My first post for my new re-vamped blog is, of course, about my spikey house mates. If you follow my Instagram there is no doubt that you’ve already seen endless photographs of my pet hedgehogs- they’re just too cute not to pap! My direct messages always seem to be filled with hedgehog care or general hedge-baby questions- so I have decided to make this a regular topic for my blog. I am by no means an expert, but Pippa, Autumn & myself are excited to share our journey with you!
So… what are African Pygmy Hedgehogs? APH’s are the most popular type of domesticated hedgehog in the UK. They are much smaller than European hedgehogs (that we see in our garden) & 100% cuteness over-load. They differ from wild hedgehogs for their preferred environment, diet & unique personalities. It is important to mention that these are exotic pets & take a lot of time & effort to care for. Despite the urge that might over-come you when you see memes of cute hedgehogs- it’s important not to impulse buy *adult speech over*. In future posts I will go into more detail about hedgehog care- but for now, let’s meet the gang!
In 2016 it all began. Just before Christmas Pippa joined the family. She was a grumpy, huffy ball of spikes after the long car journey from York (where we collected her). After an hour or so, when this timid little hedgehog decided to uncurl & explore, I was instantly in love.
It didn’t take long for Pippa to trust us. As many people with these wonderful pets understand, this ball of love & I have developed a unique bond. She knows who I am & understands me as her safety net. She will happily explore & play but when she is unsure about something unfamiliar she runs right back to me. She loves a cuddle, loves to play tug-of-war, takes teddys to bed with her and is the sassiest, selfie-loving hedgehog I know. *queue selfie*
Now to the other ball of attitude. Autumn. Autumn is from the African Pygmy Hedgehog Club Rescue. She was found at a wild hedgehog rescue centre, being cared for as one of their own. As previously mentioned, this is not suitable & she got ill. Her age & sex were unknown when she first arrived. She was very grumpy & her description included ‘a loving home with patience’. After upgrading Pippa from a condo to a mansion, a spare vivarium & an obsession with hedgehogs meant only one thing. I was up for the challenge.
Surprisingly Autumn hasn’t been too much of a challenge. With lots of time earning her trust, & extra meal worms of course, Autumn now seems very happy in her new home. Some people roll their eyes when I tell them that APH’s have very individual personalities- but they do! Autumn is stubborn & when she doesn’t want to do something, she won’t do it. Plain and simple. She is an adventurer & loves nothing more than to roam around. She is also very happy to fall asleep in your arms when she has tired herself out.
So there you go, a whistle-stop tour of my hedgehogs. You will be seeing a lot more from them! Thank you for reading! Cyber hedge-hugs are coming your way from Pippa & Autumn!
Keep an eye out for my next hedgehog blog & feel free to post any questions/ comments below!
Kayleigh Rose x