Today, I thought I would show you our hedgehog, Hedgie:
We have all been fascinated by hedgehogs since reading Jan Brett’s books. Jan is one of my favorite children’s author/illustrators (check out her website – it’s great!), and she loves hedgehogs. She tries to sneak a hedgehog into each of her books!
My middle daughter decided she wanted a REAL hedgehog. So, in November 2006 my middle sister bought her one!
Hedgie the hedgehog has provided us with plenty of adventure. One day during the first months we had her, Hedgie escaped her cage (at night – hedgehogs are nocturnal). The girls and I searched everywhere before finding her curled up under a toy truck a few bedrooms down (I am very glad she didn’t attempt to go down the stairs!).
Hedgie eats dry cat food, although in the wild hedgehogs eat bugs. For treats, we feed her live mealworms.
Hedgie loves to run on a large wheel in her cage. I read that hedgehogs often run 5 miles each night on these! Yes, it can get loud – but my daughter swears it doesn’t keep her awake, even though Hedgie’s cage is in her bedroom.
Hedgehogs curl up in balls, which is very cute. When I get her out and let her walk around the kitchen, she always stays close to the walls and makes her way around the room.