmy Hedgehog Parents are pedigree registered

I offer healthy Pygmy Hedgehogs. My hogs are handled regularly. My hoglet’s are fed on the best quality food. sexed along with coloured prediction as soon as can be. In a step towards litter training they will have been introduced to litter trays. You can view your hoglet if you wish once old enough. I’m happy to answer as many questions as you may have, and will advise you on what you would need if you are new. Once separated from mum I will make sure they are fully weaned, healthy, eating and going to the toilet before leaving for their new homes. My babies are used to other pets. They rely on scent and sound so do require time to get used to anyone new. to speed this up leave cloth you’ve had in your pocket in with them while they sleep. I will provide Regular updates via email /txt on the progress of your new addition.

 

I am happy to provide a pygmy hedgehog for sale for anyone who wants to collect from Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland. I can provide the details for a animal , reptile courier for anyone accross the UK, wales, up to Inverness Scotland. For more than one hedgehog the price for delivery will increase. So if you are looking to buy a pygmy hedgehog in Newcastle or Sunderland, Durham or Middlesbrough, Edinburgh or Glasgow and Hawick or Carlisle or even as far as Yorkshire and Fife or Ayr and further a field I can supply. please specify you will require delivery on reserving and to where so I can forward you the relevant courier details.

 

Thanks for checking out my African Pygmy Hedgehog for sale page and I hope hear from you soon.

Delivery

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I am happy to find pygmy hedgehogs for anyone who wants to collect from Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland. Although im based in Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland im happy to find hedgehogs for anyone accross the uk, up to inverness scotland, wales. They will be delivered using animal couriers , reptile couriers.  Possible price increase if more than 1 hedgehog (please specify to where on contacting). See below for prices but please phone them beforehand to double check. (I will not take responsibility for any price changes the below are given as a guide).

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I have used these animal and reptile couriers before which provided a great service. If you are interested in a hedgehog they can deliver to you anywhere in the UK, Scotland up to inverness, andWales.

let me now before reserving where about your will require delivery to. 

Any responsibility after leaving my care regarding travel falls with them. I will make sure all animals leave in grate health.

How it all works….

1- Let me know before placing your deposit for reservation of a hog which service you require

2- I will require the remaining hedgehog and delivery payment the 1st of the month your hog is due to leave

3- I will book your hedgehog as soon as the courier releases its dates closest to the hedgehogs leave date.

5- I will inform you when your hog has left

6- If you could let me now once arrived also.

.A START date is given roughly 7 days in advanced this is NOT a guaranteed date they WILL be collect or deliver.
The cost will depend on area please check map and phone them for price

Exact dates and transit times will be given when booking is closed usually a few days before the run starts. when they have planed the rout they will advise each party directly via phone or text when the collection and delivery day and times will be.

They work from 7am to 10pm

The vans are heated.
They hold the relevant cover

 

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As reptile couriers we aim to take the stress out of buying selling and transporting your cold blooded animals, with a fully thermostatically controlled and monitored vehicle with back up batteries and cooling fans in summer. With total commitment to the health and welfare of your animals we aim for a maximum transport time per animal 48 hrs….with 70% being delivered within 6hrs and the animals being cared for as if they were are own!!
every fortnight uk mainland, Scotland every other month

We operate runs south of Newcastle every 2 weeks and have a Scotland run every 9 weeks which also includes all U.K.

 

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Testimonials

250 Testimonials

Throughout my time being a hobby breeder of African Pygmy Hedgehogs I am proud to say that I have have many happy customers. Please see below to view just some of on my many testimonials.

 

 

 

laura Bristol

“ Just an update lucky is ok and doing very well she likes her little house and doing well eating and drinking fine going to the bathroom fine she is doing very well. many thanks for a lovely hedgehog. laura Bristol”

iris deiss Hawick

“ Little George scratching his box all the way to Hawick, put him in his new house with some of his bedding. He is just super nosey, took him out 4 times and he never hissed at me once, just climbing on me 😊 Thank you soo much again, he is just perfect!!! And it was lovely meeting you!!! Hawick iris deiss”

Sherri coleman Peterborough

“my hedgehogs are very rewarding because they're very tame and they're very loving and very friendly and I would recommend Emma to anybody because she's great and you don't have to do with getting the hedgehogs to you it's a stressfree and you can tell Emma to work really hard because they're so tame and friendly and the hedgehog love too with us and if anyone said that wanted hedgehog I pass on Emma info Sherri coleman Peterborough ”

Maggs Chambers Bristol

“Thankyou emma for registry of willow! Lovely to see that! I showed my partner he smiled 🙂 cant wait for her arrival on thursday were really excited! Shes going to fit in just perfect! 🙂 thankyou so much!!! You have been anazing!!! Maggs Chambers Bristol ”

Louise Rhucroft Middlesbrough

“Hi Emma! Hope it's ok to email you! I thought I would send you an update on little Edith! She's doing wonderful and is so friendly! 💚💚 I don't know what I did before I had her to snuggle with. She is ridiculously clean and doesn't even poop on her wheel! She hangs over the side for a poop! Such a lady. Louise Rhucroft Middlesbrough”

Ben Measures Oakham

“Hogley has arrived safe and well, I handled him for around 10 minutes after he arrived and then put him into his new home.. Do you have any tips at all on how to make him feel more comfortable when I'm handling him as he was quite defensive hissing He is a absolutely lovely hog thank you Ben Measures Oakham UPDATE Hi Emma Hogley is doing great and I am now handling him with no fleece and he no longer hisses or spikes at me which is great!! ”

Dee Wenn Dorset

“Won't keep pestering you. Just wanted to say Betty's well settled, eating, drinking and pooing. Loves to play in get wheel. She's got a fleece tunnel that she's running through. Slept in her pouch today. She's had cuddles learning my scent and my voice. Love her little face! Thank you so much. Please do email any time for a picture and an update. She's amazing! Can't thank you enough Dee Wenn Dorset ”

Lauren Jackson kent

“Hiya he just arrived! Doing great he's so friendly and has eaten and drank and explored already! Lauren Jackson kent ”

