Is it smart to pet a hedgehog?
If you have found a hedgehog, you are probably wondering whether it is smart to pet one. The small mammals look very cute, but you should never touch these animals. The situation is different with a helpless animal.
It is not smart to pet a hedgehog
Sometimes hedgehogs seem helplessly wandering. You in most cases, the animals are not in distress, so it is not smart to pet the hedgehog. The mammal is in search of food, because it needs to eat enough winter fat for its hibernation. Only if the animal is injured or makes a sick impression should you seek help immediately from a vet or in a hedgehog sanctuary.
How you can help the hedgehog
Support him in his search for food by setting up a feeding station or offering him a drinking trough with fresh water. Even an underweight hedgehog should not be taken into your care out of a misconceived love of animals. If the little guy has got used to his feeding place in your garden, he will regularly appear there in the evening. Suitable food for the hedgehog is wet cat food, unseasoned scrambled eggs or fried and unseasoned minced meat.
Under no circumstances should you give the hedgehog leftovers or fruit. Milk is also absolutely taboo for the hedgehog. So that the hedgehog does not become additionally ill, you should remove food remains every day and clean the bowls thoroughly.
This is how your garden should look
To ensure that the hedgehog feels at home with you all year round, you should make sure that your garden is designed in a natural way. It is sufficient if you let a corner become overgrown. There the Hedgehog spiders, insects and also worms.
Danger when petting hedgehogs?
You should avoid contact with the popular garden animal in any case. Because of the spines, you should always wear gloves when you touch the prickly fellow. Furthermore, the gloves protect you from transmissible diseases and Hedgehog parasites. Even the Feces of a hedgehog you should remove only with gloves.
Garden animal - A life with nature
Welcome to my animal blog! My name is Dirk and I am happy to take you on my journey through the fascinating world of animals and gardening.
Born 54 years ago, I have had an insatiable curiosity for the animal world around me since childhood. Although I have moved professionally in other industries, my true passion has always been animals and nature. It is remarkable how a small garden has become such an important part of my life.
Many of my fondest memories are associated with the animals that share our home. Whether it's the curious squirrels that scurry across the trees in the morning, the colorful variety of birds that visit our feeders, or the busy bees and butterflies that pollinate our flowers, every moment with them is invaluable to me.
This blog is my contribution to share my experiences, discoveries and insights with like-minded people. Here I will share stories of unforgettable encounters with animals, give tips on gardening and creating wildlife-friendly habitats, and take you on my journeys through nature.
Thank you so much for being here!
Dirk aka garden animal