i'm gonna go ahead and say that if you're not sure a hedgie is for you then it's probably not. no offense, but if you don't know what you're in for it makes for disaster. they're ALOT of work... not to mention SOOO cute. not so cuddly... and definatley NOT for small children- a hammy or something would suit a younger audience much better. but if you're a go for the long commitment and want an alternative to TV these little guys will blow you away.