Amy Robson Northumberland

“Hi Emma, Little man is doing fine. He's developing a funny character. He still doesn't huff or put his quills up but he's like a grumpy old man, he hisses at me and mam all the time but loves my brother. He lets me kiss his face and stroke his chin though and he'll cuddle with me for a little bit, he just likes being grumpy with me I guess, silly thing. I just have to laugh at him, so quirky and so different to Piglet! Definitely think he's a roamer but still more lazy about it than Piglet. He's nearly the size of Piglet now he's growing so quick Amy Robson Northumberland ”

Amy Robson, Northumberland

“Piglet was a surprise for my 21st Birthday from my little brother. I had researched African pygmy hedgehogs for going on three years and had loved hedgehogs even longer! I was just waiting to finish university before committing. Emma was a star from the onset. My mum found her online, looked at her website and established contact on behalf of my brother. My mum used to breed dogs so told me she knew Emma was a good and caring breeder from the questions she asked over the phone – a sign she actually cared where her hoglets would be going. Emma was very patient and understanding that my mum had only done very basic research on hedgehogs so couldn’t answer all the questions well. Mum reassured her I was more researched. Emma was so helpful and went out of her way to help with the surprise and even suggested ways of presenting the big reveal. Emma didn’t have any litters available as my birthday is so close to Christmas but mum put a deposit down for a future litter knowing we’d be more than happy to wait. Luck had it, a litter was born in November. Emma sent mum pictures and updates every week right up until pick up. On my birthday I was surprised with the news and texted Emma straight away. She was so friendly and a visit was quickly arranged as we only live about an hour away. I can’t stress how friendly, helpful and patient Emma was right through from the ordeal with the surprise to my incessant emails with questions. Emma warned us that Piglet was a right character and one of her more adventurous hoglets. This hasn’t changed. I’d prepared myself for the huffs and pops I’d learned was normal behavior through my research. We’ve never had any major issues of that with Piglet. Compared to other hogs I know of, I consider Piglet one of the sweetest and friendliest with one of the biggest characters and a lot of that is down to the care and handling Emma gave her. The only time Piglet has ever huffed at me was if I wake her up, startle her or don’t do what she wants when she wants it…like move her bed. This is all to be expected. Piglet has been just so brave, not scared of human or animal contact and we’ve bonded so easily she’s so loving. We'd 100% recommend, and I'm sure we'll be going back to Emma in the future. Lovely, friendly hoglets, an informative care pack and pedigree registration on request. Thanks again Emma, you’ve been really amazing!! – Amy Robson, Northumberland”

Yvonne Hodson shropshire

“I purchased my male split face pinto named Samson from Emma. He has become a much loved member of our family is loving and very friendly. Emma was willing to go out of her way to meet us half way when i collected him, and kept me up to date with his progress for several weeks before he came home. She also kept in touch after to see how he was getting on. I would recommend her to my friends. Yours Yvonne Hodson”

Danielle Hewer Wiltshire

“Thank you so much for everything! Honestly I was nervous when making such a large purchase over the Internet especially when I was buying with my heart and not so much my head. Emma was ever so good to me, gave me 2 options for payment to help ease my mind and told me everything I needed to know upfront to help me make an informed decision. All the way through the different stages I was kept informed of all my little lads progressions. Updates on him were top notch! I was so excited for when I'd recieve my next email! He's been with us for just over 24hours and he's an absolute pleasure to sit and watch..he's got a wonderful personality and so far seen to have gotten the hang of litter training! I've been waiting for him to settle in before our first proper cuddle so I can't wait until sundown tonight. I cannot recommend this breeder enough, from start to finish emma was so helpful and kind..even with my 20 questions on most replys!”

madeline harkins edinburgh

“I would like to start with thank you so much for my first girl hedgehog I bought from you two years ago they are such fun pets to have and you made it very easy for me to look after and understand what they need in keeping them health in the advice sheet plus if I got stuck I could give you a call. I have now purchased two boys off you and I have to say I love the up dates with the pictures of them and the videos cause they are so cute at that age and you miss all that cause they have to stay with their mothers until they are big enough to leave. Plus I love how you are organised with their birth certificates they are important too . Paying for them is easy and collecting them is easy to plus I like how you have the delivery service if people need it . Thank you so much for my hedgehog children Maddy .....Edinburgh”

alan birch durham

“I cant thank emma enough ive bought 3 hedgehogsoff her and every time shes went out of her way to send new pics vids everyweek without being asked she went out of her way to get family to deliver hog for free whilst passing and arranged with courier for other two i already have others ordered for future as i love hogs and would buy off anyone else highly reccomended”

Jennifer Innes tranent.

“I have bought a couple of hoglets from Emma now. Emma is lovely, a really nice girl and is very experienced with hedgehogs. You can tell she puts a lot of time and effort into caring for her hoglets as both that I have had from her have been extremely tame and perfect pets. She kept me fully updated with my hoglets progress with photos and videos. Highly recommended. Jennifer tranent.”

Barbara D'amiral kent

“Hi I have read the reviews and agree with them all. Emma is so helpful and nothing is too much, love my darling girls. Emma is always there with good advice, giving me confidence. I brought a toddlers paddling pool where the girls play in the evening safe and sound so we can watch them and enjoy.x”

Anthony Hobson - Wales

“Thank you very much for the little baby hog, he is lovely. He is a bit huffy, but had gotten better over what little time we've had him. He is a lazy guy too he sleeps all day and night. Only comes out to poo, he is very good it's always in the litter tray.”

James Mcintosh

“We had are one yesterday he is amazing! Was worth every penny thank you Emma Jayne im so glad I found your number to enquire and you made it all happen ”

Emma Louise Toase

“The girl I got from you is such a lovely temperament you'd be my first point of call. She's still doing well. Thanks Emma”

Adele byworth York

“i have bought a few hedgehogs from Emma and i can honestly say Emma's hedgehogs have been the most friendliest babies I've had. They are friendly, beautiful and Emma is always so informative and always provides me with fab care. I highly recommend her to anyone wanting a hedgehog and i will most definatley be getting more from Emma! She's extremely reasonable and always friendly and helpful smile emoticon”

Arran Newcastle

“Surprise for my wife's birthday. Emma orderd whole set up to get deliverd with the hedgehog. Thank you. Your help is very much appreciated. ”

Fayona Campbell aberdeenshire

“Thank you so much for my hog!!! I adore her, yesterday I just let her settle in il tell u how she gets on today, thanks for all your help”

