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How Much Does a Hedgehog Cost?

 
 average costTypical: $70-$250 
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The African Pygmy hedgehog, or common pet hedgehog, is a small, solitary and mostly nocturnal mammal with quills. Hedgehogs appeal to people looking for an unusual, quirky pet that is also cuddly, quiet and odorless.

Typical costs:

  • Hedgehogs range in price from about $70 to $250, depending on the hedgehog's age, color, and temperament.
  • Some breeders offer hedgehog starter kits for around $75 that include a cage, wheel, a hiding place, water bottle, feed bowl and food, and some shavings.
  • Hedgehogs live between four and six years. The older the hedgehog the less expensive it will be.
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What should be included:
  • At minimum, a hedgehog purchase should include a health certificate.
  • Many breeders also offer a pet carrier, small bag of food, blanket and sometimes even the airline ticket for shipping the pet.
  • Hedgehog quills are not as sharp as a porcupine's, and no injuries are spoken of in online hedgehog pet communities. Hedgehog owners are especially fond of hedgehogs' ability to roll into a tight ball, concealing their bodies, with their quills sticking out.
  • Hedgehogs fall in two color groups, White-Bellied and Algerian.
  • Without the proper socialization, hedgehogs can be skittish around humans. A grown hedgehog that hasn't been socialized will take some time to "warm up" to a person.
Additional costs:
  • A wire or plastic cage costs between $35 and $80. Note that hedgehog enthusiasts advise against using an aquarium because they're hard to clean and, more importantly, they have poor ventilation.
  • Hedgehogs like to exercise. Look for a small wheel, not a hamster wheel. Many breeders recommend the Flying Saucer wheel, which is $8 at PetSmart[1] . Balls and other toys suitable for cats or gerbils would fit hedgehogs as well; these range in price from $1 to $10 at pet stores.
  • Provide hiding places in the cage. These can be anything from a PVC pipe to an overturned shoe box, but store-bought versions for small rodents run between $5 to about $20.
  • Litter trays cost around $8; litter is between $10 and $20. A bag will last about four months, breeders say.
  • Hedgehogs are omnivores, and since they're relatively new pets there aren't specialized foods for them. Cat foods can be used. Dry kibble costs between $5 and $8 for a four-pound bag and, at four tablespoons daily, should last about a month.
  • A typical vet visit costs between $30 and $60, depending on the vet. Consult HedgehogWelfare.org[2] for a list of hedgehog veterinarians.
Shopping for a hedgehog:
  • Hedgehogs are considered exotic pets and as such are illegal to own in some cities and states. Check local ordinances to be sure hedgehog husbandry is allowed or if a permit is needed.
  • Hedgehog Central provides a list of breeders[3] in the United States. To adopt a hedgehog, go to PetFinder.com[4] and enter "hedgehog" and a zip code in the search fields on the left.
  • Pet Education[5] gives tips of what to look for when considering a small pet purchase.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.petsmart.com/search/noResults.jsp?kw=3155596
  2.  www.hedgehogwelfare.org/veterinarians.asp
  3.  www.hedgehogcentral.com/breederusa.shtml
  4.  www.petfinder.com
  5.  www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=18+1803&aid=3296
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