10 Things You Didn't Know About Hedgehogs

10 Things You Didn't Know About Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are the new cats
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From Instagram accounts, Vines, and Buzzfeed articles, the Internet is filled with these cute little creatures. Hedgehogs have recently become a very popular animal thanks to the Internet and everyone seems to love them, but you probably don't know very much about these exotic animals. If you are thinking of becoming a hedgehog owner or just want to increase your trivia knowledge, here are 10 things you didn't know about hedgehogs.

*Important Note: There are over 16 different species of hedgehogs. These facts relate to the African pygmy hedgehog, the species most commonly kept as pets.


1. Hedgehogs are prickly

Hedgehogs have between 5,000-7,000 quills all over their body. Hedgehogs go through a process called quilling where they lose their baby quills and new larger quills come in. Quilling is compared to teething for babies and is very painful for the hedgehog.


2. Hedgehogs have poor eyesight

Hedgehogs rely mostly on hearing and smelling to sense what is around them because their eyesight is so poor. When handling hedgehogs don't approach them too quickly because they can't see you coming and will become frightened and quill up.


3. Hedgehogs are nocturnal

Hedgehogs sleep all day and are most active during the night. This doesn't mean you can't wake them during they day, but their natural sleep cycle is opposite of humans and they do become grumpy when they are woken up in the middle of their night's sleep.


4. Hedgehogs are illegal in some states

Hedgehogs are illegal in Maine, Arizona, California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and New York City because they are classified as wild animals. If you live in one of these states, owning a hedgehog is a crime.


5. Hedgehogs are solitary creatures

Baby hedgehogs need their mother to survive in their first weeks of life, but other than that hedgehogs should be kept alone unless of course you are breeding them.


6. Hedgehogs are not related to porcupines

Hedgehog quills are not bared or infused with poison like porcupines quills are. Hedgehogs are also classified as insectivores, although their diet consists of plants and animal proteins as well.


7. Hedgehogs are expensive pets

Do not be deceived because they are small, the cost of buying and obtaining a hedgehog adds up quick. The hedgehog itself will probably costs between $175-$200 if you get one from a credible breeder. By the time you are done getting the cage, heating system, and accessories, your total cost will probably be somewhere around $500.


8. Hedgehogs can hibernate

While some hedgehog species can successfully hibernate, hibernation for the African pygmy hedgehog means death. Hedgehogs will attempt hibernation if not kept in a correct lighting and at the right temperature, this is why a heating and lighting system is necessary for your hedgehog's life.


9. Hedgehogs are prone to sickness

Mites, Cancer, and Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome are just a few of the many sicknesses hedgehogs may face throughout their life. The average life span of a hedgehog is about five years.


10. Hedgehogs make good companions

Even though they can be prickly and grumpy sometimes, having a hedgehog will enrich your life. They love to cuddle up on your chest and burrow in your clothes. Plus they look super cute in hats.

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11 Signs You're An Australian Shepherd Owner

Because life is better with an Australian Shepherd.
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There's no doubt that Australian Shepherds are one of a kind. People know them for their intelligence and agility, but Aussie owners know them for their sweetness and dorkiness. They are an incredibly loyal breed and want nothing more than to please their owners. If you are lucky enough to own an Aussie, never let them go. Here are 11 signs you own one of these amazing dogs:

1. You have a shadow that follows you around wherever you go.

You're attuned to the pitter-patter of paws hitting the floor behind you.

2. Your house is nicely decorated with their fur.

3. And so are your clothes.

4. You don't need a gym membership because trying to keep up with your Aussie is all the exercise you need.

5. You have the world's worst guard dog.

Because of their friendly nature, your Aussie greets guests with tons of kisses and body-wagging. You know they'd do the same with robbers, which is why you always double check the doors at night.

6. You know that all toys have to be checked (unstuffed) for security purposes.

Most toys last about .006 seconds -- if that.

7. You genuinely think that your dog is more attractive than you.

Because it's true...just look at them.

8. You love to show off all of the tricks they know.

Aussies are very intelligent and eager-to-please, making them quick learners!

9. You have the best nap time partner.

They may be full of energy, but sometimes they want nothing more than to snuggle up with their person.

10. Your pup patiently puts up with all of your shenanigans.

11. You know you have the most loving dog in the world.

OK, you may be a little biased, but it's hard not to be when you're the owner of an Aussie.
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Every Household Needs A Dog

Dog lovers have got it right.

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Whether it's 101 Dalmatians or a St. Bernard named Beethoven, every household needs a dog. Forget cats, fish, and hamsters! They have their perks but nothing beats a dog. I mean look at that face!


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Here are eight reasons dogs are a must:

1. They are great with kids

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When trained properly, dogs make great playmates for kids. They give children the opportunity to develop and interact with the natural world around them.

2. They are protective

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From the smallest pup to the largest dog, all dogs will protect your home from any danger. Whether it is from a lizard that crept in or a burglar, your dog will alarm you of any unwanted guests.

3. They make great companions

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Dogs have a great intuition to tell if you are feeling down. They are readily there to offer comfort. Dogs also are always ready to celebrate with you. They jump even at the simple act of you coming home.

4. They love to cuddle

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Cold nights watching Netflix just got 100 times better with your furry friend. They will even cover your eyes during the scary parts of the movie.

5. They make you laugh

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Dogs have their own sense of humor that is incomparable to any other. With simply chasing their tails, you can be entertained for hours.

6. They bring you gifts

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Dogs are generous by nature. They see your shoes on the ground, they will bring them to you. They see a cool stick, they'll want you to see it too.

7. They are loyal

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I've never seen a service cat. But I sure have seen a service dog. Dogs are loyal and obedient. Once you fall for each other, they never leave your side.

8. They are adorable

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Finally, dogs are just so darn cute! How can you say no to loving them!!

Dogs are the best! You can have other pets, but a dog is a must.


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