Hedgehogs can make great pets if you know what it takes to keep them happy and healthy. Hedgies gained popularity as pets with the rise of the "Sonic the Hedgehog" video game series. This, unfortunately, led to an increase in the number of abandoned and ignored hedgehogs. A little research and information before bringing one of these pets home can go a long way toward making sure they are a good fit in your life.
Hedgehogs should be let out of their cage on a daily basis. This time should include time with you. At first you may want to use a towel of blanket to pick them up because they will, most likely, be little nervous toward you. Once they are accustomed to you and your scent they will relax their quills and can be very affectionate toward you. Extended isolation will make them unfriendly and uptight.
Many knowledgeable hedgie owners recommend feeding your pet a high quality cat food rather than foods that are packaged for hedgehogs. The reason for this is that because cats are more popular there is more of a demand for cat food which results in higher quality ingredients. In the long run, this is more cost effective, anyway. You can buy cat food in bulk as long as you keep it from getting wet. For treats, crickets and mealworms are hedgie favorites. These can be purchased either live or frozen. Sometimes there will be a preference for one type over the other.
Despite their need for attention and affection, hedgehogs enjoy solitude from time to time. The larger the cage the better but they don't need as much space as some other pets. Glass aquariums do not make good cages because of the poor airflow. Wire mesh cages are widely available and work very well for housing. The cage should be kept in a dry area of the house. The temperature, also, needs to be kept above 62 degrees to prevent your pet from starting to hibernate.
Hedgehogs are unique pets that can be faithful companions if cared for properly and kept healthy.