Sara Butland

“Hey Emma Hedgehog update. Little Maurice is all settled in now and he's still absolutely adorable!! Little guy is now pretty social and doesn't mind have a few visitors 🙂 thank you so much, I love my little guy and everyone now considers him part of the family. Take care Sara”

Jane.Y Oxfordshire

“Dear Emma Many thanks for your help and information. Thank you kindly for the ebook. It is very helpful and informative. It makes us more reassured of the kind of breeder you are. Best wishes Jane”

kim irving rotherham

“He's such a little character Hun Smiling face with smiling eyes and zoo line was brilliant yesterday when he passed me cookie he checked on his other pets had in back he said he checked on mine like others and he was suprised coz he never balled up he was happy all way....100% feedback for them Hun there brill....he said ur lovely Aswell said he's done a few for u b4.....me and kids are very happy xxx Rotherham”

Talita Bateman - London

“Just a quick email to give you an update. He is doing really well and is so friendly that he's charming everyone. I keep a few reptiles so was worried that he'd smell them and be scarred but he fit right in. Thank you again for an amazing little guy. Thanks T x”

Imogen lawlor London

“Hi Emma, Just to let you know she is still doing well! She is super lovely and curious and doesn’t mind being held by may people at all – her “fan club” all love her and have visited to see her! She seems to be happy. she takes to sleeping anywhere and everywhere except her bed. She eats maybe 1tbsp per day of the purina one light cat food, and I am yet to find something she really likes other than Dreamies duck cat treats (she likes to annoint herself with it 🙂 ), but I will keep going with fruits and veg and cooked meat etc! She is amazing to cuddle, and is so relaxed! I am sure that is due to you taking good care of her, so THANK YOU!”

Gemma Naylor blyth

“Would recommend Emma to anybody. I had been searching for years for a breeder of african pigmy hedgehogs that we close to me. I had no luck, they were all down south then one day i was just looking online and came across her website. I emailed her to ask whether she had any baby hogs available, i was lucky that she did and a few weeks later i got my first hog called Hoglet. You could tell how well bred and handled he was as as soon as she passed him over to me he didnt ball up once. A couple of months after, after having such an amazing experience with hoglet i decided to get another boy and again i was just in luck and again you could tell how well handled he was. He never balled up from when i started to handle him. Both hoglet and elijah are very well natured boys, they had their moments where they were little grumps some times but thats to be expected when they were going through their quilling period but still very well behaved. Both of my boys love their cuddles and come to their cage door to see me on the night time to be let out for cuddles.If anybody is looking for a african pigmy hedgehog Emma is the person to contact, her hogs are well natured and well looked after and Emma is great, any question even if i thought it was stupid to ask she would answer it no bother and helped me get everything right for my boys coming home and be able to settle as quick as possible. I recieved regular updates by emails and she videoed my two hedgehogs when they were still with her and no matter how many times i kept asking how they are, she always was very nice to me and give me updates. I still look back at the videos and cant believe how tiny they were compared to now but both are still cute as ever and bring me so much enjoyment watching them and interacting with them. I am actually hoping to get a little girl off her in the near future!”

Amanda .n.ireland

“Review for Emma and her Uk African pygmy hedgehogs …I contacted Emma for advice due 2 lack of response in northern Ireland.. from day 1 Emma was polite friendly approachable knowledgeable and extremely caring about hedgehogs.. a true animal lover… I decided quite quickly to get one of Emma’s babies and have not been disappointed from start to finish.. my wee one arrived Tuesday and is beyond all my expectations and litter trained to. I’m totally blown away by Emma and her babies. would I buy another from Emma OH YES with out a doubt x Emma you are a star and so is meal worm monster Milly THANK YOU SO MUCH X”

Dan Armstrong - Hexham

“Thank you Emma for delivering Casper to me as i’m still unable to drive after hurting my back. But after what seems like months, he’s finally here. CJ my kitten has introduced himself they really like each other. Casper has started following him.”

Bobbi

“Thanks again Emma your wonderful at what you do. Lola is doing great and is very easy to handle and care for. I have the same set up as you and she runs through the night. We let her out in her play pen for about half hour at tea time when she runs again. Thank you for the advice. Everyone thinks she is lovely and sometimes a little shocked that we have a hedgehog. My daughter loves her so much and she can’t wait to get in from school to play with her and a massive result as Gary is not allergic to her.”

“I reserved a hedgehog before mum had even given birth and was thrilled by the service I received from Emma. I was updated regularly with personalised emails with plenty of pics of my little hog as he grew and was informed his sex and suspected colour outcome earlier than expected. I was able to pick his name to go onto his certificate and birth certificate which made it really personal. He arrived with a plentiful supply of food and information as well as his registration along with many little other extras, all as promised. He was incredibly tame and not at all shy. He has since grown into a lovely sociable little hog. An amazing service run by a lovely knowledgeable lady who is true to her word. Thanks so much Emma.”

Lydia - Edinburgh

“Hey Emma I thought I would send you a update. Prim is getting on grate. She is happy and loves to swim, she is becoming really time and loves to play with me and I can come in and she will be ready to play. She is a lovely hedgie thank you.”

Clair

“Hi Emma Lola has settled in brilliantly she's had a lil bit to eat & a drink she's been asleep most ov the time av interrupted her 3 time to show kids and she was fine , Thank you so much Clair ”

Louisa

“Hi Emma, Just an update on my little hoglet. I think I’m going to call her Tibby…not totally decided, but probably. She’s well and (I think) pretty happy. Settled in and sleeping a lot. I’ve discovered a fondness for strawberries. I can tell she’s already used to being handled, as she doesn’t take long to calm down when I pick her up. She’s currently asleep in an old T-shirt on my lap while watch some tellie. Thanks again for all of your updates and for such a great little hedgehog!”

Recommended Products

Wheels For Hedgehogs

 

A Pygmy hedgehog needs plenty of exercise so a large wheel is a definite. The best are anything larger than 9″. I would recommend the giant 12″ rolly wheel for chinchillers and rats as this one also fits well in the zoozone 2 where some others do not to CLICK HERE to view some of these wheels.

There is also the African Pygmy Hedgehog Bucket and Tub Wheels

The Hogwheel is dedicated to providing high quality well designed exercise wheels for your African Pygmy Hedgehog. Safe, silent, durable and easy to clean £22.50 + additional £5 delivery
But If you want to keep an eye on how far your ‘hog is running, you can either install an odometer on your wheel, or buy an odometer wheel all set up and ready to roll.

