Our Baby Hedgehog update

It has been just over two weeks since we welcomed our newest family member, a baby hedgehog.  Last I posted, we still did not know what we were going to name this cute little guy. But after lots of thinking and some debate, we decided on Nigel.

I have been doing my best to post to social media sharing pictures of him and our daily fun. It was not hard to get into a routine with him. He is active first thing in the morning, and just before bed, then all through the night. He loves his wheel and often poops while running. This causes quite the mess for me in the morning.

Most often he hides under a pillow case we placed in his enclosure. He has a fancy igloo and snuggle tent but seems to like this best. Sometimes he sleeps in the shavings under his wheel or even in his tube.

Picking him up gets tricky as his quills when scared stand straight out and are quite sharp. They feel like paper cuts on my hand. However, as he calms down, they relax and it is easier to hold him. His underside (belly) is fur and quite soft.

Blue, our rescued Macaw is quite curious and somewhat jealous of the attention Nigel is receiving. Our labs however, really do not seem to care too much!

He seems to be growing and I see him sniffing the air when we get close. I read they recognize scent and associate us with food. We have all been under the weather for the last few weeks, but I am hoping to get more of a routine with him as we get better.


Exploring with Nigel #hedgehogsofinstagram #hedgehog #hedgiesofinstagram #hedgies #hedgie #pet #exoticpet #familytime

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Thanks to a friend of mine, I have found a forum that is full of great info and other hedgehog owners. I have also found lots of instagram accounts from all over the world. These accounts are full of people sharing their daily adventures with their beloved hedgehogs.

I will be sure to keep you all posted on Instagram of what we have been doing with this little guy. In the meantime, if you have a hedgehog I would love to hear about your experiences.

Thank you to everyone who is tagging me in cute videos and pictures as well.


  1. So cute!!!

  2. nenasinclair says

    Aww, so adorable! We have one and he’s a year and a half now. His name is Sonic lol my grandson named him!

  3. oh I follow a few hedgehog accounts, that jazzy cat who’s got a go pro, as well as a ton of cats and ferrets

  4. Glad to hear you found a community of hedgehog accounts/forums. Since it is such a unique pet, that extra information must be really nice to have! Looking forward to seeing more of Nigel!

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