Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some common questions I've been asked. The answers are based on my personal experience. 

What do you feed hedgehogs? Some breeders and pet stores will try to sell you "Hedgehog Food". But the truth is they just need a quality cat food. I have been feeding my hedgehogs Cat Chow by Purina, for years. 

What kind of bedding should you use? I would not recommend using wood chips, the oil in the wood can cause the hedgehog to get sick. I recommend using a recycled paper bedding like carefresh. If you have the time you can also make fleece liners for the bottom of the cage. 

What can you use for a cage? There are lots of options - a few things to remember when picking a cage - there needs to be some sort of ventilation, so something like an aquarium does not work. Also keep in mind that some hedgehogs like to climb so tall sides or something with a top. There are lots of nice cages available at the pet store for guinea pigs or rabbits, but they can be a bit pricey. You can also use a large storage bin - around a 100 qt size. 

Why is your hedgehog losing so many quills? Just like kids with teeth, Hedgehogs lose their baby quills which are smaller than their adult quills. This usually happens between 7 and 12 weeks of age. If it is happening later on it may be mites and you should have your vet check your hedgie.

What kind of wheel should you use? I like comfort wheel by Super Pet. They are pretty quiet, are safe for your hedgehog, and are easy to clean. I always recommend a solid wheel. A wire wheel is risky as they can get their little feet stuck. I also use a giant size which is 12" wheel, which is preferred as your hedgie has a fragile back so you want to give them plenty of room to run on the wheel without having to arch their back. I have never used the saucer style running wheel, I have always been uncomfortable with them as your pet could fall off and hurt themselves. 

If you have any other specific questions, please feel free to ask. If i don't know i can always ask some of the other breeders i know about what they think. 

Last Updated On : May 25th 2015