Posted Mar 07, 2017
When I was younger, I desperately wanted a hedgehog. Almost immediately upon bringing the idea up with my parents, my dad mentioned that his co-worker had been trying to get rid of hers. How lucky! A few days later I was the proud owner of a hedgehog that I appropriately named Spike.
As far as food is concerned, hedgehogs are very easy. They eat dry cat food along with certain fruits/veggies. If you already have a cat, you don't even have to go out of your way to buy separate food!
There were two things that I didn't particularly enjoy about Spike: 1) his personality and 2) his bathroom habits. Neither of these things were Spike's fault, however.
Spike's previous owners didn't adequately socialize him and when he came to us, he was older and not fond of humans. We handled him with gloves so as to not be poked, but doing so seemed cruel due to how fearful he was. After a few months, he did warm up to us and eventually we could pick him up without gloves, but he still remained quite fearful of us generally.
We were told Spike had been trained to use a litter box. For the most part, he was. However, it wasn't unusual for him to poop and pee all over, leading to us having to change his bedding and clean his home much more frequently than we thought we would have. It was tiresome and probably wasn't ideal for Spike having his home torn apart so frequently.
Generally, Spike was very cute and entertaining to watch, however I would say he was very high maintenance as far as his habitat was concerned. If you don't want to be dealing with tiny poops and pees all day, every day, think twice about getting a hedgehog!