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MEET THE HEDGEHOG

There are two types of hedgehogs: European hedgehogs and African pygmy hedgehogs. The latter is the kind we most commonly keep as pets. Hedgehogs have recently become famous for starring in cute internet videos but they are so much more than a sweet face and a ball of quills!

Medium
High

Lifespan

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3 - 5 years

Diet Difficulty

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Medium

Good With Kids

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Older/respectful
children

Care Difficulty

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High

Space Requirement

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Medium

Cleanliness

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Messy

Time Needed Outside Cage

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Low

Human Interaction Needs

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Low

Potty Trainability

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Low

Cuddliness

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Low

CARE GUIDE

SUPPLY LIST

ADOPTABLE

HEDGEHOGS

ENCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

MNPPR Recommends

C & C Cage

Midwest Guinea Habitat

Living World Deluxe XL

Midwest Critter Nations

One of the best cage options is a homemade cage called a C&C (cubes and coroplast) cage. They are fairly easy to make and are quite inexpensive compared to cages sold at pet stores. They are also very easy to clean and provide appropriate space. The bigger the better! If you decide to put in a ramp to add a second story, make sure it is long with a gradual incline and traction on the bottom so your hedgehog can safely use it. Midwest Guinea Habitat, Living World Deluxe XL, and Midwest Critter Nations are also good options.

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Other Notes

Hedgehogs cannot climb or jump vertically so they rely on lots of floor space. All areas that your hedgehog has access to should be regularly checked for cords, chew marks, and places where they can get stuck. Hedgehogs love to explore but are not very agile and can get in trouble easily.

Be sure to keep the temperature inside the cage between  72° and 80° F to prevent your pet from going into hibernation, which is very dangerous to them.

MNPPR strongly recommends avoiding all wood-based beddings due to the general sensitivity of pocket pets. We like to use fleece to line the cage and cover any exposed wire floors, then use paper bedding as litter placed in a litter box. When the fleece is soiled, simply throw it in the wash and replace it as needed. Some hedgehogs can be trained to use a litter box, which can make cleaning even easier.

Minimum Dimensions

4 sq ft

ENRICHMENT REQUIREMENTS

Essentials

water bottle

food bowl

wheel

at least one shelter/hide

litter box

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Variety

hiding places

burrowing bags

grass huts

cardboard boxes

tunnels

stuffed animals

balls

homemade toys

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Other Items

pet bed

pet carrier

fleece

litter (soft recycled paper

such as CareFresh, shredded paper,

or paper pellets)

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FEEDING REQUIREMENTS

Staple Diet

To provide the most well-rounded diet, MNPPR recommends feeding high-quality kibble cat food, high-quality hedgehog food, or a mix of both. Any food used must have over 20% protein and 5 - 15% fat. Be sure to look at the ingredients and do not purchase anything that has corn as one of the main ingredients. Because hedgehogs can be picky eaters, you may need to experiment with different brands or mix brands before finding one they like.

Treats

Variety in treats can help provide your hedgehog with a more balanced diet.

Safe Treats

apple

banana

bell peppers

blueberries

cantaloupe

cat treats

canned cat food

ferret treats

cooked, diced carrots

grilled, unseasoned chicken

grilled, unseasoned salmon

unseasoned scrambled eggs

honeydew

mango

papaya

pineapple

raspberries

strawberries

watermelon

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Unsafe Treats

apple seeds

avocado

chocolate

citrus 

dairy products

fizzy drinks

garlic

grapes

anything with added sugar

nuts

onions

processed meat

raisins

raw eggs

raw meat

Safe Insects

Store-bought only.

(live or freeze-dried)

crickets

mealworms

wax worms

Unsafe Insects

Any wild caught insects.

DISCLAIMER

All information shared by MN Pocket Pet Rescue is researched, up to date, and accurate to the best of our ability. We are not a licensed veterinary organization and do not intend to present ourselves as such. All educational material contains our best recommendations for care specific to each species. However, all animals are different and some may have unique needs. MN Pocket Pet Rescue does not assume any liability for the well-being of any animal not under our care. Always use your best judgment and follow veterinary recommendations whenever necessary. If you have any questions or find inaccurate information please contact us.