The Hogwheels odometer wheel comes ready calibrated and set up so as soon as you give it to your hog, it’s ready to go £30 + additional £5 deliverywheels

The odometer wheel offers the following:

• – Current speed

• – Odometer (total distance)

• – Trip distance

• – 12 Hour clock

HogWheels are available in a range of rainbow colours including blue, purple, red, yellow, green, black and pink. You may view these wheels by CLICKING HERE


 

Pygmy Hedgehog Toys

 

In addition to a wheel pygmy hedgehogs need toys so balls with no fluff that they can push around their cage and tunnels to prevent boredom. Small toys for cats or ferrets containing bells are especially good. Below are some great examples.

 

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Substrate

 

Cloth liners, carpet fabrics is good for your pygmy hedgehog cage base.To check out my recommended pet blanket CLICK HERE

 

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Bedding

 

Sleeping bags / sacks are perfect for people who have their cage in a draft free area to help keep their hedgehog warm. I would also recommend the carefresh animal bedding as additional or alternative bedding, click the links below for more details.

 

bedding

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Litter

 

For the litter tray none clumping / low dust and non scented litters should be used. I would recommend wood based litters. As they do not bother, stick or eat this. Also use low litter trays or with open front for easy hedgehog access and once with no top. Place the litter tray under or as near to the wheel as possible as this is where they will most likely do most of their toilet business. Click the links below to learn more.

 

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Heating

 

I don’t recommend using any lights and personally I don’t use any additional heat sauce but if you are these are two products other hedgehog owners who have brought from me have used. Snuggle Safe & Sound Microwave Heatpad and the Petnap Electric heat pad mat. Click the links below to see them.

 

Hedgehog-heating

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Pygmy Hedgehog Cages

 

Pygmy Hedgehog cages should be out of direct sunlight and drafts. Many cages are used to house pygmy hedgehogs from wooden vivariums to indoor rabbit cages. Anything made of wood would need extra ventilation otherwise can lead to overheating and glass should really be avoided as are too warm and have a lack of air circulation. The best cages are cages like the zoo zone which is my recommended cage which has no outer grill which some hedgehogs have managed to climb and get their feet stuck. It must be of reasonable size 3ft by 18″ would be plenty to accommodate the wheel, bed and toys. Also don’t get cages with more than 1 level they may fall and injure themselves. See below for my recommendations.

pygmy hedgehog cages

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Bowl

 

Fresh water should always be available to the hoglets. My pygmy hedgehogs drink and eat from small single ceramic bowls as these are easier to clean and less likely to get knocked over like plastic bowls but some people choose to use twin bowls which are hard to clean just one specific side at a time. See below for my choices.

 

hedgehog-bowls

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Hedgehog Run

 

I recommend the Trixie Indoor Run, 48 × 25 cm, 6 Elements click the link below for details.

 

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Pygmy Hedgehog Food

 

Good quality dry cat food which is high in protein and also has the advantage of allowing Pygmy hedgehog to exercise his or her teeth thus preventing dental problems. But also our pet needs soft versions of cat food. Insects are very important to hedgehog diet to. However they should be offered as a treat as they are very nutritious.

As addition hedgehogs like:
VEG – Cooked or fresh, Sweetcorn, Peppers (all colours, mild), Tomato, Cucumber, Peas, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Mashed potato (cooked only), Carrot, Spinach, Iceberg salad

FRUIT – Strawberry, Watermelon, Banana, Apple, Pear, Mango, Apricot, Peach, Nectarine, Melon, Pineapple. See below foe my recommendations.

 

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Bathing Your Pygmy hedgehogs

 

Generally hedgehogs are clean animals and do not require baths often, however every now and again they do get a little messy and need your help. You will know your hedgehog is ready for a bath when it looks dirty, has dry skin, “poopy boots” (dirty feet from, well, you know!), or anointed spots of dried “stuff”.

It is important to limit the number of baths you give your hedgehog as they have dry skin, and excessive bathing can dry their skin out even more. Never leave your hedgehog alone in the bath, they may drown.

Never use tea tree oil products it is toxic and will more than likely kill your hog. Keep the water level low and warm not hot. be prepared to change the water a few times. you could use a smooth toothbrush to clean the quills and feet. Make sure you rinse it all out before wrapping him in a towel and drying.

• Preparing the Water
o The temperature of the water should be warm, similar to what is comfortable for a human baby.
o Many water safety devices are on the market for checking
water temperature. This type of product can be found in the infant or bathing section of stores
o We recommend using one to three inches of water in the sink or bathtub. Some hedgehogs like to swim in a little deeper
water and others are more comfortable walking around in more shallow water.

Technique

o It is fairly normal for hedgies to poop, pee, and fidget in a bath until they get used to the idea.
o It is easiest to wash a relaxed hedgie so you may want to give
your hedgehog a little time to get used to the water and relax its spines.
o Lathering a little soap in your hands then rubbing it on your hedgehog tends to be easier than applying the soap directly
to your pet.
o Use a soft bristle brush or an old toothbrush on the hedgehogs spines and feet.
o Avoid getting water in the hedgehog’s eyes, ears, nose and
mouth.
o Rinse all the soap from your hedgehog because soap residue can cause dry skin as well.
o Wrap your hoglet in a dryer warmed towel or warm up a
towel with a hair dryer on a low setting. Keep one hand in the towel with your hedgehog so you can make sure your
hedgehog is not getting too warm. It isn’t a good idea to use
the hair dryer directly on your pet.
o Make sure the hedgehog is completely dry after its bath to prevent chilling.

Hedgehogs have nails similar to humans. Their nail is relatively clear and they have a quick at the end. Some hedgehogs will require their nails trimmed more frequently than others (every couple weeks) but some hedgehogs wear their nails down during their play. Nails that are too long on the front feet can curl under and damage and deform the foot, inhibit normal walking, or increase the risk of infection. The nails on the back feet seldom curl under but if they are too long they can make walking difficult.

• Techniques
o After a bath is usually the easiest time to trim nails because the nails are softer and the hedgehog is more relaxed.
o One method is to hold the hedgehog in your hands, grab a
paw and let someone else trim the nail. This can be done in the water or while being held immediately after the bath.
o Be careful not to twist the leg or over extend it. A firm grasp is good but pulling and tugging could be dangerous.

