My brother was so nice to volunteer me to care for his friend's hedgehog, Pickles, this winter break. It has only been three days, but I think I have gathered enough knowledge to accurately impart this on the public.
  1. They cannot tell you in words what it is that they want/need, so you must be a keen observer
  2. They sleep almost all day and wake up in the middle of the night, so be well rested during the day to devote your 2-4 AM block to monitoring them
  3. If you're struggling, there's no shame in it! Just hit up an online forum for the finest, most detailed, most opinionated, and the most thorough-to-the-point-of-fear information you won't find anywhere else
  4. Don't bother them while they're sleeping/don't wake them up
    Trust me, it's better for both parties
  5. Snuggle with them
  6. They will bite, so hold them in a cloth to restrain them from drawing blood
  7. Clean up after their poop
  8. Hedgehogs foam at the mouth. Babies drool. Pay no mind- it's totally normal! Or it's rabies
  9. Your parents might not approve if you get one of your own too soon, so be rash, defensive, and on edge around the clock to counter their snide comments
  10. Leave dishes of food and water out for them to feed themselves
    They'll know what to do
  11. If your hands are full, just toss 'em in the front pocket of your sweatshirt
  12. Clean up after their poop
  13. If you have exhausted your resources and patience and really and truly find that you cannot care for your little guy, just return him
  14. Keep them in cages
  15. Don't be afraid to breastfeed