How To Care For Your African Pygmy Hedgehog

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Your Hedgehog

When you arrive home it is best to put your new prickle baby straight into his new home so he can start settling in.  He needs time to adjust and explore and get used to his new home.  Don’t fret if he’s not friendly at first, after all he’s just undergone a huge life change.  Ensure his home is set up a minimum of 3 days before you place him inside and you have monitored the temperatures are a nice stable 24c.  Your breeder should have sent you with some of your hedgehog's food so place that with some water and live mealworms ready for when he wakes up. A minimum of 5 different high quality cat biscuits should be mixed together (protein minimum 30% fat maximum 10% and meat should be  first in the list of ingredients). Don’t be alarmed if your hedgehog  has a slightly green or runny poo. This should return to normal  within 24 hours and is a result of the stress of moving.
It is advised not to give a hedgehog a wheel until they are 12 weeks old.


Housing
• Ideally a Vivarium no smaller than 4 feet in length.
• Hedgehogs climb but cannot jump so a cage with bars could be dangerous.
• Cages may let in draughts and surrounding air temperature fluctuations could be too
extreme and therefore detrimental to the hedgehog’s well-being.
Equipment
• Litter tray
• 12 inch exercise wheel. I only recommend Carolina Storm Wheels.
• Kitchen roll for the litter tray.
• Blankets or cage liners with a pouch or house for sleeping in. (Sawdust and
shavings can harbour mites and the oil can cause respiratory problems. Care
Fresh, puppy liners or Finacard are also safe for hedgies.
• For heating I recommend a Che Lamp with a ceramic holder and pulse
thermostat if you expect the room temperature to fall below 74 degrees
Farenheit / 24 degrees Centigrade.
Never let your hedgehog hibernate, it could be fatal.
• Tubes, cuddly toys and balls to play with.
• Four feeding bowls. (I use Gu) Animal water bottles are not suitable for hedgehogs as they can damage their teeth or trap their tongues.
   Fresh water must be available at all times
• Dinner should consist of mince, chicken or egg with vegetables. Hedgehogs are
insectivores so live food such as meal worms or crickets should be fed daily.
• A tortoise vegetable diet supplement may be sprinkled on the live meal worms
Hedgehogs must not be given fish and are lactose intolerant so no cows milk
either.

This covers just the basics. For further information please do not hesitate to contact me.




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