Do You Know What Questions to Ask Hedgehog Breeders Before Getting One of Them as Pet?
When you start researching hedgehog breeders in your area, you should ask them a few questions to ensure that you will work with a reputable place.
The idea is to determine if they have provided a healthy environment and the proper care.
For your convenience, we’ve compiled seven (7) basic but essential questions to ask your selected hedgehog breeder.
Q: What age can I pick up my hedgehog?
A: It could be between 6 to 11 weeks old. Having it before the recommended weeks is most likely to be not possible.
Q: Do you offer a health guarantee?
A: All hedgehog breeders should offer you a health guarantee.
The guarantee for health issues is typically a MINIMUM of 30 days, and up to 6 months, with the option to return your hedgehog for a full refund or a different one.
We know this sounds very harsh to do, so try to do your best to embrace it at home – they are not a product!
Keep in mind that many breeders may not have a replacement pet on hand at the time of return, but in this case, they will typically offer you a new hedgehog from the next litter.
Q: Do you have a USDA hedgehog breeding license?
A: If the breeder is operating on a professional basis (the rule for needing a license is if they have 3+ female hedgehogs), the answer should be “yes.”
If the litter is the product of pets or they are not professional hedgehog breeders, they most likely will not have a license.
Lastly, make sure that the hedgehogs are not inbred and that they offer some health guarantee in this case.
Q: Do the parents have any health issues, like wobbly leg syndrome?
A: The answer, of course, should be no! If the parents have any severe issues, be highly cautious of purchasing from this breeder, as the problem may have been passed on to your new pet hedgehog.
In some instances, it is not the breeder’s fault.
We recommend reading more about hedgehog diseases such as the Wobbly Leg Syndrome.
Q: Do you have a return policy if the situation doesn’t work out?
A: Friendly breeders will often offer the option to return the hedgehog if this is the case; however, most will not provide a refund.
As mentioned before, any animal should not be considered a product.; they are living beings, and as such, they must be treated well.
Do not get one if you think your liking is a bit complex.
Q: How often do you feed the hedgehogs, and what do you feed them with?
A: Hedgehog breeders will most likely feed them with cat food, and they should be able to tell you the specifics so that you can feed yours the same way.
Some experts suggest feeding them once every night, depending on the food you provide.
Q: What kind of bedding do you use?
A: The answer should be either paper bedding or Aspen shavings. Any other type of bedding can harm the hedgehogs, especially other wood shavings containing oils or dyes.
The above questions are a few to ask any breeder or pet store in your local area.
One last thing that can be done is to call them and have a first impression of their quality as breeders.
You will find out that some places will sound very professional based on how the answer is given.
Last but not least, we suggest calling not only one breeder so that you can compare answers and shortlist the place you feel more comfortable with.