Hedgehogs as housepets? Hedgehog breeder and trainer Jennifer Crespo, of Gardner, Mass., holds "Circus," a one-year-old pet hedgehog
Hedgehogs as housepets?
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They are tiny animals with cute faces. They're covered in quills. They roll into prickly balls when they are scared.

But are they an ideal pet? Some say yes.

Hedgehogs give off little odor. They often live alone. That makes them a good pet for those with a busy lifestyle.

"A hedgehog can hang out all day while you are at work," breeder Jennifer Crespo says. "You can come home, hang out with it for a couple of hours or put it away." Crespo lives in Massachusetts.

The attraction to the animals may have started with a video game. In it, "Sonic" is a blue hedgehog who runs at super high speeds. He curls into a ball to attack its enemies.

An Instagram account set up by the owners of a hedgehog named Biddy in Oregon has nearly 370,000 followers. National Geographic Magazine put a hedgehog on the cover of its April edition. It was to illustrate a trend of people owning exotic animals.

Hedgehogs are steadily growing in the U.S. They are banned or restricted as pets in six states. So check to see if they are OK in your state.

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COMMENTS (15)
  • John0724-YYCA
    6/04/2014 - 05:48 p.m.

    The little hedgehogs looks really cute but the spikes makes him look really deadly. But I thought only porcupines have spikes on there back but maybe I was wrong. The hedgehogs remind how much I liked Sonic when I was little.

    • Jason0421-YYCA
      6/05/2014 - 08:49 p.m.

      REBUTTAL:
      John, I think that you should read the article more closer. In this article, it talks about how hedgehogs can be useful and very easy to keep with. The article shows that the hedgehog is less odorless than dog and cats, and it also tells you that hedgehogs almost act like dogs and cats.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    6/05/2014 - 09:19 p.m.

    REBUTTAL: John, I disagree with you because in the article, it says that hedgehogs produce the salmonella bacterium. If you have only 10 of those microscopic bacteria, then you can get sick. You have to be very careful when handling hedgehogs because they have sharp quills.

  • mc30police
    6/06/2014 - 12:55 p.m.

    I dont know if i would want to have a pet like this because of the size, and how much you have to take care of them.

  • Ashley0207-yyca
    6/17/2014 - 01:39 p.m.

    Wow hedgehogs are so cute! The thing is that I don't know where to find hedgehogs to be pets. So I felt very pleased because I've never seen people have hedgehogs as pets.

  • Brandon1231-YYCA
    7/17/2014 - 01:43 p.m.

    REBUTTAL
    I think that you are wrong about having people take care of hedgehogs. I think that people are killing animals slowly by slowly because they are having more and more animals to keep as pets. Why would you be pleased about other people have hedgehogs. These peoples re killing them because they are not in there natural habitat. I think that you should know that animals are dyeing out because of us. We are thinking about so much about our selves that we are killing animals that we have.

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    7/25/2014 - 03:28 p.m.

    I think that you didn't read the article close enough. If you were to read the article more closely you would have known that this article is about how useful the hedgehog is and also how much better it is than other pets. Also the article talks about how hedgehogs are less odorless than cats and dogs. So I think that you should read the article more carefully so that you can write a comment for any article.

  • Jaydenw4-Sch
    9/19/2014 - 02:27 p.m.

    Okay so first i would not like to have a baby hedgehog in my house because it would poke me every time I'd pick it up. Hedgehogs look cool but i would not have one as a home pet.

  • mackenzielST11
    9/22/2014 - 09:49 a.m.

    I would to have a hedgehog as a house pet. I think they are so cute. I love pets. I would put him in a hamster ball and make him run around the house. I would name him Spike. Where would I get one? How long do they live?

  • lacyn-Bla
    1/18/2015 - 10:24 a.m.

    This article is about a hedgehog as a pet.Hedgehog like to be alone and you have to train them you don,t have to teach them to sit or stay hedgehogs are good house pets.You have to be careful if a hedgehog is afraid they will curl up in a ball and that is my summery

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