Cutting the nail too far into the quick or nail bed it will cause it to bleed but it will not cause permanent damage. See below for my recommendations.

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African Pygmy Hedgehog FAQ

 

Welcome to the world of the pet African Pygmy Hedgehog! So, you’ve been thinking of getting a hedgehog. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

Will my baby hog be the same colour as the parents?

There is no guarantee babies will look like their parents at all. Hedgehog colours actually include a range colour combinations. This means even when similar looking parents breed the baby can end up with a very different combination of traits. Hedgehogs also carry recessive genes for other colours that they can pass to their offspring.

is the temperament of the parents indicative to what the hedgehog babies are like?

Breeders tend to look at both potential parents to have wonderful personalities to breed from their young but I find that this makes absolutely no difference to the way they parent or their overall personality.

Is their anywhere hedgehogs can go like a cat cattery or dog kennel when we go on holiday?

Yes there are hedgehog boarding places which are spread throughout the UK. Most owners fined also that the majority of reptile boarding’s will take hedgehogs. They may require you to provide the wheel and food but that is all.

Should i buy a light or heat pad for the cage?
Anything that plugs in has potential to short out and cause a fire, overheat and cause burns, or fail to work. They could get knocked over cause injuries to. Also, hedgehogs can over-heat in a small aquarium that is not well-ventilated.
If you are going to use a heat source in your cage you must use a thermostat to control the temperature.
They must also maintaining an appropriate ambient room temperature or heating only a portion of the cage so that the hedgehog can move away if it gets too hot.
I don’t use heat mats or heat lights and have no issues. I fined with the standard house heating, using hedgbags and car fresh in the bedding area and placing a blanket over the mesh lid to prevent drafts helps keep my hedgehogs warm enough eliminating all possible risks and hazards mentioned above.

Why do hedgehogs need to be kept warm?
The cage should be kept at 73-78° F (23-25° C) constantly. When they get too cold hedgehogs will attempt hibernation. Captive bred hedgehogs do not know how to hibernate properly which is why hibernation is so dangerous. Make sure your hedgehog does not get cold! Be sure to keep a thermometer in your pygmy hedgehog’s cage to keep an eye on the temperature.

How do I pick up my pygmy hedgehog?

The best way to pick up a pygmy hedgehog is to scoop him/her up with both hands under the belly, like a cradle. If the pygmy hedgehog balls up quickly or already is in a ball, the best way to pick him up would be to use your hand or a blanket to roll him into your hands or the blanket.

My hedgehog hates me. How do I get him to like me?

No hedgehog hates humans. They may be scared, or angry, or have had a bad experience, or even may be quilling. The first thing to do to get a pygmy hedgehog comfortable around you is to put a worn shirt that smells like you in their cage to sleep with (make sure it has no loose strings). If you’ve just gotten your pygmy hedgehog, let it settle into its new home before handling too much. Then, you can start off by placing pygmy hedgehog in a blanket in your lap. Usually quiet, dark rooms will help them relax. You can gradually build up handling time from there. Also, new smells (such as other animals) may frighten your pygmy hedgehog. Make sure you wash your hands before handling, as pygmy hedgehog may not recognize you if you smell like a big scary dog.

WHAT DOES THAT SOUND MEANS:

Soft Purring and Whistling: This is a sign of pure contentment.
Puffing: Displeasure, uncertainty.
Snorting or “Sneezing”: Usually accompanies puffing and means the same thing.
Hissing and Clicking: These are warning sounds of irritation and or fear.
Snuffling: Happily checking things out.
Chirping: Usually done by males while breeding and by nursing babies.
Screaming: Physical pain or fear.
Sounds Heard During Sleep: Snoring, huffing, chirping are all common sounds made while their sleeping”.

Do and why do hedgehog make noises in their sleep?

 

They can do it’s not uncommon but not common either. There is no real answer but I have found it in only in a hand full of hoglets which have just been taken away

from their siblings that do it.

Do hedgehogs cost allot to keep?
No they are very inexpensive. Even more so if their food, bedding &litter is bough in larger quantities rather than small monthly quantities. Most people don’t require extra heating or lighting but if you do this may be a additional cost. Also you should always be aware that any pet might one day need to visit the vets to.

Will the baby hedgehog be the same colour as mum or dad or a mixture of both?
There is no guarantee babies will look like their parents at all. Hedgehog colours actually include a range colour combinations. This means even when similar looking parents breed the baby can end up with a very different combination of traits. Hedgehogs also carry recessive genes for other colours that they can pass to their offspring.

Can pygmy hedgehogs be Litter Trained?
At least, for 80% or so of the hedgehogs out there, litter training can be very effective.
Training is quite basic. First, set up a litter tray with a small lip and Place the wheel in. Also use a different type of litter than bedding.
Your hedgehog will instinctively ‘potty on the run’. Any that comes off the wheel will land in the litter tray, doing most of the training for you. Any ‘mistakes’ made elsewhere in the cage should be picked up and placed in the litter tray. This will cause your hedgehog to quickly realize where he/she is supposed to potty.
While some hedgehogs will remain stubborn and seemingly not care, *most* will start to only potty in the litter tray.

My hedgehog’s nails are getting long, can I clip them?
At some point in your hedgehogs life you may or may not have to clip his/her nails. Because African Pygmy Hedgehogs tend to run with their back feet up at a slight angle this therefore means that their nails don’t file themselves down when they exercise on their wheel. They don’t do this with their front feet so you may not have to touch them!
Nail clipping is easier to do on a hedgehog that is used to being handled. However for the not so sure ones, you may find it easier to clip their nails whilst having a very shallow bath as no hedgehog likes to get its nose wet! Otherwise you can go to the vets if you are not sure.
Use human clippers/scissors as these are a good size. Only clip the tip of the nail to avoid the ‘quick’.

Do hedgehogs smell as much as some other small animals, like ferrets or guinea pigs?

Hedgehogs are naturally clean animals and smell very little. They do not produce a musky odour like ferrets. As long as they are bathed when necessary and have their cages cleaned 1-2 times per week, there is no odour associated with owning a hedgehog.
Why is my hedgehog bald on the top of his head?

