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  • Are African Pygmy Hedgehogs really nocturnal? +

    The short answer is yes. African Pygmy Hedgehogs are really nocturnal animals and that means that they are really only active during the nights, unless they are young or have something wrong. It is therefore not advisable to change their rhythm, because it is a good indication that something may be going on if they do wake up during the day. If this does not fit into your schedule, then a hedgehog is unfortunately not suitable for you.
  • Are hedgehogs really as cuddly as on Instagram? +

    This is a bit complicated. If you spend a lot of time getting your hedgehog used to, socializing and desensitizing, then your hedgehog can become so cuddly. But that also very much depends on the character of your hedgehog. The chances are very good that your hedgehog will not become so extremely cuddly. And you cannot really expect that from a prey animal whose everything is built to protect itself from danger. We do our best to socialize our hedgehogs as much as possible, but the image that Instagram gives of these animals is often very wrong.
  • How does it feel to hold a hedgehog? +

    Their tummy just feels soft, you don't notice it! it's the thorns that most people fear so much, and for good reason. The quills are made to protect the hedgehog from danger, so they are quite sharp. They can feel very sharp, especially when they are young. When they get a bit older, they are actually like skewers. That is why we have a hedgehog figurine with skewers in our hedgery especially for people who are a bit hesitant. This way you can get to know the feeling in advance, before you actually hold a hedgehog. However, it also takes a bit of getting used to. As you hold a hedgehog more often and longer, you will notice that it naturally feels less sharp. You learn quite quickly how you can easily hold the hedgehog without getting bothered by the spines.
  • Are hedgehogs suitable for families? +

    A short answer is: no, they certainly are not. And the reason for that is partly the quills. Young children are often afraid of an animal that can sting a lot and quickly drop them. That is why we ask very specifically about children in the household. A hedgehog in the house with young children requires a completely different approach and very good guidance from the parents. But it is also the reason that we do not sell hedgehogs to people under the age of 18, without explicit parental consent. Because as a parent, you have the responsibility for the animal and for your child. However, we do not recommend hedgehogs in households under 10 years of age. And that is also due to the hustle and bustle of a household with children, who can sometimes be quite noisy while playing, while the hedgehog tries to sleep during the day. And that can really mess up their rhythm. Also, the fact that African Pygmy Hedgehogs are very sensitive and exotic animals with a lot of maintenance involved, can be a little to much to most families.
  • What's the best way to get a hedgehog used to you? +

    From our hedgery we always give a toy along with the scent of the nest, which often helps them on their way. In addition, they have been socialized as well as possible and you can therefore assume that they will not be completely stressed after the move. We do recommend, however, to leave the hedgehog alone on the first day. Water and feed him or her, but wait another day or a few more days to show the hedgehog to friends and family. Build it up slowly and start holding for 5 minutes. You build it up with 5 minutes every three days, until the time when you would normally like to hold the hedgehog. For some it is half an hour, for the other one or maybe two hours. Do not immediately stroke the hedgehog on the spines, but let the hedgehog explore its surroundings at his / her leisure without disturbing. After a few days you can slowly start petting. You may want to give something treats in between, for example a mealworm or a piece of boiled egg or chicken. And you will automatically notice that the hedgehog will feel more at ease. Above all, give it time, because they are naturally prey animals that really have to gain your trust. And that is only possible if you give the hedgehog time to really get used to you.
  • I get red bumps on my arm, is this harm? +

    If you get red bumps after holding the hedgehog, this may raise questions. But rest assured, you are probably not allergic to your hedgehog! The hedgehog's spines probably touched your skin and penetrated through the first layer of skin. This happens regularly, even with experienced holders. The spines of the hedgehog can live on bacteria and viruses and these then enter your skin layer. Your body can fight this fine, but reacts to the spines and you get red dots and maybe some itching. Wash the area well with some hand soap and possibly a disinfectant gel. They should soon disappear after that. Should you still be bothered? Then you can see if washing the hedgehog helps, or see if you might be allergic to the bedding by trying a different kind. If you still have problems afterwards, you can have it tested by your doctor to see if you may be allergic to the hedgehog. But most of the time these tips work great to quickly get rid of the bumps or even prevent them altogether in the future.
  • Can I toilet train my hedgehog? +

    Sometimes. Hedgehogs are not house-trained on their own, even if they appear to be house-trained after moving. This is because a recently moved hedgehog must first get to know his or her new environment and therefore choose one place to relieve himself or her. Then that place is already known. But often after a while you notice that the hedgehog is no longer as house-trained as he or she was. The hedgehog is more used to its enclosure and now knows where to find food and drink, where its sleeping place is and thus treats the rest of the enclosure as a license to relieve stress everywhere. And hedgehogs relieve themselves while walking and rarely take the time to do their business in one place. So there is no guarantee that a hedgehog will actually become toilet trained. But you can try! Take a low tray with some ground cover, no newspaper or toilet paper, that really has no extra use and will only get dirty faster. Put all the poo and pee in that container for a few days. Who knows, you may suddenly click and you will soon have a house-trained hedgehog. But don't panic if your hedgehog doesn't become that, because they really won't all be!
  • My hedgehog doesn't want to lie on his back, is that normal? +

