Lately, the world started going crazy about the African pygmy hedgehog. It became No1 on a must have list of pet lovers. And not without a reason, though. These adorable little critters naturally live through most of Africa and southern Europe, but most of the pet hedgehogs have been captive bred for many generations. Let us give you 10 perfectly justified reasons why you should consider this lovable creature as your pet.
1. They are Not Noisy
Hedgehogs, unlike dogs, do not bark. They are pretty silent animals. Maybe you can hear them running on a squeaky wheel, or if they are upset or in pain they can hiss or make a squealing sound. But all in all, they are perfect for the apartment, because, they will not disturb you, the neighbors or any other pet you have in your home.
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2. They Don't Smell
If its diet is well-balanced and it's fed properly, hedgehog does not have that body odor, like for example ferret or a mouse. If it does, take it to the vet, because that is not normal.
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3. They are Not High-Maintenance
Hedgehogs do not need a lot of space. Just find them a good cage. It needs to be spacious, like for a grown up guinea pig, with a squeaking wheel, and you are good to go. Their cages require cleaning, but not daily, just throughout the week. When it comes to their diet, you should feed them with only cat food.
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4. No Need to Walk Them
Unlike dogs, who needs to go out at least 3 times a day, hedgehogs do not. They do their business in the cage, if they are properly trained. But if they are not, be prepared to scoop all over the house.
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5. No Chewing Around the House
Hedgehogs are not rodents, so they will not chew everything valuable in your home, like other rodents might. They do not have the urge to nibble or feast upon your cables, favorite shoes or even your furniture. So that is the huge advantage of keeping these cuties as your pet.
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6. Nocturnal Animals
Hedgehogs mostly sleep in the morning and during the day. At night, they are awake, so if you come home late, or after party, they will be waiting for you, wide awake, and ready to play with you. Their sleeping schedule is quite suitable for any working shift that you may have.
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7. No More Allergies
As Opposed to cats and dogs, hedgehogs do not have dander, so they are perfect pets for people with allergies.
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8. Not Aggressive By Nature
People usually are reluctant about getting these little critters, because of their quills. But they only extend their quills when they feel threatened and frightened of others. That is why they need to feel safe with their owner. If they are not handled often, they are more nervous, they get jumpy and they get curled up in a ball with their quills extended. In order to feel safe and more approachable, it takes a serious amount of time of interacting and socializing. But with the proper attention, they actually respond to the sound of your voice and they become very loving pets.
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9. They Are Perfect for Social Media
These adorable little things are so popular on social media. Lately, you can see them in cute outfits on Instagram, Tweeter, Facebook, you name it. A picture of them, coming out of the bath and all curled up in a towel is priceless. Who can stay indifferent when you see this?
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10. Did We Mention That They Are Adorable
The typical weight of an African pygmy hedgehog is between 6 ounces and 2 pounds. They do not require a lot of your space, but like we said, they do need a lot of attention. But once you see that cute little face, you won't be able to resist. We gave 10 reasons for you to seriously consider pygmy hedgehog as your new pet. But before you decide, have in mind that like any other pet, you need to do some serious research. It is a living thing and it demands your time, devotion and most importantly your unconditional love and care.
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