The “bald” strip on a hedgehog’s head is called a “reverse mohawk”. It’s there so the quills in front can cross each other when the hedgehog rolls up into a ball.

Are hedgehogs rodents?

No. Hedgehogs are part of the order Erinaceomorpha whereas rodents belong to the order Rodentia.
The main difference when it comes to keeping these animals as pets is that rodents (mice, rats, guinea pigs, etc.) have continuously growing front teeth and they must continuously gnaw to wear their teeth down. This is also true for rabbits. Rodents and rabbits therefore can do damage to items in their cages and any other items (furniture, shoes, electronics wires, etc.) that they get the chance to chew on. Hedgehogs do not chew on anything – except for food, of course.

Are hedgehogs clean and do they require lots of my time?
African Pygmy pet hedgehogs are easy to look after, as long as you have the things they need to keep them happy and healthy. Large enough cage with wheel and toys.
If you get your hog out of his cage on a regular bases handling him and letting him roam around on and around you will make his quills flat and you will be able to pet him without him balling up.
Hedgehogs themselves require very little from their owners. Fresh food and water and regular cage cleaning are the basic requirements. They don’t need to be walked and rarely need bathed. Hedgehogs are quiet by nature, and the most noise they make is their wheeling activity which can be prevented by purchasing a silent wheel and possible bedding rearranging .A regularly maintained cage and hedgehog that is fed a good diet typically does not smell. Most hedgehogs will regularly use a litter pan placed under the wheel.

Are hedgehogs good pets for children?
African pygmy hedgehogs are suitable pets for older children as they need careful handling, so are not really suitable pets for really young children.

Can I take a hedgehog to any vet?
It is worth checking with your local vet as some may not know enough about them. You may need to find a vet that deals in exotic animals.

Do Hedgehogs Have Fleas / Mites?

This is possibly the most common hedgehog question most owners will encounter due to the miss conception that hedgehogs always have fleas. The truth is that hedgehogs in general do not have fleas & the chances of them getting mites is as the same as your pet hamster.

Do hedgehogs bite?

As with any pet with teeth there is always a chance you could get bitten. Hedgehogs do not usually bite, and I have never been bitten by one. It is advisable to wash your hands before handling your hedgehog, as if you have been handling anything they might find yummy, there is a chance they might fancy a taste. Overall I would say it is highly unlikely you would get bitten. Usually if this is going to happen its when they are young.

Like any other young animal puppy, cat etc they do sometimes try it on. You will tend to notice some licking before they bite. Once they lick though it might be cute remove your hog from that position into a new one and keep doing this untill he or she does it no more. It has been known that some hedgehogs bite if they are afraid or even if their hungry.

My hedgehog is losing lots of quills. What does this mean?

Your pygmy hedgehog most likely is quilling or has mites. If you know your pygmy hedgehog is over a year old and it if happening all the time your hog may have mites but this is unlikely but check . A vet can diagnose and treat mites. It could also be because of too many baths as this can cause dry skin and constant quilling or It could be diet.
Wash them in avrnno bath oil rinse and dry but don’t wash it off at it will soak into the skin and help recovery but the issue needs eliminated too? Quilling is perfectly healthy and all pygmy hedgehogs do it. They basically are shedding baby quills and getting adult ones, and is sometimes compared to human baby teething. It occurs at 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and sometimes again at a year. Your pygmy hedgehog will most likely be a bit more temperamental and uncomfortable. You wouldn’t like needles poking through your skin either! A warm oatmeal bath helps, and make sure you are extra gentle.

My pygmy hedgehog is foaming at the mouth and spreading on his/her quills! Does he/she have rabies?

Nope! This is called “self-anointing”. No one knows why they do it, but it has been compared to “anting”, a behaviour done by some birds. When a pygmy hedgehog finds a new smell, or one they just like, they will froth at the mouth, contort themselves, and spread the saliva mix on their quills. Some pygmy hedgehogs do this often, some, never at all. Pygmy hedgehogs especially like to do this with new food and I’ve also seen them do it with new bedding. Be careful if you are feeding strawberries or something similar, you may end up with a pink hedgehog!

I found bloody on the Wheel and Feet

Some morning you will take a look in your hedgehogs cage and find a bloody wheel. Do not panic.

Very often hedgehogs will run so much they injure their feet. This especially happens with young hedgehogs and older hedgehogs who have never had a wheel before. Usually the bleeding area will be between an outer toe and the one next to it. Often there will just be a slight reddening of the area, nothing else.

It is best to give him a foot bath and leave the wheel out for a night to let it heal. Watch his feet closely for signs of infection. This may happen numerous times before his feet toughen up.
My hedgehog Sneezing is he sick?

Often hedgehogs new to a home will be sneezing.
At times the change in environment can cause a bit of sneezing. This is usually random sneezes that go away in a day or two.

Certain beddings can cause allergies as well as nose irritation and sneezing. All loose beddings such as shavings are dusty and depending on the individual hedgehog can cause a reaction.

Often to those unfamiliar with hedgehogs it can be difficult to tell if the hedgehog is truly sneezing or is a normal little snuffling sound. Listening closely and watching the hedgehog will show the difference. Often a hedgehog that is sneezing will also be licking his/her nose frequently. While hedgehogs do lick their noses and some more than others, it should be assumed that a hedgehog that is sneezing and also licking their nose frequently has a runny nose.

Runny noses are not always a concern. but if you see any thick, cloudy or coloured mucous means infection and the hedgehog needs to be treated by a vet ASAP.

The first thing to do if your hedgehog is sneezing is to put him or her on cloth cage liners. A temporary liner can be a pillow case, flannel baby receiving blanket, or T-shirt. Ensure there are no loose threads or raw edges to the fabric. Never use a towel or any loose woven or loopy fabric as the threads can get wrapped around tiny nails.

Once you have something to use as a liner, hand wash it and Either dryer dry or hang inside to dry. Do not hang outside as allergens and pollens can attach to the liners.

My hedgehogs cold to the touch, Lethargy and Wobbling

These symptoms are normally due to your hedgehog becoming too cold. Immediately warm your hedgehog up. Place the hedgehog under your shirt, or in a hedgehbag that have been warmed in a dryer. Once your hedgehog is warm, either increase the temperature in the room and make sure there are no drafts. If your hedgehogs cage is in a draft place a towel, blanket direct over the draft to your hedgehogs cage as this will also help him stay warm.