    Hedgehogs are prey animals made to defend themselves against danger. Their first instinct is to roll themselves up completely when they land on their back, otherwise their stomach is very easily accessible. And that is of course the place where their vital organs are. So it is very normal that your hedgehog does not want to lie on its back and it is not something we advise you to do. And it is not necessary, if you follow the correct forms of handling. Do not give your hedgehog stress, and do not keep them on their back other than when you really have to.
  • My hedgehog keeps hitting and clicking and jumping, what can I do? +

    Probably your hedgehog is stressed, insecure, scared or perhaps a combination. Hedgehogs make noises when they roll up to ward off danger. That includes hissing, clicking and jumping or even growling. And that is very normal behavior. Be patient and let the hedgehog calm down at its own pace. Chances are that your hedgehog is not used to you or you have done something that caused the hedgehog to experience stress. Or he / she just has an 'attitude'. A regular rhythm for sleeping and awake and a regular rhythm with eating and holding can very well help to reduce this behavior. And of course a lot of time and patience!
  • Is there a difference between a male and a female? +

    On a physical level, of course, and luckily that is easy to see. The males have their penis shaft in the middle of their abdomen, which many people ignorantly call their navel (hedgehogs have no navel). In females, the vulva and anus are close together. If you can look at the bottom of the stomach, that difference is very easy to see. In terms of behavior, there is little difference between males and females. Characters are really different per hedgehog. The only clearer difference is that males are a lot more open about their masturbations than the ladies, who are often more modestly. But in the end both sexes do this and that doesn't really make that much difference.
  • What is "boy time"? +

    You may have seen the term in your search for information. Boytime is the expression that is also used for male hedgehogs who engage in masturbation. It's very normal behavior and happens a lot more often than you might think. Some males are very clear and open, while the vast majority are more modest. Actually a wrong name, because the females also do masturbation!
  • My hedgehog licks and bites into my stuff and lubricates itself and then all over, what's going on? +

    This is called salivation. Hedgehogs don't just use their smell and taste to discover new things: they have a sixth sense. And this sixth sense is called the Organ of Jacobson. This is a very small organ behind the nose, but in front of the brain, and acts as an intermediate piece to store information in the brain. The hedgehog is very vigorously licking an object with a new, unknown odor. Or perhaps a familiar object with a known scent, but with a new feeling with that scent or object. In addition, the hedgehog can also bite something. The saliva that is released during this process is sent through the nose, through the Jacobson's Organ and there the signals such as smell, feeling, taste, experience are recorded in the brain. The Jacobson's Organ needs fluid to do this, hence the saliva as what it takes for this process. After that, the saliva is sent back to the mouth and spit all over the hedgehog's body. Why they do not just spit the saliva on the groond, but about their own body is not known. Although it is theorized that they do this to mask themselves from possible predators. So it is very normal behavior, but a bit strange to see.
  • How do I get rid of biting from my hedgehog? +

    Hedgehogs hardly ever bite out of aggression. It is almost always about new smells or because you smell like food (for example, if you have just cut meat at dinner, wash your hands first). You will first have to find out the cause of the biting, and that is not always easy. It is often over quickly when you find out that reason and tackle it in a targeted manner. Is your hedgehog very stressed, huffing, clicking, hissing, growling and jumping at the same time and in succession and does the hedgehog bite you when you try to pick him up? Then your hedgehog is probably fear-aggressive and you will have to get used to you all over again in order to regain the trust. No fun and that can really take a few months, but fortunately we have a step-by-step plan .
  • How can I tell if my hedgehog is happy? +

    When a hedgehog is satisfied, it's not as hard to see as you might think. Hedgehogs are prey animals, so it is very easy to tell if they are stressed, angry or anxious. But it is precisely that behavior that is also the reason that it is so easy to see whether they are actually satisfied! A hedgehog that has not been curled up will at least feel neutral. Not stressed, not happy, just in between. Anything else that has nothing to do with huffing, hissing, growling, clicking, jumping, rolling up ... is almost always positive behavior! A hedgehog sniffing the air with its nose is extremely curious. A hedgehog that goes to sleep with you feels very familiar. What if the hedgehog makes soft squeaking noises or some kind of hiccups and movements? Then you are the end! Of course, there are some other types of behavior that are less positive and more types that are abnormal and harmful. All of which are described in the caresheet in the article on Behavior
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