I got my first one in 2008! I actually won her in a Black Friday raffle at a petshop up in NY. I knew nothing about hedgehogs but looked for any and all info I could find on them when I entered the raffle. I got to pick her out and she was by far the best hedgehog ever. I named her Finley and she was so so so sweet! She would come out of her house when I would call her name and she loved to come out and explore. Unfortunately about a year later she developed cancer (Albino hedgies are prone to it). We kept her comfortable for a few months before she passed away. I miss her
My parents bought me another one for Christmas in 2009. This one was a "pinto" one. She was from a terrible breeder and came to us with mites and a slight jaw deformity. Despite all the correct socialization and handling, Toes is a grumpy little thing. Anytime you get near her cage she balls up and hisses at you. I can take her out and sit with her, but any movement what so ever and she's back in her hissy little ball. She is the complete opposite of Finley.
They are great pets if you are willing to put the time into socializing them. They could end up like Finley and adore attention or they could end up like Toes and want nothing to do with you. It's a risk you have to be willing to take. They def. aren't for everyone.
Also, if anyone is looking to get one, make sure you do a lot of research. Their cage temp needs to be at least 70 degrees, preferably somewhere around 75 degrees. Anything lower than that and they will go into hibernation which can kill them.
"People ask me 'will I remember them if I make it'. I ask them 'will you remember me if I don't?'"
They are still illegal in a few states but starting to get more available in most areas, There were two USDA breeders within two hours of us. Like Milocalwinnings said they are fairly finicky, especially regarding temperature, there is also some great info on the hedgehog forums if anyone is thinking of getting one.
She gets grumpy when you first pick her up but soon uncurls and loves to explore. She reminds me of a mouse wearing a prickle suit.
mildot- Not super cuddly but they are only prickly when upset or startled, when they are relaxed they will lay their quills down.
Milocalwinnings- such cute hedgies! looks like you had fun with them.