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Pet Hedgehogs

Tuft and Garland’s company mascots are two toy hedgehogs, but the whole company team loves live hedgehog pets, too. Here we provide some resources and share our love of these wonderful animals.

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There is an amazing lack of information on the care and habits of these cute creatures

Hedgehog Welfare Society
Cute Pet but Not a Pet for Everyone

A Brief Overview of Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are small mammals with hardened fur called quills native to Asia, Africa, and Europe. There are no hedgehog species native to north America.   Historically, hedgehogs have been domesticated since roman times as pets, for their quills, and even as food. However, the modern domestic hedgehog did not become a popular pet until 1980’s.

There is an amazing lack of information on the care and habits of these cute creatures

Hedgehog Welfare Society

The small animals became popular in the 80’s and after for their cute faces, but people who want to own one should know they are not easily tamed and require special care.  Like many other animals in the exotic animal trade, they may not be an optimal pet for everyone, and they are often returned to sellers, relinquished to hedgehog rescues, or are even mistreated and die. Most hedgehog owners have good intentions when they purchase their hedgehogs but the Hedgehog Welfare Society states that while hedgehogs have grown in popularity, there is an amazing lack of information on the care and habits of these cute creatures.

Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals and very active at night. They love digging and running which can keep pet owners awake. In addition, because the hedgehog has been up all night, they do not take lightly to being woken during the day. Hedgehogs are also typically not fond of being petted but are very intelligent and need lots of enrichment to keep mentally and physically healthy.  They especially love exercise wheels and exploring whenever they get the chance.

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Resources for Healthy Happy Hedgehogs

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Hedgehog Fact Resources

There are great benefits to learning facts and building our knowledge. Scientists have found that knowledge, or what we know, is cumulative and grows when used.  The saying is “the more you know, the more you learn.”   At Tuft and Garland, we think a great way to know more is to learn about hedgehogs. The following sites are just some resources with interesting hedgehog facts.

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Resources for Caring for Hedgehogs

Pets, including hedgehogs, can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, serve as valuable companions, encourage playfulness, and even improve a person’s health. For something so valuable, it makes sense to do everything a person can do to make sure our pets stay healthy and happy.  The following sites are just some of the great ones available that provide information on the proper care and handling of hedgehogs.

Organizations That Can Help with Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are cute but there are times when an owner finds that they cannot care for their pet, or they need help caring for their hedgehog pet.  While in areas where hedgehogs are native, people may also find hedgehogs in need of help and not sure what to do.  That is where the special organizations and societies provided here may be of help.  

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Want to Support Rescue & Care of Pets, Including Hedgehogs?

Send one of Tuft and Garland’s E-cards featuring our toy hedgehog Mascots. For each T&G e-card sent Tuft and Garland will make a contribution to our local pet rescue organization.

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Want to Support Rescue & Care of Pets, Including Hedgehogs?

Send one of Tuft and Garland’s E-cards featuring our toy hedgehog Mascots. For each T&G e-card sent Tuft and Garland will make a contribution to our local pet rescue organization.

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Want to Support Rescue & Care of Pets, Including Hedgehogs?

Stylized graphic of a hedgehog for graphic design interest.

Send one of Tuft and Garland’s E-cards featuring our toy hedgehog Mascots. For each T&G e-card sent Tuft and Garland will make a contribution to our local pet rescue organization.

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Tuft & Garland’s Hedgehog Gallery

Below are some of Tuft and Garland’s favorite live hedgehog photographs. Like one? Click on the photograph to see more info on the photographer and to give the photo a star rating.

Want to send/share your own hedgehog photographs on our site and in our social media posts? Send them to us via our photo submission form. We cannot wait to see them.