Animal Stories - African Pygmy Hedgehog

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FrannyT - 2010-10-11
My son's hedgehog got out of his cage (he left the door open!). We discovered this Friday afternoon, just as we were about to leave for the weekend. We left his food and water outside his cage, hoping he would come back. Now it is Monday morning and when we got back last night we saw his food had not been touched. We have looked all over for him and today will search the crawlspaces on the third floor of our house, where my son's room and the cage are. Any suggestions on how to find him? We are very upset, especially my son...

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  • FrannyT - 2010-10-12
    I'm very glad to report that our hedgehog returned last night. On another hedgehog forum i read suggestions to put out a dish of food in every room where the hedgehog could conceivably be hiding, so that's what we did. Around 11:00 pm my son heard him eating in the unoccupied bedroom next to his. He was thin and seemed weak and his belly was cool, so my son took him into bed with him and after he warmed up he seemed back to normal. Later, when he was in his cage he was eating and drinking, so hopefully he will be fine. It's odd because the original food and water we left out for him was quite near where he was found, but maybe his sense of smell only goes so far.
  • Shirley - 2010-11-18
    My daughter just bought hers on Tues and last night it got out (its 2nd night ) we still didn't find him we will look more when she comes home from school. I thought that yours would come out at night. Good luck!!!
John Stronge - 2010-09-18
Do mother hedgehogs feed their babies by regurgitation before they leave the nest box?

Yakov - 2010-03-23
I live in Tampa, Florida and I want to buy a baby African Pygmy Hedgehog. Where do you buy the hedgehogs?

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  • Nancy - 2010-04-02
    I have a female adolescent that is very sweet, want to sell to someone with some basic knowledge and willing to spend the time to take good care of her. They cost about $150 retail; I will sell for $100. I live in Central Tampa. Post a reply back if you are interested please.
Donna - 2010-03-21
My hedgie, Henrietta, who is blind (though I didn't know it when I got her as a baby) eats very little. After MUCH experimentation, I find she will only eat Ensure and canned ferret food. The problem is that she always manages to cover her food crocks in her bedding (Carefresh). Any ideas on how to prevent this. Thanks.

Rai - 2010-03-09
Just read this and i want to say: DO NOT FEED YOUR HEDGEHOG GRAPES. they are allergic to them. any other site will tell you this. cant believe this one said its okay.. tsk tsk.
also, dont feed them any kind of nuts or sunflower seeds.
carrots and mealworms make for a good treat. if you feed them crickets, you have to take off its legs and can only feed it the main body. if you have any questions, email me at


Atom - 2009-12-07
basmentcatasterfy: I would get a space heater and put it in your basement. That's what I do for my hedgehog Maple. I use one of the heaters that you can set the temperature on so it wont get too hot. I set the temperature to 74 degrees F every night in the winter. I don't use the heater in the summer though, but your basement may still be cold in summer and still need heating.

Hope this helps!


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  • Atom - 2010-04-06
    Oh I forgot to mention, make sure to have a towel or rug under your hedgehogs cage instead of bare floor.
Dee. - 2009-09-24
My sons & I recently found an Albino-African Hedgehog.So Cute he is.
Is a male- My son took him to the vet & the spca.To see what some of the care options are of caring for this cute lil critter.He is defnatly scared. Iam trying to bond with him. What My Question is.WHat type of bedding and all do they Use? Or need.
Any help is greatly appreciated. Ty Dee

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  • Atom - 2010-04-06
    I use fleece. You can use wood shavings but they are not recommended. Hedgehogs like to burrow so you could cut up some fleece and have fleece shavings (however, these are still hard to clean, the easiest way to clean them is to wash them in a mesh bag). I suggest you use a piece of fleece, or any cloth for that matter. For the first week or so, let the hedgehog sleep in one of your shirts so it can become comfortable with your scent. By the way, what are you using for caging?
Frances Price - 2009-08-09
This site's information is excellent. A couple of things: please be careful of commercially packaged foods labeled as specifically for hedgehogs. Some lack the protein these insectivores require to be healthy. A poultry-based, inexpensive grade of catfood (NOT hairball formulas) is just fine. Be careful of gathering bugs from your yard for your pet; some can have parasites, etc. that can harm your sweet hedgie. Store-bought mealworms and crickets (live or freeze-dried) are safe. A bit of well-cooked chicken or turkey will be well-received, also. African hedgehogs are decended from hedgehogs that DO NOT hibernate, so if one of these pets gets so cold it becomes sluggish and tries to hibernate, it can die. So please keep your baby comfortably warm, but not hot. Their nails need trimmed once in a while, so use baby clippers. If your hedgehog tries to ball up, never attempt to force it to open; you can cause serious, perhaps mortal, injury to your pet. As you build trust in your hedgehog, it will usually allow itself to be groomed more readily, which also eases the stress of visits to the vet. Enjoy your hedgie!

Joanne - 2009-05-19
I have 2 hedgehogs, millie and percy, both 7 months old. Just decided to put them in together to see if they produce any babies. The only trouble is since they've been with each other, they keep scratching them selves. Checked for signs of fleas, etc and can't see nothing. Going to bath them 2morrow 2 see if that helps. Best pets ever.

marcos - 2009-05-06
I love your hedgehogs.