Where to get a Pet Hedgehog
Where to get a pet hedgehog is a question we are asked a lot, there arent many breeders around especially in the South East. My recommendation is start with classified ads perhaps preloved. We find a lot of people who home hedgehogs from us have been recommended by previous owners.
Knowing where to get a pet hedgehog is tricky, but generally when you visit a breeder you will know how well their hogs are looked after etc, Ive been lucky Ive never had a bad experience to date. There is only one way to find an ethical breeder and that is to visit them yourselves, once you meet someone and see their hogs you often have a very good sense of what kind of person/people they are. Recommendations can often be bias and you are best to visit the breeder yourself, not all breeders have been checked out so recommendations should make you cautious unless the information comes from someone who has actually visited the recommended breeder.
Where to Get a Pet African Pygmy Hedgehog
So you are looking to get an African pygmy hedgehog as your pet. And you are wondering where to get a pet hedgehog from. It is easy to buy a pet hedgehog because these tiny animals are becoming more and more available in pet shops with every passing day. However, the process does not stop at buying a hedgehog. You need to look into the availability of the associated material in the short term as well as the long term. And that is precisely the reason that you would want to opt for a source that has sufficient specialization in providing all the support for having a pet African pygmy hedgehog.
Requirements that a pet hedgehog needs
The requirements that you will have from your seller of hedgehogs will originate directly and indirectly from the requirements that your pet hedgehog will need. These are the food, temperature, exercise and cage requirements.
Your African pygmy hedgehog will require a certain kind of food. This food will comprise of a well-definer percentage of protein (30%-35%), fibers (12%-14%) and fat (10% or lesser). Since keeping a pet hedgehog is still not a practice that is anywhere as widespread as keeping a pet cat or a dog, not every pet shop will have this kind of food. Then comes the temperature factor – you would never want your hedgehog to hibernate. So you would have to control the temperature to over 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) irrespective of the external weather. This will lead to a requirement of buying a high-quality blanket. And since the blanket is going to face wear and tear over time, you will have to repeat this purchase. Not every pet shop will have the best kind of blanket to minimize your number of repeat purchases of blankets. Exercise wheels are needed for a pet hedgehog to get their exercise. The absence of appropriate exercise will lead the hedgehog to depression. To avoid the hedgehog falling and breaking its legs, you need a high quality wheel. And hedgehogs run around a bit. So you need a big enough cage. The cage needs to be as big as you can manage in size. Your seller of the hedgehog may be able to supply you with all of these.