Why a Pygmy Hedgehog Is the Perfect Pet - 10 Pictures

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Lately, the world started going crazy about the African pygmy hedgehog. It became No1 on a must have list of pet lovers. And not without a reason, though. These adorable little critters naturally live through most of Africa and southern Europe, but most of the pet hedgehogs have been captive bred for many generations. Let us give you 10 perfectly justified reasons why you should consider this lovable creature as your pet.

1. They are Not Noisy

Hedgehogs, unlike dogs, do not bark. They are pretty silent animals. Maybe you can hear them running on a squeaky wheel, or if they are upset or in pain they can hiss or make a squealing sound. But all in all, they are perfect for the apartment, because, they will not disturb you, the neighbors or any other pet you have in your home.

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2. They Don't Smell

If its diet is well-balanced and it's fed properly, hedgehog does not have that body odor, like for example ferret or a mouse. If it does, take it to the vet, because that is not normal.

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3. They are Not High-Maintenance

Hedgehogs do not need a lot of space. Just find them a good cage. It needs to be spacious, like for a grown up guinea pig, with a squeaking wheel, and you are good to go. Their cages require cleaning, but not daily, just throughout the week. When it comes to their diet, you should feed them with only cat food.

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4. No Need to Walk Them

Unlike dogs, who needs to go out at least 3 times a day, hedgehogs do not. They do their business in the cage, if they are properly trained. But if they are not, be prepared to scoop all over the house.

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5. No Chewing Around the House

Hedgehogs are not rodents, so they will not chew everything valuable in your home, like other rodents might. They do not have the urge to nibble or feast upon your cables, favorite shoes or even your furniture. So that is the huge advantage of keeping these cuties as your pet.

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