We are very strict with our hedgehog adoptions as we find that people keep them in the wrong conditions which leads to serious injuries, illnesses and death.
Please get all the goods listed below ready before we do the home check.
We prefer our hedgehogs to be kept in the cages below which you can buy at most pet shops or order directly from Marltons. The minimum cage size must be 120 x 50cm. Anything smaller will not be accepted.
We also require them to be kept in fleece snuggle sacks with a fleece waterproof cage liner. We recommend that you buy at least 2 of each in order to have one in the cage and one in the wash. Below are the fleece goodies we make for the hedgies. To order please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The hedgies use the large fleece goodies.
Hedgies must also have a wheel (silent spinner not less than 30cm big) or a solid steel wheel (no mesh) which you can also buy from most pet shops of Takealot. If you buy the steel wheel we suggest that you either line it with artificial grass of spray it with a rubber lining to protect your hedgies feet.
Your hedgehog will also need a plastic heat pad (MUST BE PLASTIC, no aluminium will be accepted). They look like the picture below which you can also buy from most pet shops or on Takealot.
You can also get a ceramic tile to place on top of the heat pad, but that is optional.
Other items you will need include:
- Artificial grass for the bottom of the cage and to line any wheels/ramps
- Wooden or fleece house for your hedgie to sleep in.
- Litter tray with either organic cat litter (not the crystal litter) or eco wood pellets
Where to buy:
- Airport Pets
- Goodies for Gardens Charity Shop
- CRSA Online Shop
We will not accept any cheap cat food.
- We recommend the Royal Canine Mom and Baby Cat Stage 1 pellets.
- You can also mix in the pellets dried mealworms and give your hedgie fresh mealworms and other insects once a week.
- We give our hedgies scrambled egg Sunday mornings and request that you do the same.
- You can also give your hedgies fresh veggies and fruits but most hedgies refuse to eat the same.
- We also recommend that you get the below water and food bowls from the pet shop as the hedgies love tipping over their bowls.
You have to bathe your hedgie once a week in water (you have to be able to put your hand in the water for longer than 10 sec without getting burnt).
- Please use the F10 Shampoo which you can buy from any vet or pet shop. You use a toothbrush to clean them.
- After you have dried your hedgie with a towel, you dip the toothbrush in Organic virgin coconut oil or flax seed oil which you can buy from any supermarket and gently rub it all over the quills and you can put a bit on your fingertips to rub on the belly and feet.
We are busy compiling a more detailed info pack for hedgies which we will send out later to all our adopters.
Hedgehog vs Tenrec
The title in the image is a bit misleading, as technically a tenrec (even a lesser hedgehog tenrec), is not a hedgehog, but below is some info on how to identify the difference between hedgehogs (indigenous & African Pygmy) and lesser hedgehog tenrecs.
South African hedgehog:
Indigenous to South Africa, these hedgehogs are naturally occurring, have a dark belly and face, a white stripe of fur on their foreheads, and 5 toes on their back feet. South African hedgehogs are illegal to own.
Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec:
This species occurs naturally in Madagascar and can be identified by its pointy face, small eyes, finger-like toes and spiny tail. It also has less hair than hedgehogs. While the tenrec mimics hedgehogs, it is in fact not related to hedgehogs at all.
African Pygmy Hedgehog:
APHs are not naturally occurring in South Africa, and are a domesticated species of hedgehog. It has a white belly, 4 toes on its back feet, and comes in a wide range of colours.