Whilst they have long been seen as quite a prickly customer and a creature which isn’t really suitable for keeping as a pet, many more people are now embracing their local wildlife and the animals they can find in their garden, and are deciding that hedgehogs might just make the perfect docile family pet. Most people who keep hedgehogs do so because they’ve found that they were regular visitors in their garden. They might have put food out for them during the cold winter months or found one which needed a little bit of care and thus they took on the task themselves. However, it should be pointed out that, unless you know what you’re doing, the best thing you could do for a hedgehog is to call in the RSPCA or take it to your local vet. Any animal deserves the best possible care and, unless you can provide that, you need to take it to someone who can.

Hedgehogs have long been a treasured national animal; they’ve been around in our popular culture for many years. From Beatrix Potter to the Animals of Farthing Wood, hedgehogs have been a staple of our childhoods and our literature for years and this is why, despite their quite odd appearance, many people feel so endeared towards them. They turn up in dark places in our gardens, in our garages and sheds and we do feel an urge to take care of them- we really need to know how to do it properly though, otherwise it’s just not fair to the animal.

If you are going to take on the care of a hedgehog then you might want to get support from various societies and charities which are out there and you should also consider insurance so that, if your rescued pet needs any medical treatment, you will be able to afford it. However, obviously keeping a hedgehog is a very unusual choice and thus you may well have problems finding pet insurance, even from the companies who specialise in exotic species. If you are confident you can provide the highest level of care then taking on a hedgehog could very well be an enhancing and exciting project however, if you have any doubts, then you should really leave it to the professionals and take your found hedgehog to the vest or call the RSPCA. It’s just fairer on the animal that way.