Frequently Asked Questions

How much do hedgehogs cost?

Can hedgehogs be potty trained?

$300 each (unless unique markings or rare variety). Babies come with a lifetime support guarantee and 1 weeks worth of food.  

Yes!  Our mamas litter train their babies.

Do hedgehogs smell?

Do hedgehogs bite?

No, hedgehogs do not smell.  However, their poop does and should be removed from the cage daily.

Typically if a hedgehog is socialized as a baby and handled regularly then they do not fear people nor need to defend themselves by biting.  On occasion a young hedgehog can mistake a human fingertip as a mama nipple.

Do they get along with other pets?

Our hedgehogs coexist in the same household with our 3 cats and 5 dogs. Our curious cats each got their nose poked and instantly learned to stay away from the hedgehogs. For safety reasons, I recommend supervision.

Do hedgehogs require vet care?

Vaccinations are not required. Some hedgehog owners still choose to have an annual health or well exam. ​

Can hedgehogs go outside?

Can hedgehogs live together?

Yes!  Play time outside is encouraged if the temperature is over 72 degrees. Hedgehogs prefer shade vs. direct sunlight and supervision is a must.

Male Hedgehogs are solitary animals by nature, so they prefer to live alone. However, we have found females live comfortably together as playmates when they come from the same litter and have always had each other as a companion.  We hear from many of our clients that have adopted sister babies that the transition was very easy and the bond seems to last.  When housing two girls together, a second wheel is needed so each gets the appropriate amount of exercise.   

How long do hedgehogs live?

Hedgehogs generally live 2 to 5 years.  Diet and exercise play a big role.  A hedgehog that has bugs in their diet daily will generally live 3 - 5 years.  A hedgehog that does NOT eat bugs will generally live about 2 years.

Can hedgehogs use a water bottle?

No!!! Hedgehogs should use a water bowl.  They do not suck and often times they use their teeth to try to chew on the metal tube which can cause their teeth to break. 

Can we come visit?

We understand hedgehogs are cute and often times people want to just come visit and play with them.... however, we operate out of our home with our kids and our family time is very important to us. We are happy to have you come out if you are purchasing an animal and that is done by appointment only.     

What do I do with my hedgehog while I am on vacation?

It is important to have daily handling so someone stopping in to just feed your pet is NOT ideal.  Someone that will hold and socialize is perfect.  Otsego Hedgehogs does provide boarding for our clients @ $5 a day.

 I have been asked many times over the years if someone can hold off on paying a deposit and just come and look and ask questions to  decide  if they want to purchase a hedgehog and due to our busy family schedules we respectfully decline.  I believe a deposit shows your intent.... Your commitment to purchase. so their is no risk to you if you are truly interested in purchasing a baby hedgehog.    We request for you to do your own research and make that decision on your own..... We are not here to convince you to purchase a baby hedgehog.    We recommend attending an exotic pet fair.  They are held around the twin cities several times a year.... I recommend visiting and doing as much research as you can so you can make the  decision for you and your family.

 "Is a deposit required or can we just drop by to take a look?"