National Hedgehog Day, on February 2, tends to live in the “shadow” of Groundhog Day. And yes, there is a difference. You know those cute little balls of joy that have taken social media by storm? We are talking hedgehogs! Thanks to Instagram, these little babies have grown massively in popularity and now have an entire day dedicated to celebrating them. Want one as a pet? That’s a thorny subject. Read on to discover what it’s like to bring one of these cute creatures into your home.
National Hedgehog Day timeline
"Sonic the Hedgehog" game released
People may not have known much about hedgehogs prior to this, but that all changed with the introduction of the famous video game.
- February 2, 1887
First Groundhog Day
This marked the day that groundhogs officially replaced hedgehogs.
The word "hedgehog" first appeared
They love hedgerows, after all. Other names include urchin and hedgepig.
National Hedgehog Day Activities
Check on its shadow
Check your hedgehog's shadow — if you're lucky enough to own one.
Give your hedgehog its favorite treat
They love vegetables, crickets, cooked meats, and fruits.
Adopt a hedgehog of your own
Not everyone can pull this off, but if you want one — and they're legal in your state — make sure you can care for it properly.
4 Reasons You'll Love Having A Hedgehog
They show a wide range of emotions.
Happy, shy, calm, feisty. Hedgehogs, like other pets, will definitely let you know how they feel.
Hedgehogs are low maintenance
All these little creatures require is water, food, love, and warmth.
Hedgehogs are hypoallergenic
Because they produce very little dander, hedgehogs make great pets for people who typically are prone to dander allergies.
Hedgehogs are fine with being alone
We don't suggest leaving your little hedgehog alone all the time, but since they are solitary creatures, they will not get depressed if you're stuck at work for the day. Just be sure to give them attention when you can.
Why We Love National Hedgehog Day
Hedgehogs were the original groundhogs
They used hedgehogs before groundhogs to figure out when spring would arrive. So you can thank hedgehogs for Groundhog Day.
You can (maybe) have one as a pet
It depends on where you live. They are not legal everywhere. The upside? They sure are adorable. Plus, they're quiet. The only noise they tend to make is a cute purring sound. However, having a hedgehog as a pet is something that takes dedication and care, as they are not your typical house pet. Make sure to do your research!
Hedgehogs could make you Insta-famous
Social media has voted. Hedgehogs are way cute!