The Mini Hedgehog (hedgehog) is a very cute nocturnal animal. The characteristic of this Mini Hedgehog is that it has thorns on its back and has a tiny body. No wonder many people want to keep it.
Note That They Are Unique
But before we buy these adorable animals we first need to know some ways to care for mini hedgehogs. So that the mini hedgehogs that we keep will live long and not die quickly. Therefore, I will share my experiences from adopting the Mini Hedgehog to my Mini Hedgehog producing children.
First of all, before we buy the Mini Hedgehog, we must prepare the cage and resting place first, so that if we have adopted the Hedgehog, it can be directly stored in its cage.
Prepare Its Nestling
The first thing we have to prepare is to prepare a rather large aquarium, for example, 100x40x40 cm. Mini Hedgehog can be comfortable and free in its cage. Then after that, we fill the sawdust into the aquarium. The powder is filled approximately until the powder is 2 fingers high. After the powder is evenly filled, then prepare a place to drink and eat. Don’t forget to also prepare a hiding hedgehog in the form of a “hiding box”.
Mini hedgehogs are very shy animals, it is only natural that when this is the first time they are kept mini-hedgehogs they often raise their spines or roll like a ball because they are not used to our existence. Therefore, we must always invite him to play every day with us, so the Mini Hedgehog will get used to it and not be afraid anymore like when it was first adopted.
The food that Mini Hedgehog needs is in the form of Catfood or Dogfood which is available at Petshop or bird food places. Don’t overdo it with cat food/dog food, give it 3 spoons in the morning, and 2 spoons at night. Mini Hedgehogs also need snacks, for example, Hong Kong caterpillars, German caterpillars, and crickets. But I prefer to give the Mini Hedgehog Hong Kong caterpillar or German caterpillar because if the crickets are like small spikes on its legs, it could hurt the Mini Hedgehog’s mouth.
The dose of Hong Kong caterpillar is 2 tablespoons every 2 days for adults and 1 tablespoon every 2 days for the small Hedgehogs. Why shouldn’t I be giving caterpillars too often? Because it is feared that the Mini Hedgehog only wants to eat caterpillars. And does not want to eat cat food anymore. That makes the Mini Hedgehog obese and has a bad impact on Hedgehog’s health.
The water provided for the Mini Hedgehog to drink is made of boiled water. Don’t give raw water, so that there are no bacteria in the drink. There are several restrictions that should not be given to Mini Hedgehogs, such as milk, chocolate, or fruits with high acidity, which will result in a bad taste of the mini hedgehogs.
Cleaning Your Mini Hedgehog
If mini hedgehog poop is in its cage, we can throw it away by using a spoon so that the powder is not wasted. Once in 2 weeks, drain and clean the aquarium. Just like bathing a Mini Hedgehog, bathe them every 2 or 3 weeks.
For bathing the Mini Hedgehog, you will need these: Lukewarm water, baby shampoo, a toothbrush, hairdryer, and towels.
- After everything is available, put Mini Hedgehog in a tub with warm water.
- Make sure the Mini Hedgehog body’s exposure to the water by letting them swim for 10 seconds.
- Then lift the Mini Hedgehog to a hole that does not contain water.
- Gently brush its back using a brush the teeth that have been given shampoo.
- Don’t forget to brush the lower part of the body and the legs by slowly lifting the mini hedgehog.
- Rinse with warm water. Do it slowly until the body is clean from the shampoo.
- After the bathing process is complete. Lift the mini hedgehog to a clean towel then bundle the mini hedgehog using a towel.
- Dry the Mini Hedgehog using a hairdryer so that the Mini Hedgehog doesn’t get cold and all of its dry body doesn’t get wet anymore.
When we hear the whistling sound of the male and male Mini Hedgehog, it indicates that the Mini Hedgehog is ready to mate. So what we need is to unite the male and female Mini Hedgehogs in one cage. Let the male whistle and turn with the female. During the mating process, the mini hedgehogs will bite each other and hiss loudly.
It is not uncommon for their bodies to bleed, in a situation like this we better not interfere. Better to look at the future, if the female has not raised the spines it is a sign that the male Mini Hedgehog has been accepted by the female. The expert recommends Mini Hedgehog should mate at least 4 months old. So that there is no miscarriage or defects in the Mini Hedgehog baby later.
To check whether the female is pregnant or not by feeling her stomach hard or soft as usual. If when you feel it feels a little hard, it is certain that the female is pregnant. In this situation, separate the female from the male in different cages, usually, the female’s gestation period is around 35 days.
After the baby is born, do not disturb the Mini Hedgehogs or their children. Because the breeders will not breastfeed their children. Even worse, they eat their own children out of their panic. Do not separate the Mini Hedgehogs and their children for 3 months because during that time the Mini Hedgehog babies are still breastfeeding.
How? Caring for a Mini Hedgehog is very easy, right? I hope that this article will make the Mini Hedgehog lovers better understand how to take care of the Mini Hedgehog properly.