Acquired: Pet store
Portland, Oregon, United States
Posted Sep 24, 2016
A hedgehog is not a great first pet, and I would not recommend it to children. Hedgie was fussy and hard to care for, and though I was a teenager at the time I felt like I could not meet all of his needs. He grudgingly ate the dry hedgehog food I provided, and was told I had to keep him sourced with live meal worms at least weekly. I tried to do that, but these creepy worms are hard to keep around the house. Hedgie required a perfect living situation, and would hide if not provided with clean bedding daily. But I was fascinated by this animal, and although he didn't seem to be in love with me, he did tolerate me. When relaxed, Hedgie's spines would lay flat on his back, allowing you to pet him...kind of. But any sudden noise, and he became a ball of needles in my hand. When I first bought him, I named him Chaos, but Hedgie did not live up to this name and I had to change it. He was rather inactive, and one night he slept under my pillow and I didn't realize he was there until the morning, when I noticed he had escaped from his cage.