Zoologists know 16 species of birds, and anyone can live with a man. Before you decide to have such a pet, think about whether you will be able to provide him with decent living conditions. Hedgehog home requires a lot of space, he should live in the aviary, the size of which depends on the individual (from 1 m2 for dwarf eared hedgehogs, or up to 9 m2 for ordinary individuals). Put in a special cage wheel, water bottle and feeder at house if desired. In addition, this animal need daily walks around the apartment for at least two to three hours.
Hedgehogs can not be washed, for their strong watershock, which may also undermine health. But they are happy to take hygiene bath of fine sand and special fillers. These domestic animals almost impossible to teach to the tray, but usually they choose one of the corners of his cage, and you can only put there a tank with sawdust. Clean up in the cage and change the bedding is better not more often than once a week, the animals difficult to survive a change of scenery.
Many species of birds in winter hibernate. Treat this period with the utmost seriousness.
Where to buy a hedgehog?
Do not buy a home hedgehog on natural marketsfrom casual sellers, such animal may be old or sick. Be sure to check the documents, which indicates the origin and age of the animal.
In no case do not take into the house of the wild hedgehogs usually on such timber away a lot of ticks, wild animals bite and difficult to tame.
Pet can be purchased in special nurseries or in zoos. Price three-month baby in Moscow about 10 thousand rubles.
What to feed a hedgehog home?
Jerzy - predators in the wild they feed on insectsand small rodents. For many becomes discovery that they do not drink milk, do not eat apples and fungi. Prepare for the fact that, along with a pretty new pet in your apartment inhabit a variety of cockroaches, crickets and beetles. They should be 50-70% of the diet.
In addition, home urchins can feed miceworms or meat (any lean meat), eggs, and sometimes vegetables or fruit. They must feed 1-2 times per day. Avoid overeating, as the animals themselves are not able to control hunger.
Strongly contraindicated dairy products, cabbage, canned food, pork, fish, sweets, nuts, potatoes, bananas, all salted, smoked and fried foods.
These animals do not like the invasion of their territory,they live in pairs, but usually get along well with other pets. Hedgehogs are very sensitive to unfamiliar smells and sounds, they can get sick or become noisy and aggressive from the constant stress. Experienced owners are not advised to start such an exotic pet in a home where there are children or crowded.