Is it best to buy a male Or a Female hedgehog?
Personally I have not seen a difference in temperament. So unless you are buying your hedgehog for a specific purpose I would advise that you choose a hedgehog that seems to appeal to you.

Can Hedgehogs Be Kept Outside?
hedgehogs cannot be kept outside, the general rule of thumb is if you are warm enough in a T-shirt then it is warm enough for a hedgehog. It is possible to let hedgehogs out in the summer in an run, however this is only on really hot days & it is important to check the ground for bugs etc first. Hedgehogs should not be left unsupervised & must be provided with Shade & water at all times.

Do Hedgehogs Spines Hurt?

Again if a hedgehog wants to hurt you with their spines they can, however this is rare with a tame well handled hedgehog and if you do get prickled it’s not all that bad

Can I keep Hedgehogs in pairs?
In is not normally possible to keep male hedgehogs in pairs, however females can be kept together each other. Also age plays a big factor, you will stand more chance of getting hedgehogs who are under 6 months to live together. It is important to keep an eye on them to ensure they are still happy with their living arrangements & if necessary provide separate beds or even separate enclosures.

Another point to remember is that if you are planning to breed your hedgehogs it is not advisable to keep them together as when the babys are due you will have to split them up which could cause distress (not advisable for a pregnant hedgehog) & it is probable you will not be able to house them together again after the babys have left the nest

I’m Allergic to cat, dogs, rabbits etc will i have allergies to hedgehog too

Hedgehogs do not produce a lot of ‘dander’ which is what can cause an allergy to an animal. This makes them a suitable alternative to a furry pet for allergy sufferers. However, people could still be allergic to their bedding or food. Hedgehogs themselves are allergic to cedar and many wood oils so these

Do Hedgehogs Get Along with Other Pets?

As with anything else, careful consideration should be given before introducing any new pet into a household of established pets. But when it comes to other household pets, African pygmy hedgehogs have an advantage over other small pets due to their extraordinary defence system!

Often people ask me if a hedgehog will get along with their cat or dog. This will depend a lot on the characteristics of the other pets in the house and your hedgehog. As well, any interaction between your hedgehog and other household pets should be carefully supervised, especially in the beginning. Just use caution and common sense. Don’t leave your hog unattended around other pets and make sure their cage is securely locked when your hedgehog is in it so that your dog or cat cannot get to them.
But generally speaking, African pygmy hedgehogs are pretty well-equipped to defend themselves from other pets and seem to tolerate other pets quite well. Cats typically seem to quickly develop a healthy respect for the quills of a hedgehog, and keep a respectful distance. Dogs, too, are generally quite wary of the hedgehog’s armour. As for other pets, they seem to get along fairly well with hedgehogs as well

Introductions should be made carefully, preferably with you holding the hedgehog.
Overall, hedgehogs are quite amiable and non-aggressive, which combined with their excellent defence mechanism, makes them a fairly agreeable combination with other pets

Can you get pet insurance

Exotic Direct are the only pet Insurers in the UK that will insure pet hedgehogs

Whilst we cannot give any advice on insurance products, we do recommend you think about insuring your African pygmy hedgehog.

What does UKAPH registered mean?

UKAPH means “UK African Pygmy Hedgehog”. UKAPH registered means that all of the hedgehog’s information is on the registry system and is shared with the International Hedgehog Registry. All hedgehogs registered are pedigree. The information may be shared with other owners and breeders to help with any inquiries, health issues and also to prevent cross breeding.

 

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African Pygmy Hedgehog Food

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Good quality dry cat food which is high in protein and also has the advantage of allowing Pygmy hedgehog to exercise his or her teeth preventing dental problems is required. This can be supplemented with vegetables apples and carrots etc / wet meat cat food beef, chicken, lamp, duck etc and cooked meats and live bugs brought from the pet shop (locust, meal or wax worms) can be given but only as a treat once or twice a week

Fresh water should always be available to the hoglets. My pygmy hedgehogs drink from small ceramic bowls as these are easier to clean but can spill so some people choose to use water bottles but I find they find it difficult to use and these can be damaging to the hedgehogs teeth.

Care, Facts and Breeding

African pygmy hedgehogs are best kept at around 70-75 degrees. If the temperature is lower than this they may attempt to hibernate. This is not allowed in captivity. It is not necessary or recommended to use light bulbs to heat the cage as these could burn your hedgehog. If you keep your house at a temperature that you are happy to sit in, it will more than likely be enough for your pygmy hedgehog too.

I don’t use heat pads. If they spend too long on them they can burn themselves or over heat. A pygmy hedgehog attempting hibernating needs warming up immediately. The best way to do this is to wrap him in something cosy like a pet sleeping bag, towel and put him in a warm room. Hopefully he will start to respond within the hour failing this seek a vet. Never put pygmy hedgehogs in water to warm up.
They require 10-12 hour of light a day this should not be through direct sunlight it can just be through turning on the lights or opening the curtain to let the light in.

Pygmy hedgehogs salivate and spread the saliva over their back this is called self-anointing. certain smells start them off. There’s no answer to why they do this but it is nothing to be concerned about. It can be quite startling when 1st time owners see this.

Qilling is when a pygmy hedgehog losses its baby quills and grows adult quills between 8to12 weeks. You will now this is taking place when you find quills all over the place. Quilling can be joint with teething so your pygmy hedgehog will be a bit grumpy during this time. Quilling can be itchy so a nice warm bath may be helpful to south the saw skin.

Even when this is over don’t be surprised if you find one or two quills around your pygmy hedgehog throughout its life sometimes they loose one of two quills.

Pygmy hedgehogs grow only half the size 5-8″ of the normal european hedgehog 12″+ which live outside.

OUR YEARS EQUAL TO A HEDGEHOGS?
2 month old human = 10 year old hedgehog
6 month old human = 20 year old hedgehog
14 month old human = 30 year old hedgehog
3 year old human = 40 year old hedgehog
3 1/2 year old human = 50 year old hedgehog3
3/4 year old human = 60 year old hedgehog
4 year and 2 month old human = 70 year old hedgehog
5 year and 4 month old human = 80 year old hedgehog
6 year and 2 month old human = 90 year old hedgehog
7 year and 8 month old human = 100 year old hedgehog

When traveling with your pygmy hedgehog home for the 1st time give them something cosy to hide in and a small hard travel carrier with good ventilation. Keep them warm. If your warm your hedgehog will likely be to. Some hogs can get car sick so keep an eye out and make sure they stay dry throughout the journey not to get as chill. Make sure your hedgehog doesn’t ride in the sun and no food should be given to them whilst traveling. you may also fined he / she may be a bit of their food and sneeze for a few days after getting them home. This is them just adapting to their new environment.

