Well-cared for domestic hedgehogs live considerably longer than their wild cousins. In the wild, these small insect-eating animals seldom live beyond the age of 3 years. Although you shouldn't bring a baby hedgehog home before he reaches the age of 6 weeks, a young hedgehog is more likely to bond with his owner than an older animal.
Hedgehog Life Span
You can expect your little pet to keep you company for the next four to seven years. In order for him to reach that average life span, you'll need to provide him with a proper diet, housing and care.
Keeping Hedgehogs Healthy
Feed your hedgehog a diet containing quality protein and relatively little fat. If a commercial hedgehog diet is not available in your local pet store, a low-fat, dry cat food formula can fill the bill. He should also receive regular samplings of mealworms, cooked meat, vegetables, fruits and crickets. He should always have access to fresh, clean water. Keep him in a room where the temperature stays at about 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Provide him with places to hide in his cage, as hedgehogs hide when sleeping.
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Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.