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Old 04-05-2019, 08:42 PM
 
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Get her a horse. Much better than a hedgehog.

Seriously, hedgehogs are cute, but that doesn't make them a good or practical pet. What about a tarantula?
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Old 04-05-2019, 10:35 PM
 
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How about a really soft stuffed hedgehog?
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Old 04-06-2019, 12:28 AM
 
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Guinea pigs are great pets, if your daughter wants a pet she can cuddle, feed, and interact with. I have four guinea pigs and they answer to their names, chirp when they see us walk past the cage, beg for veggies, and come up to be petted. They also snuggle in your arms and make happy noises when you pet them.

The downside to guinea pigs is that they're expensive to care for, because they need fresh veggies and unlimited hay every day. They also need a good-sized cage and a buddy to share it with. When they get sick, the vet care can be kind of expensive too. But they're such friendly little guys that it seems like it's worth all the trouble. After years of keeping hedgehogs, who are mostly indifferent, it was a big change to have guinea pigs, who actually like their humans.
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Old 04-06-2019, 03:10 AM
 
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They are cool pets, though like rodents, they are nocturnal, and not the kind of pet you can interact as in with cats or dogs.
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Old 04-06-2019, 10:23 AM
 
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Every animal shelter in this country will soon be overrun with beautiful, cuddly, friendly puppies and kittens, from cats and dogs whose owners were irresponsible and failed to have them spayed/neutered.

I suggest that you take your daughter to your local animal shelter in about a month, let her visit the cats and dogs that are available, and see what happens. A kitten - or better yet, two kittens about the same age who could play together and keep each other company during work/school hours - would be a much better choice than a hedgehog. Ditto a puppy.

I don't know your housing situation, but a kitten or adult cat makes good indoor pet and is a little more self-sufficient than a puppy or adult dog. Easier to train to use a litter box, and you don't have to walk a cat every day. Both cats and dogs are beautiful animals, affectionate, cuddly, intelligent and much more likely to be interactive with their people than a hedgehog would be.
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Old 04-06-2019, 11:02 AM
 
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Guinea pigs are great pets, if your daughter wants a pet she can cuddle, feed, and interact with. I have four guinea pigs and they answer to their names, chirp when they see us walk past the cage, beg for veggies, and come up to be petted. They also snuggle in your arms and make happy noises when you pet them.

The downside to guinea pigs is that they're expensive to care for, because they need fresh veggies and unlimited hay every day. They also need a good-sized cage and a buddy to share it with. When they get sick, the vet care can be kind of expensive too. But they're such friendly little guys that it seems like it's worth all the trouble. After years of keeping hedgehogs, who are mostly indifferent, it was a big change to have guinea pigs, who actually like their humans.
We loved our guinea pig, and just had the one. He was very affectionate and we even took him on road trips. When left out of his cage, though, he'd chew through electrical wires. I don't remember any problem with hay or veg's. Get a whole bale and cover it in the backyard, if that's an issue. Feed store; not pet store.

Exotic pets are usually an unwise choice. We had a chinchilla for awhile; not friendly, too active....
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Old 04-06-2019, 11:20 AM
 
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Is there an exotic rescue in your area? If so they may need some assistance from time to time, and this may give your daughter an opportunity to actually see some hedgehogs close up.
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Old 04-06-2019, 11:40 AM
 
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Google all about caring for hedgehogs. Hint: This will not be the snuggly-thing she might think it is. Find out why she wants a hedgehog and then do research together.

My sister bought her husband a hedgehog for Christmas, because he really wanted one. It spends all of it's time burrowed into shavings and has now begun menstruating and running its sexual frustration out on the wheel in its cage, covering it in blood, with pine shavings sticking to it. It's menstruating because of his pheromones turning her on. Good times.

Some times, it's important to understand WHY we want something.

Awesome post!!!!! Never knew about cross-species pheromones!

PS, my wife had a pet hedgehog back before we met and she said she was a good pet. She'd burrow and was generally not Prickly once she got to know my wife... but she was prickly if anyone else tried to pick her up. Sort of like a guinea pig -- a quiet, chill small animal-- that could be prickly when not in the mood to be pet.
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Old 04-06-2019, 02:05 PM
 
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Google all about caring for hedgehogs. Hint: This will not be the snuggly-thing she might think it is. Find out why she wants a hedgehog and then do research together.

My sister bought her husband a hedgehog for Christmas, because he really wanted one. It spends all of it's time burrowed into shavings and has now begun menstruating and running its sexual frustration out on the wheel in its cage, covering it in blood, with pine shavings sticking to it. It's menstruating because of his pheromones turning her on. Good times.

Some times, it's important to understand WHY we want something.
According to a quick online check, hedgehogs do not menstruate - but do get urinary tract infections which can produce blood.

Please tell your sister and brother-in-law to take the hedgehog to the vet - she is probably suffering, and bleeding from a UTI has nothing to do with human pheromones or being "turned on", nor does its time running on the wheel indicate sexual frustration.

Learning more about hedgehog physiology might also be indicated.
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Old 04-07-2019, 09:32 AM
 
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This is a very bad idea.

Leave hedgehogs in the wild.

By buying your daughter a hedgegog you support a trade that takes these wild animals out of their natural habitat and turns them into playthings for adults. Since the hedgehogs have no idea what is going on, they don't participate and end up leading very prison like lives.

Just don't.
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