By Hannah Mills
Posted Oct 14, 2016
Pygmy hedgehogs are such lovely pets. They may not be the furriest of creatures or the easiest of animals to handle, but they are so loving.
Sonic has an amazing personality. He's bubbly, active and loves his food.
A lot of hedgehogs like this can be a little nervous at first. They may hiss and stick their spikes up at you, but with regular handling, they will learn to trust and love you.
They are super easy to feed. I wouldn't recommend a cat food diet like some books tell you as it is very fattening and sugary. Try a varied diet of fruit, veg, mealworms, crickets and other insects. It's funny watching them try to run after crickets when they've woken up!
They're easy to maintain too. They need a heat lamp or heat mat to keep them toasty as they can't hibernate like your average garden hog. If these guys go into hibernation, they are very unlikely to come out of it. So keep them warm, well fed and clean.
Mine used to love a warm bath every now and then. It's fun watching them have a paddle.