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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
~Just curious as to if any other kitty owners also have a Hedgehog in their family~
post #2 of 28
So judging from your sig, you no longer have one?
post #3 of 28
i think the siggy is that zuri is the angel of the bunch, doesn't make any trouble
post #4 of 28
Aww poor little Zuri! It's a very cute sig.
I've never had a hedgehog as a pet. There's lots of wild ones in NZ and we sometimes fed them as kids.
post #5 of 28
I once knew someone who did--they are adorable little critters. I wouldn't dare have anything like that in this house--it would be either an instant cat toy, or an instant cat lunch!


MargeCat
post #6 of 28
*raises eyebrows*
I've got a "critter" (nothing live, just a drawin' on a website ) named Zuri....
post #7 of 28
Nope, but i've always been interested in having one. What are they like?
post #8 of 28
I didn't even know you could buy a hedgehog...not until I saw your posts
post #9 of 28
i found a breeder in new hampshire - but i don't know....seems a lot more stressful than a cat or a dog.

i may go visit them this summer.
post #10 of 28
Thread Starter 
~There are several states that do not allow people to OWN/BUY Hedgehogs. Im lucky that my state does. I bought my girl from a breeder instead of going to a petstore. They tend to have very unhappy little Hoglets at the petstores and not very socialized either.~

~Zuri is the sweetest thing. She is STILL ALIVE haha the siggy was a morbid idea that came to me for a UNIQUE siggy and Reeses was very artistic and done it for me.~

~My cats have seen Zuri and even tried to hum ummm TASTE her but they quickly found out that as SWEET as she looks, isnt sweet in taste haha. She is a very prickly little girl and they found out that an easy meal isnt always a good one. They do like to watch her. Im sure little plans are going through their head about how to make their way around the quils or somehow catch her belly side up haha where she is soft and fuzzy and not prickly.~

~They arent hard to care for. She sleeps probably 20 hours of the day give take an hour. She is still a baby and will be alittle more active later on. They do go through Quilling which is much like a human baby getting their teeth. Makes for a very grumpy little Hoglett. They eat high quality catfood. They dont smell like hamsters or ferrets. They are pretty clean animals. You can give them a bath. They rather enjoy one. They can be taught to use a litter box. Makes very little noise. Can be taken places with you and enjoy the attention. My girl is not a scaredy cat...OOPS no pun intended haha. She NEVER rolls up in a ball which Hedgies do when scared or nervous. She does HUFF and PUFF if mad but thats about it.~

~They live for quite a long time compared to other small animals(fish, hamsters etc) and are worth owning. You DO have to mess with them at least 30 minutes a day to keep them friendly and social. Other than that they dont require grooming etc. Awesome little exotic pets to have.~
post #11 of 28
We had hedgehogs in my mothers garden they lived under the garage but they went pets they used to eat our cat food and the cats didnt like it!
post #12 of 28
I had to giggle when I read this thread. I have never heard of keeping hedgehogs as pets - they are wild animals here in NZ and quite often, they don't survive too well in suburbs, due to cars.

They are very cute and we always used to put bowls of food and milk.
post #13 of 28
Thread Starter 
~Wow I couldnt imagine my Zuri as alittle wild thing that lives outside haha. I dout she would survive here outside. I did not know that they are still wild in some parts. So in the wild are they pest or just wild animals that stay out of the way of home owners etc? I do know they normally eat bugs etc but for domesticated Hogs they are fed a variety of things including cat food.~
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by mom_2_3 View Post
~Wow I couldnt imagine my Zuri as alittle wild thing that lives outside haha. I dout she would survive here outside. I did not know that they are still wild in some parts. So in the wild are they pest or just wild animals that stay out of the way of home owners etc? I do know they normally eat bugs etc but for domesticated Hogs they are fed a variety of things including cat food.~
They don't bother anyone, as they are nocturnal, I believe. Which is probably why so many die on the roads They are rather cute, but I couldn't imagine having one as a pet.
post #15 of 28
Thread Starter 
~Yes they are diurnal animals. They actually live between 3.5 to 8 years. In the wild the normal life is 18 months or so. It is Illegal to keep them in Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Georgia, California, Arizona. I love my little Zuri and cannot imagine my house without her.~
post #16 of 28
I fed hedgehogs in the wild growing up but find it hard to believe that they can be domesticated
From the sound of your post they make nice pets- I would worry about Radars reaction however
post #17 of 28
[quote=mom_2_3;1707719]~Yes they are diurnal animalsquote]

Actually No!! they are not Diurnal creatures they are NOCTURNAL !!
If you care to look here you may learn something about hedgehogs

http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/


What is going on on Tcs Is there no one that knows any facts!!

