What Can I Expect From a Pet Hedgehog?

Iggy the HedgehogI’m sure you have decided that they are just absolutely adorable, but what kind of pets do they make? Hedgehogs are not a perfect pet for just anyone. But, they are a wonderfully unique choice.

Hedgehogs are mostly nocturnal, which means they sleep much of the day and are most active in the evening through morning. If you are planning to provide your hedgehog with a wheel and keep him in your bedroom, you might not get much sleep!

Can I pet my hedgehog like a dog or cat? Well, obviously no, but they do enjoy a little petting on their soft underbelly. Baby hedgehog quills are very pointy and can break the skin. I actually get a tiny allergic reaction to the baby hedgehog quills, but nothing that bothers me. It just gets a little bit red and itchy. Once the duller adult quills come in, you shouldn’t have those troubles. Young children may have trouble trying to hold hedgehogs due to their quills. For this and many other reason, hedgehogs are best in a home without young children.

Temperature must be kept between 72-80 degrees. If this means using a small animal heating pad, then it will need to be purchased. Some houses are more drafty than others and in the winter this can prove deadly to a hedgehog. Their body tries to go into hibernation and can cause death if they aren’t warmed up quickly.

So, what can I actually do with my hedgehog besides watching him? You can handle your hedgehog as much as you would like. The more you handle it, the more friendly it will become and the more bonded it will be with you. You can hold your hedgehog, let him run around on your lap or in safe rooms of the house.

Cats and dogs are usually fine with hedgehogs. They mostly ignore them. This is probably due to the fact that they realize they are not worth the trouble to try to eat. A couple of quills in the face will probably be enough to deter them. If you have a dog with strong hunting instincts though, you will probably want to keep your dog away from your hedgehog to prevent any injuries.

Expect to spot clean your hedgehogs cage at least twice per week. The cage itself will need to be thoroughly cleaned 2 to 4 times per month depending on how much spot cleaning you choose to do. If you choose not to spot clean the cage, you will need to fully clean it out weekly. Hedgehog droppings are similar to a cat.

Hedgehogs do not take up much space and are not smelly (as long as the cage is cleaned properly) and they are a quiet pet. They can be the perfect option for people in apartments. Just don’t expect your hedgehog to be like a dog or cat. They are pretty indifferent and can take a little time to warm up to you. But, who can resist the cuteness? :)

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This is a very helpful post! Keep up the great work.


Thank you for the helpful information! This is a very wonderful website!


Thanks for the kind words! :)


Wow that was very helpful and totally worth the read….now I definitely want a little hedgie to call my own!!(:



Thanks now my hedgie lilac will have a great home and a happy life


This was very helpful as I am getting a hedgehog soon! Thank you!!!


Thanks! I’m doing a report on hedgehogs, so this was good help. :D


This was SUCH a helpful post!


This was so helpful and I cannot wait to get my hedgehog on Sunday ????


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What would happen to the hedgehog if the room it lived in varied from 72 to 90 degrees?
My room often gets to 72 in winter but can rise to 90 in the summer.


Hi. The optimal temperature range for your hedgehog is between 75º – 80ºF. If your room gets below 72º, you should make sure your hedgehog has a heating pad in its cage. In the summer, 90º could be too warm for your hedgehog and cause problems, so we would recommend keeping your hedgehog cage in a cooler spot during those months. For tips on keeping your hedgehog at the right temperature, you can check out this article: https://hedgehogcity.com/keeping-your-hedgehog-warm-preventing-your-hedgehog-from-hibernating/


Hi I’m only 11 and I might get a hedgehog can you please give me some ideas how to care for one and how to make it like you. Also how to get your parents to say yes getting one.😀


Anya – Hi. You can check out these articles on our site http://HedgehogCity.com that can teach you how to care for a hedgehog, how to get them to bond with you, as well as why they make good pets (that you can share with your parents!).



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