Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic

2826 HWY 2
Bowmanville, ON L1C 3K5

(905)623-4431

www.bowmanvilleveterinaryclinic.com

HOUSING YOUR PET HEDGEHOG

 

What type of cage does my pet hedgehog require?

The cage should allow a lot of movement by the hedgehog. Walls must be high enough to prevent escape. A glass aquarium is used by some owners; others use dog or cat carriers or cages suitable for rabbits or ferrets. Care should be used if wire-bottom cages are provided as the hedgehog can easily injure a foot in the wire; the wire bottom must be thoroughly covered (as with Plexiglas).

 

Hedgehogs are very susceptible to extremes in temperature. Heat stroke is possible with temperatures above 85 oF (29 oC). Temperatures below 60o F (16 oC) may induce hibernation, which is not recommended due to problems with disease.

 

My pet seems lonely. Can I house more than one hedgehog in each cage?

While hedgehogs can be housed in groups, fights can occur, especially if adequate space is not available. For this reason, most owners choose to house only one pet per cage.

 

What can I place in my hedgehog's cage?

A hiding box, such as a cardboard box or plastic flowerpot, works well.

 

What about toys?

 Chew toys can also be placed in the cage, although they are not necessary. The smallest piece of the toy should be too big to be swallowed by the hedgehog.

 

Does my pet hedgehog need bedding material in his cage?

 Pine wood shavings make a safe bedding substrate for your hedgehog.

 

Anything else I need to know? 

 Cages should be cleaned at least weekly, with soap and water (rinse well), or when they become dirty as hedgehogs are susceptible to skin irritations from urine and feces.

 

This client information sheet is based on material written by Shawn Messonnier, DVM.

© Copyright 2002 Lifelearn Inc. Used with permission under license. February 22, 2018.