ALSO giving hedgehogs milk and bread gives them diarrhea!! So please don't give that to hedgys!! for gods sake!!
post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by furryferals View Post
What is going on on Tcs Is there no one that knows any facts!!

ALSO giving hedgehogs milk and bread gives them diarrhea!! So please don't give that to hedgys!! for gods sake!!
Please don't get upset. I didn't know any better. There is no need for your tone.
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by Kiwideus View Post
Please don't get upset. I didn't know any better. There is no need for your tone.
I am sorry if my post came across as having a go at you or anybody that cares for
hedgehogs.It really wasn't meant thAt Way,I only wanted to stress the importance of not feeding bread and milk to hedgys because I have picked up so many off the roads
that have been suffering from dehydration caused by eating the wrong foods.
They are such a small animal, once they have got so bad that they are dehydrated
there really is no hope for them and IF they have babies somewhere they will never be
found.
Well meaning people think they are helping hedgehogs but they are in fact causing
their deaths..even though they don't mean to,If people want to give hedgehogs a helping hand,give them boiled eggs or cat food or collect slugs and snails to feed....
they will live happily on those...BUT PLEASE don't give bread or milk..
post #20 of 28
Thread Starter 
~WOW that was alittle nasty of a reply to people who were only trying to HELP. FYI not sure about where YOU are but I have been researching Hedgehogs for some time and depending on what website/book you pick up on them it will tell you different things. Some I have read say they are nocturnal. Others Diurnal....and I QUOTE from the site I get most of my information fromhttp://www.hedgehogcentral.com/introduction.shtml "Besides having a peaceful and humorous nature, hedgehogs readily lend themselves to just about anyone's lifestyle and schedule. Being diurnal (awake parts of both day and night) just like house cats, nearly everyone can find a time of day in which to enjoy them."~

~My Zuri is awake for an hour ro so during the day, and then again for some part of the night. She is awake some both day and night. I believe that makes my girl Diurnal. As far as feeding them, that too is a big debate because of the fact they are not widely kept as pets in all areas. In the wild they would feed on Beetles Ants Termites Grasshoppers Moths Centipedes Earthworms while in captivity they mainly feed on dry cat food, some Hedgehog foods, mealworms, cooked egg and poultry. On several hedgehog boards I am on people give fruits and veggies to their little Hogs. I know breeders who give treats such as peeled grapes, banana chips, raspberrys and blueberrys. Hedgies are like people in that not all of them like the same things. My girl refuses to eat anything but her kitty food and some wax worms from time to time.~

~As far as what Hedgies CANNOT eat...No dairy products, because they can cause massive stomach upset and runny poops. Exceptions are yogurt, cottage cheese, and hard cheeses, because they have been broken down partially by enzymes in the processing. This doesn't mean that they are good in large quantities though.

No peanuts or IMO, any other nuts. These can get stuck in the roof of the mouth, and cause pain, infection, and inability to eat normally
No dried fruits (including raisins) or anything else sticky or gummy. These can get caught in the teeth, and cause pain or tooth decay.
Be VERY careful and most likely avoid avocados, chocolate, and onions. While there isn't any definate proof that they are a problem for hedgehogs, they are dangerous for some other species, and should be treated with extreme care just in case.~

~Just remember this is not a HEDGEHOG board so the people who were feeding the wild Hedgies are not experts and were only trying to help save the Pog Hogs not hurt them. No need to flame on them because they dont know Hedgehog 101. Remember none of us was born with knowledge....we AQUIRE it....~
post #21 of 28
I haven't posted here yet, but have read the boards quite often... We have a hedgehog... Snowball is an albino hedgehog that has lost both eyes due to cancer...



post #22 of 28
OMG Snowball is SO cute!
post #23 of 28
this thread makes me ALMOST want to go to the breeder in NH and pick one up!!! I really think I'd like to have a hedgehog.......

furry ferals, I hope that you can try to have a gentler tone next time you post. it's always really difficult to just 'know' what tone a person is trying to speak in when we're typing.

mom_2_3, have you seen the breeder's site in NH? does it look any good to you? it's kind of strange to look at because they just have so MANY...
post #24 of 28
Thread Starter 
~Renovia...I dont think Ive seen that site in particular. Im in Southern Indiana and I got my girl from a small KY breeder who only has 3 females and 1 male. I checked online locally for breeders but came across large scale breeders which I really didnt want to find my baby. While there are larger breeders who do know what they are doing etc, the smaller breeders have more time to socialize babies, have less health problems etc so that was the route I went.

