We've had two hedgehogs -- salt and pepper females -- unfortunately both were from a terrible breeder so they had serious health concerns in the long run due to inbreeding, but they are certainly lovely little animals. My mother is working to open a hedgie rescue. :)
You said you've been doing your research and for that I commend thee! Too many people are too lazy to even use the frakin google engine. I think 150 sounds like a fair price for her. Snowflakes are cute. Some stuff I can tell you (sorry if you already know!) :
- Do not use cedar or pine shavings for bedding. There is some debate around the issue, it seems as if a toxin in these substances may cause some certain types of cancer and respiratory issues. Cedar shouldn't be used for any small mammals, really. You can use aspen...we used CareFresh (which is like paper mulch) and loved it. It's soaks up stuff easily and doesn't smell as strong.
- Get her a big wheel. Hedgies LOVE wheels -- just make sure it has no bars and is solid, else her widdle feets and spindle legs might get hurt.
- If you can stomach it, buy a small tin of live mealworms for her. Keep them in the fridge -- the cold makes them hibernate, and they last a while. Ours absolutely adored live mealworms as treats. Low fat cottage cheese is something else our older one would go crazy after. Cat food, as long as it is high quality, is a good choice. Dry food should be a staple, but it is good to supplement her diet with fruits and veggies, cooked meats, even crickets (mealworms are easier to handle, though!)
Also make sure to keep her from experiencing too much of a varying temperature...if they get too cold they can go into a semi-hibernative state and wobble around and such, it's not too good for them. They do enjoy being outside when the weather permits it, as long as there are no chems on the grass etc..
I'm not too sure what else you know so I'll shut up here, but do ask me any questions!
I sewed a pouch out of a wash rag and made a strap for it, stuffed it full of soft stuff and would carry around Maggie May (our oldest) with me on roadtrips during the summer when it was warmer. She loved digging in the sand at the beach.
They have so much personality...it's so cute when they "frown" with the quill in front of their eyes, ha.
Edit: To bring her home, I would somehow get ahold of one of those cardboard little pet carriers that they use at chain pet stores for hamster and such. You can also put some washcloths (be sure there are no strings) in a pillowcase, put her inside and tie up the loose ends, so she can sit in your lap that way. It may or may not work, depending on her activity level, but it might help keep her quiet and not so stressed on the way. Perhaps find a small basket or tubberware tub big enough for her (so she can't climb), layer it with soft stuff and use that?
hedgehogcentral.com is a good site to visit.
Good luck and I am so jealous, btw. I want a hedgie again. ):
Ach...one more thing: When they smell something they really like, they will sometimes foam up and then spread that lather on their spines. I have forgotten the technical word for it, but it can make the tiny puncture wounds you will get from her spines itch a bit. Harmless though.
Last edited by Cheshire; 11-10-2009 at 07:21 PM.