Understanding Your African Pygmy Hedgehog

When you first bring your hedgehog home, it may take it some time to get adjusted to its new environment. Be patient and don’t try to rush anything. Likewise, it will take you a while to get accustomed to your hedgehog’s behaviors and the sounds it makes. This chapter will give you an idea of what to expect. Behavior Hedgehogs are naturally solitary, and so while they may learn to enjoy being handled they won’t seek out contact, either. At first, [...]

Grooming Your Pygmy Hedgehog

Most domesticated animals need some help with cleaning and grooming, and African Pygmy Hedgehogs are no exception. Hedgehogs do not clean themselves, so you will need to bathe your hedgehog occasionally. Bathing Your Hedgehog In order to give your hedgehog a bath, you will need the following supplies: A shallow plastic tub or sink Gentle shampoo (I like Aveeno) A toothbrush One or more towels The frequency with which you need to bathe your hedgehog will vary depending up on how dirty [...]

Handling Your Pygmy Hedgehog

When you bring your African Pygmy Hedgehog home, remember that relocating to a new environment can be stressful. Hoglets (baby hedgehogs) need a lot of sleep, so it’s important to make sure that they get enough. I believe that it’s important to handle your hoglet from day one, as this will help it to adjust to you and your home. It may also help to put a piece of clothing with your scent on it into the cage. Hedgehogs have [...]


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