The Hedgehogs

About The Hedgehogs

I keep a number of African Pygmy Hedgehogs in a range of different colours including pintos. I breed my hedgehogs two to three times a year, and sell the babies. African Pygmy Hedgehogs are often referred to using the acronymn APH.

African Pygmy Hedgehogs are domesticated animals which should not be confused with wild hedgehogs like the British Hedgehog. The British Hedgehog is sadly threatened but it is possible for people to help hedgehogs. If you see a wild hedgehog, enjoy watching it but keep your distance as they are wild animals. In addition, if you see a wild hedgehog in trouble, contact your local hedgehog conservation society which is the British Hedgehog Preservation Society in the UK.

Keeping African Pygmy Hedgehogs

African Pygmy Hedgehogs make wonderful pets but like all animals, they have their own particular requirements to be healthy and happy. It is essential to understand their needs before acquiring an APH.

Cage and Toys for African Pygmy Hedgehogs

Housing

African Pygmy Hedgehogs can be kept in a wide range of cages - they really aren't fussy - so they can be as happy in a wooden hutch as in a fancy expensive vivarium as long as the base is solid and not wire. A cage of around 1m in length is a good idea as it provides an APH with room to move around freely, although the bigger the better. The cage should be kept out of direct sunlight and away from draughts.

Food and treats for African Pygmy Hedgehogs

Feeding

African Pygmy hedgehogs need a high protein, low fat diet; a good quality chicken-flavoured, dry cat food is ideal. As commercial hedgehog foods are designed for wild hedgehogs which need a high fat diet, they should be avoided.

Cage and Toys for African Pygmy Hedgehogs

Breeding

African Pygmy Hedgehogs can be kept in a wide range of cages - they really aren't fussy - so they can be as happy in a wooden hutch as in a fancy expensive vivarium as long as the base is solid and not wire. A cage of around 1m in length is a good idea as it provides an APH with room to move around freely, although the bigger the better. The cage should be kept out of direct sunlight and away from draughts.

Illnesses and Diseases of African Pygmy Hedgehogs

Health

APHs can be prone to certain skin problems especially ringworm (a fungal skin infection) and mites. They are also prone to obesity, dental disease, and tumours. Some individuals may need regular claw clipping - this is easily done in the same manner as with guinea pigs.


I board small pets for £1 per animal per day. The money raised for boarding goes directly to the education charity Porridge and Rice that works among the extreme poor living in the Nairobi slums.

In addition, if you have small animals that you no longer can care for, regardless of the reason, I will happily take them in and rehome them. If I cannot find them a new, good home, they will live their days out at The Farm at 64.


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