Frequently Asked Questions
How much do hedgehogs cost?
Can hedgehogs be potty trained?
They vary in price and are marked under each hedgehog individually on the available baby page. A $50 non refundable deposit is required and once payment is made it is non-refundable.
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.
What do I do with my hedgehog while I am on vacation?
A hedgehog can remain home for a couple of days un-attended as long as there is a reliable water source and food supply. I would highly recommend having a care provder that is comfortable with daily handling if you are going to be gone more than 2 days. Otsego Hedgehogs does provide boarding for our clients @ $5 a day and we provide the habitat, food/water, & bugs! We require 1 day notice to arrange drop off and pick times.
Do hedgehogs require vet care?
Vaccinations are not required. Some hedgehog owners still choose to have an annual health or well exam.
We have recommendations listed on our Care Page
Can hedgehogs go outside?
Yes! Play time outside is encouraged if the temperature is over 72 degrees. Hedgehogs prefer shade vs. direct sunlight and supervision is a must.
Can hedgehogs live together?
Male Hedgehogs are solitary animals by nature, so they prefer to live alone. However, we have found females live comfortably together as playmates and soulmates when they come from the same litter (or are the same age) and are adopted young as they are used to having siblings. We hear from many of our clients that have adopted sister babies that the transition was very easy and the bond seems to last forever. 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 4 years is typical. Diet and exercise play a big role. A hedgehog that has bugs in their diet daily will generally live longer. 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. Here is a safer option
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.