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Are Hedgehogs great pets? Also where can I buy one?

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Are Hedgehogs great pets? Also where can I buy one?

Postby Laughing Hyena » Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:20 pm

I'm actually now considering getting a Hedgehog and just wondering if they're good pets? I never see Hedgehogs in pet stores at all here in Illinois the only exotics I see in pet stores are Iguanas, Bearded Dragons, Snakes, Chinchillas, Parrots and Sugar Gliders really.
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Re: Are Hedgehogs great pets? Also where can I buy one?

Postby Splashstorm » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:30 am

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Postby Talys » Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:00 am

I would definitely recommend this site! http://www.critterconnection.cc/hedgehogs/toc_hh.php
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Re: Are Hedgehogs great pets? Also where can I buy one?

Postby zebrafox » Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:30 pm

I wouldn't call them a great pet, but they're pretty neat

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Re: Are Hedgehogs great pets? Also where can I buy one?

Postby the_unstable » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:15 pm

Agreeing with Zebrafox. They are interesting, but in my experience, not really..."pet" like, not affectionate, etc. The one I had experience with was acquired when it was older, though, so maybe that was part of the issue.
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Re: Are Hedgehogs great pets? Also where can I buy one?

Postby caninesrock » Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:05 pm

I wonder about them too. I think they're cute. But I'm not sure if they bond well to their owners or not.
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Re: Are Hedgehogs great pets? Also where can I buy one?

Postby Realtree1 » Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:34 am

From what I've heard they are kind of like a hamster in personality, they more or less tolerate you messing with them, they get aggitated after a certain point, and they are nocturnal so they grouchy when u wake them up during the day. So they're more of a sit back and watch pet.
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Re: Are Hedgehogs great pets? Also where can I buy one?

Postby caninesrock » Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:26 pm

Realtree1 wrote:From what I've heard they are kind of like a hamster in personality, they more or less tolerate you messing with them, they get aggitated after a certain point, and they are nocturnal so they grouchy when u wake them up during the day. So they're more of a sit back and watch pet.

Ok. Thank you. I thought I rememberd hearing that. No hedgehog for me then.
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Re: Are Hedgehogs great pets? Also where can I buy one?

Postby Splashstorm » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:39 am

caninesrock wrote:
Realtree1 wrote:From what I've heard they are kind of like a hamster in personality, they more or less tolerate you messing with them, they get aggitated after a certain point, and they are nocturnal so they grouchy when u wake them up during the day. So they're more of a sit back and watch pet.

Ok. Thank you. I thought I rememberd hearing that. No hedgehog for me then.


Loll same XD I need a pet that likes interacting. icon-smile
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Re: Are Hedgehogs great pets? Also where can I buy one?

Postby Ash » Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:48 pm

Hedgehogs do make good pets. They start off being "huffy" but they'll eventually calm down with regular handling. It doesn't mean they don't make good pets.

My hognose snake is "huffy" sometimes when I first get him out of his cage. It's typical of the species, and I wouldn't say he makes a bad pet. In fact he's been an excellent pet and has been the easiest snake to care for.
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Re: Are Hedgehogs great pets? Also where can I buy one?

Postby Splashstorm » Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:38 pm

I think a hedgehog would make a great pet for some, but I just prefer friendlier species. :) Which is why I love dogs xD (sorry had to throw that in there! They are just so awesome.)
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Re: Are Hedgehogs great pets? Also where can I buy one?

Postby caninesrock » Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:50 pm

Same as Splashstorm for me. I think hedgehogs (and snakes) can make good pets for some people depending on what they are looking for. But I tend to like pets that enjoy, seek out,and relish interaction with and attention from humans such as dogs.
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