Buying a hedgehog for a pet can be daunting if you don't know what to look for. Here are some very simple steps to help you choose wisely.
In the end you do take kind of a risk in getting one off the classifieds or even pet stores, it might be a challenge to get them to come around versus a hedgehog from a breeder that has been handled all the time. For a first time buyer I'd recommend a breeder, otherwise just warn that pet store/classified hedgehogs can pose a challenge.
Just as when buying a dog from a pet store, you should extremely cautious and try to find out if the pet store owner is getting the hedgehogs from a reputable source. Some things to keep in mind when considering purchasing a hedgehog from a pet store:
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I get a lot of perspective hedgehog owners on my posts and . One question that I have seen a few times in response to those posts is, I am ready to get a pet hedgehog! Where can I buy a hedgehog? Or, where do I find a hedgehog for sale? There are several ways to find a pet hedgehog to buy.2. Buy a hedgehog from craigslist. Individuals who own hedgehogs and breed them will often list them on craigslist. This is how I got my hedgehog. Any time you buy a pet from an individual breeder there is a risk that they are not a skilled breeder so research the person you are considering purchasing from thoroughly if you go this route. It’s fairly common to see hedgehogs for sale that aren’t just babies. So if you are looking to buy a hedgehog that is grown, this is a great place to try.1. Buy a hedgehog from a pet store. Larger pet stores sell hedgehogs. In my area, the nearest pet store has a ton of fish, and a small assortment of birds and hamsters but that is about all. However, there is a much larger pet store about half an hour from me that has a much wider assortment of pets including reptiles, birds, ferrets, guinea pigs and so on. That bigger pet store sells hedgehogs. If your nearby pet store doesn’t have hedgehogs, try looking online for a larger pet store.Magicsparks Hedgehogs Fiona Cockwill The Street Albury Village Surrey, Wrexham GU59AD
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I am a small scale breeder committed to rearing excellent pet hedgehogs. A mixture of colours available spring/early summer and autumn/winter. My adult's are micro-chipped and registered on a national pet database.4. Buy a hedgehog from a local exotic pet group. Hedgehogs are considered exotic pets. I know of a Michigan group called Even Keel Exotics that sells a variety of exotic pets in Michigan. I haven’t researched them much (so don’t take this as a recommendation) , but I know that this particular group regularly has baby hedgehogs for sale. Do a quick google search for exotic pet and your state and see if your area has a similar group.Good Natured Hedgehogs Oksana Caldwell, ID USDA Lic# 82-A-0058
Good Natured Hedgehogs by Oksana Eden. We are USDA licensed,small hedgehog breeder located in Idaho. All our hedgehogs are good behaving pets handled regularly by adults and kids. Here at "Good Natured Hedgehogs", we focus on health and carefully screen "Breeding Quality" hedgehogs with excellent pedigrees, clean lines and good temperament. If we sell a hedgehog that is a "Pet Quality" we will inform buyers that they shouldn't breed that particular hedgehog. "Pet Quality" hedgehogs will not be cheaper and will not be any less healthy than other hedgehogs we have. Naturally shy hedgehogs can usually be won over but some hedgehogs may always seem "grouchy". Our goal is to produce natural high tolerance in hedgehogs to humane handling.