Articles on basic care and considerations for new or prospective owners.
Articles pertaining to health, nutrition, and veterinary care.
Articles and pictures about hedgehog breeding, growth, and development.
Articles for people who already own a hedgehog or want to know more than just the basics.
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Where to purchase hedgehog supplies and collectibles.
Meet the hedgehogs of Hedgehog Valley!
Meet the other critters that call
or have called Hedgehog Valley
HEDGEHOG HIDING SPOTS
Although they look
awkward and have feet that do not look made for climbing,
hedgehogs are notorious escape artists. It is a terrifying
experience to look in the cage and realize that your hedgehog is gone!! Although
it is tempting to panic, it is important to keep your cool and
remember two things. First, hedgehogs will come out at night and second,
there are some predictable patterns to where hedgehogs are likely to
The first place to look for a hedgehog is the warmest places in the house. When we lived in an apartment for a year, we had a chest freezer that was in the hedgehog room. There was a warm indentation behind it, where the hedgehogs would almost always go if escaped. In our last house, they seldom got beyond the hedgehog room because they would lay on the heat pad that stuck out a few inches from our gecko cage that was on the bottom shelf. In our current house, they beeline for the bathroom that tends to be the warmest room in the house.
The next place to look is anywhere dark and cozy. Under the recliner, behind the couch, under the bed, in the laundry pile, and so on. If it has a dark, cozy feel to it, it is a likely hiding place.
If you have searched the warm spots and the dark, cozy spots and you still can not find your hedgehog, it is important to make sure that the house is safe. Block access to any potential hazards, such as sump pump holes or plastic bags. Check all laundry before washing if there is any chance a hedgehog might climb in the pile as clothes make a cozy hiding place.
Next, put out food and water in a place where the hedgehog can find it. It is a good idea to put it near their cage because hedgehogs are creatures of habit and will often return to familiar places. If there are any rooms you have checked and are 100% sure your hedgehog is not hiding, close them off so that you will not have to check them again. Most of all, make sure there is no way that your hedgehog can gain access to the outdoors.
Most likely, you will be able to find your hedgehog within a day or two. Then you have to worry about the next challenge- how do I keep this resourceful critter in its home?! We are hoping that we will have an answer for that problem soon! We are working with a manufacturer on a cage that we think will be extremely difficult and hopefully impossible to escape. We are anticipating that we may have these available by February of 2019.
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