Mar 14, 2010
OK, here's a little hedgehog primer. I'll add a pic when I am back home. African hedgehogs are excellent little pets. I chose them because they are both adorable & well able to defend themselves against cats. They weight from under a pound up to two pounds, but a two pounder is a BIG hog. Usually, they live from two to seven years. When they first came on the US scene as pets in the 90s, they lived longer, probably due to hybridization.
My hedgies eat a mix of dry cat & dog food, with mealworms and meat based baby food for occasional treats. They are officially classified as insectivores, as wild ones forage for insects in large swathes of Africa. (BTW, if you wish to give your cat a delectable treat, serve up pure chicken or turkey baby food. Even the pickiest feline in my world will devour it.)
I find them easy to take care of, but the bugaboo for most people is NAIL CUTTING. They need their hind nails trimmed every now & then, and they do not particularly care for it. However, there are certainly ways to get the little piggies to cooperate.
On each Pink Saturday, I will do a hedgie post, so keep reading!
Posted by Wizardess at 1:58 PM