They are really neat pets. Snowball is simply adorable. I constantly have something going on at my house throughout the week for the kids of the neighborhood and they are so facinated by Zuri they can barely keep their mind on the task at hand.

Im sorry if I snapped back in my post. Just irratates me when people use such harsh tones. Its true you catch more flys with honey than vinegar. If you want people to know the right way teach them the right way dont pound it into their heads. Just my opinion.
post #25 of 28
did it take long to litter box train him? i read on that nh site that basically it's a crapshoot if they can do it or not. i'm also scared that they might hibernate....they seem really finicky about heat.
post #26 of 28
Thread Starter 
My girl Zuri was introduced to litter soon as she was up running about. It all depends on how you do it because I know of people who dont use litter and just allow them to "go" somewhere off in the corner in the bedding material they use. The breeder I got her from said when they are little just scoop up their droppings and put them in the litter box in their cage. They tend to go in the same place and also go where there is other droppings. My girl is fully litter trained. She does not go anywhere else but her little corner ferret litter box. I used all natural cat litter, NOT the clumping type. She is still a baby but she is a pro at it already. YES they do have to stay above 70 degrees. Alot of people use the snuggle safe disk for cat beds etc in their cage when its cool. I just keep our little girl in one of the warmer rooms of the house close to a vent. When it gets hot enough that I need air on then Ill simply use a heating pad under her cage or get a reptile heater. There are a few options for keeping them warm. Most of the time its around 72 degrees in my house anyway. If its much colder than 70 degrees then usually my FAMILY is complaining so I dont have to worry bout it much.
post #27 of 28
i know that we keep our house kind of cool - what climate are they actually used to . . . . .

do you really keep her in her cage all day while you are out and she's ok with that???
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by mom_2_3;
~WOW that was alittle nasty of a reply to people who were only trying to HELP.
No,Not nasty,I don't take issue with people not knowing something.

Quote:
Originally Posted by mom_2_3;
FYI not sure about where YOU are but I have been researching Hedgehogs for some time and depending on what website/book you pick up on them it will tell you different things. Some I have read say they are nocturnal. Others Diurnal....and I QUOTE from the site I get most of my information from
http://www.hedgehogcentral.com/introduction.shtml "Besides having a peaceful and humorous nature, hedgehogs readily lend themselves to just about anyone's lifestyle and schedule. Being diurnal (awake parts of both day and night) just like house cats,
nearly everyone can find a time of day in which to enjoy them."~
However I am a stickler for facts and people knowing and NOT correcting something.
Which is the reason for my post,Since some people tend to believe what they read and since you had the opportunity to put the record straight even knowing what you know,but didn't,Then I will correct any misinformation I see.It's Nothing personal or any malice intended.
If anybody does not like the way I write or speak then just take it with a pinch of salt,I don't mind,I really don't have the time to waste on public niceties
Just because something is written on a public forum wether or not it is a cat forum is irrelevant,because Misinformation regarding animals wherever it is,costs lives.

I know some people would like to change the definitions of the English
language but I'm afraid that will never happen.
Well....not so long as there are the British.
This is the definition of nocturnal for the benefit of anybody who
does not know.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nocturnal

Yeah,I live in the UK,where hedgehogs roam free in their natural wild environment.Where they are on the verge of being classified 'endangered'
Where some people still think of hedgehogs as vermin,Where some people think
it ok to deliberately run them over with their cars and where some drunken yobs
think it ok to play late night games of football with them and drop them off motorway bridges and where too many misinformed householders think it ok to leave bread and milk out for them all summer and then wonder why the 'hedgehog in their garden'does not come out of hibernation.Nice place for hedgys eh?

Hmm talking about misinformation,I must go back to that site you said to correct them over their use of the term 'English cousins' when referring to the British hedgehog.


Nice Hedgys btw

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Originally Posted by Renovia;
furryferals, I hope that you can try to have a gentler tone next time you post.
it's always really difficult to just 'know' what tone a person is trying to speak in when we're typing.
Hmm yes,it is difficult,almost impossible if you can't hear their voice.
maybe if I used more of these .....
But I wouldn't want people getting the wrong Idea.....
(no sarcasm intended)
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