Pet Connection: Hedgehog as a pet? Don’t bristle at these do’s before you buy one

Hedgehogs are crazy cute. That’s probably the main reason people get them as pets. And they are unique.

It’s not everyone who can say that his roommate is an African pygmy hedgehog.

“They’re just cool,” says veterinarian Scott Weldy of Serrano Animal and Bird Hospital in Lake Forest, who keeps two hedgehogs.

Not surprisingly, though, these bristly little critters have some special needs. Read on to see if a hedgehog is a good match for you.