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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-21-2002, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Pros and Cons?

What are some of the pros and cons of owning a hedgehog?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-21-2002, 03:06 PM
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Good question< C .

Some of the Cons of owning a hedgehog are :

They aren't legal in all states.

They are harder to care for.

They don't do well in cold tempertatures.

They are a fairly new pet, and finding a good vet is a hard thing to do.

They are active at night, and are usually grumpy in the day , so if your not a night person, a hedgehog isn't the best idea.

They have quills, and know how to use them!

They don't do well with other pets

Most dont like to have other friends


They are a REAL joy to have, and are VERY funny

They are easier then some small pets

Not very expensive to feed, or house.

Don't take up too much space(a few 96qt sterilite containers will do for a hog or two!)

They are the best pets, when you work with them,a nd bring them out of their shells.

These are just a few, i'll let others add to the list

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-21-2002, 10:39 PM
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Con - their poop stinks!

Pro - they can be litter trained!

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-22-2002, 03:59 AM
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Pro - Just look at that face!!

Con - Just look at those Quills!!

post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-27-2002, 10:20 AM
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If the poop is really stinky, take a look at diet... I can definitely tell when I don't have my mix balanced because I can smell it in the results. When it's a good balance, my 40+ hedgies are less smelly than my 1 cat.

I have a list of pros/cons sort of at


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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-30-2002, 12:27 PM
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Can get pretty expensive if they get sick
Are prone to cancer
they are a special needs pet
need quiet
Don't play or cuddle like a cat or dog will

Very rewarding experience
they are VEry funny and are a joy to just sit and watch
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