Hedgehog Day

Did you know that tomorrow, February 2, is Hedgehog Day? We know, most people associate the 2nd with Groundhog Day. Of course, hedgehogs may not be much help when it comes to figuring out how much winter is left. However, they are super cute! A Michigan City, IN vet discusses hedgehog care below.

Cage

Your hedgehog will spend a lot of time in his cage, so it’s important to make sure it’s nice and comfy for him. Opt for a cage that has wire or mesh sides and a solid floor. Bigger is always better when it comes to cages, so we recommend getting one that is at least 7.5 square feet. You can use a paper-based product, such as newspaper, for substrate. Your pint-sized pal will also need a little hidey-hole to retreat to, as well as sturdy dishes and a water bottle.

Toys

Your hedgehog will be both happier and healthier with suitable entertainment options. Exercise wheels are a good choice. Just be sure to get a solid one, as the wire ones can cause injuries. Ping-pong balls, toilet-paper tubes, toy cars, and stuffed animals also make great playthings for Hedgie.

Food

Hedgie can eat commercial hedgehog food for breakfast and supper. He can also have small amounts of safe fruits and veggies, such as peas, carrots, beans, apples, and corn. For treats, you can give your prickly pal earthworms, mealworms, crickets, and/or waxworms. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Handling

Hedgehogs are very timid by nature. As you may know, they roll themselves up into little balls when they feel scared. It’s important to handle your hedgehog gently every day, and to offer him treats and toys. This will help him feel comfortable and safe.

Quills

As you may know, hedgehogs have quills instead of fur. Hedgie won’t shoot his quills, like a porcupine would, so you don’t need to worry about that. However, you probably want to use a towel when you pick your little buddy up.

Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is very important! Hedgehogs can suffer from several different health issues, such as dental trouble, skin issues, and parasites. You’ll also need to watch for signs of illness. Ask your vet for more information on your adorable pet’s veterinary care needs.

Do you have any questions about caring for a pet hedgehog? Call us, your local Michigan City, IN vet clinic, today!

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