The Best Small Pets for Kids – Green Matters

The hedgehog often gets overlooked as a family’s first, small pet, and for good reason. They’re not the most well-known type of pet in comparison to fish and other animals, but also because owning a hedgehog as a pet is not legal in every state.

Owning a pet hedgehog is legal in most states in the U.S., except for California, Pennsylvania, Hawai’i, Georgia, and the Five Boroughs of New York City, according to Hamor Hollow Hedgehogs. (Residents in New Jersey and Wisconsin can legally own a hedgehog, but may require veterinary inspection and permits first.)

Hedgehogs can be social little pets that provide emotional support and can make children happy. Caring for hedgehogs can also give a child a sense of purpose and responsibility, however, there are also potential disadvantages to owning a hedgehog. 

In an interview with Parents, Dr. Quesenberry explained that hedgehogs — while cute, affable, and small enough for young hands to hold — tend to require a lot of veterinary care. Dr. Quesenberry said, “Hedgehogs require more care and are prone to more health problems than other small pets. They have a higher incidence of disease and sometimes develop oral cancer and get mites, so your vet bills may be a bill higher for a hedgehog.”

Ultimately, the decision of which small pet to get is up to you and your family. If you think the benefits of owning a hedgehog outweigh the downsides, then the hedgehog could be the right pet for