If you can give your pygmy hedgehog 20minutes a day of play out of there cage this will be plenty.

Bathing your hog is not needed very often only when they look or smell bad.

Generally hedgehogs are clean animals and do not require baths often, however every now and again they do get a little messy and need your help. It is important to limit the number of baths you give your hedgehog as they have dry skin, and excessive bathing can dry their skin out even more. Never leave your hedgehog alone in the bath, they may drown.

I use non odour avenno oatmeal and degu. chinchilla sand. Never use tea tree oil products it is toxic and will more than likely kill your hog. Keep the water level low and warm not hot. be prepared to change the water a few times. Use a smooth toothbrush to clean the quills and feet. Make sure you rinse it all out before wrapping your hog in a towel and drying.

Characteristics of Hedgehogs, Owners Knowledgeable about hedgehogs:
The more you know about hedgehogs the better you will understand them and be able to meet their needs.Patient – hedgehogs are shy by nature and will depend on your patience as they learn to trust you.Thick skinned – hedgehogs are prickly and they can poke you! This is something you can learn. You must be gentle with hedgehogs if they are going to trust you and flattern out their quils.Financially responsible – hedgehogs may require veterinary care at some point in their life as well as food and supplies throughout their life.

Accepting – You must be willing to accept what your hedgehog has to offer. It will most likely never follow commands or do tricks but its quirky habits and the affection it may share can make it quite charming.

Young children as Hedgehog Owners -I know for a fact that almost every parent who has contacted me about a hedgehogs as pet for their young child has a child that is extremely good with animals. We have found that hedgehogs do best in families where the hedgehog is a family pet and adults are closely involved in daily hedgehog care.It is extremely important to monitor the hedgehogs eating, activity levels, temperature, and health every. Also it is unrealistic to expect a young child to be solely responsible for its continues financial needs.

Female pygmy hedgehogs should be 6-12month old before breeding them for the 1st time as any younger and she is not physically mature enough. Any later and they could die due to the cervix closing up. They can have 2 litters a year and breed till they are around 2.5years old.

Male can usually breed throughout their lifespan. Inbreeding pygmy hedgehogs can cause physical anomalies and poor temperament.

Both sexes become fertile at 8weeks but breeding this young should not be done.

The female should be put with the male rather than the other way round so she isn’t territorial.

The cage should be solid and hedgebags (sleeping bags) should be supplied for her to line her nest.

Between 1st meeting and birth can be anywhere from 33-60days. At around 30days a good full clean out of the cage is recommended cause when the babies are born no interaction with mum or that area of the cage can be touched until the babies are 2 to 3 weeks old. The use of a bird nest cam is a good way to keep an eye on mum and babies within this time.

It’s hard to tell if she is pregnant the only signs are her getting bigger, tighter belly and lumps. Just give it 40days from the last interaction with the male before you decide she isn’t. Then it’s just a case to try and try again. She will give birth to average 3-5hoglets but size can range from 1-9

You will probably hear little squeaks when the babies are born and see them scattered around the cage until all are born. Wait before holding them but if mum tries to attack leave them until they are fully active before attempting again. Mum may kill them if stressed. After 3weeks they should have teeth so at 4weeks they will be onto solid food. They will be removed from mum when ready. Then once fully weaned can be rehomed

Cages and Accessories

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African Pygmy Hedgehogs are solitary animals and only meet up together in order to mate. They are happy to live alone so it is advised to house them separately as fights may occur. Some people have brought female siblings and housed them together with success and lots of space but males will certainly fight if housed together.

Anything that is soft is ok. I use the carefresh animal bedding and recyclable paper bedding but other bedding made of card also are fine. These products also help make a great nest for breeding. It is important that the sleeping area is secure and a hiding place. Things like igloos and houses with a small opening can be used. Alternatively some people use pet sleeping bags which they love especially in the winter but make sure there is no stitching as this could harm your hedgehog. The only down side to these is they require frequent washing.

Pygmy hedgehog cages should be out of direct sunlight and drafts. Cages that are used to house pygmy hedgehogs are wooden vivariums to indoor rabbit cages. Anything made of wood would need extra venterlation otherwise can lead to overheating and glass should really be avoided as are too warm and have a lack of air circulation. The best cages are cages like the zoozone which is my recommended cage which has no outer grill which some hedgehogs have managed to climb and get their feet stuck.

It must be of reasonable size. 3ft by 18″ would be plenty to accommodate the wheel, bed and toys. Also don’t get cages with more than 1 level they may fall and injure themselves.

For the base of your cage avoid cedar shavings ad go for cloth liners, carpet fabrics or carpet.

For the litter tray non clumping / low dust and non centred litters should be used. I use wood based litters. As they do not bother, stick or eat this. Also use low litter trays or with open front for easy hedgehog access and once with no top. Place the litter tray under or as near to the wheel as possible as this is where they will most likely do most of their toilet business.

Avoid clays as it will stick to the hog and course lots of dust and paper as he may eat it.

The cage will need cleaned around 2 times a week whilst cleaning of the wheel may be daily as this is where they just seem to go to the toilet. don’t use chemical products to clean as this will upset your hog and possibly even make him sick, hot water and non centred pet cleaning products may be used

African Pygmy hedgehogs need plenty of exercise so a large wheel is needed. The best are 9″ or more in size, has no knobbles or gaps as pygmy hedgehog are known to get their feet stuck in them and which are silent. I use the giant 12″ rolly wheel for chinchillers and rats and the superpet silent spinner but with this one as soon as a clip breaks its useless as your pygmy hedgehog can then get his toes trapped between the two separate pieces. Something like the superpet run-around wheel is a definite no. But there is a hogwheel which I also use and is specially made for them.

In addition to a wheel pygmy hedgehogs need balls with no fluff that they can push around their cage and tunnels to prevent boredom. They will enjoy exploring and chewing on small toys for cats or ferrets containing bells.