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Hedgehog Care 101

February 15, 2015

A hedgehog can be a perfect pet for someone who wants a fun and unique little pal. Hedgehogs, or ‘Hedgies’, are rapidly growing in popularity as pets. These little cuties have lots of great qualities, and do very well in captivity if cared for properly. In this article, your local vet Welland goes over some hedgehog care basics.


When Hedgie lived in the wild, he mostly ate insects, but he isn’t particularly fussy by nature. You can feed your little buddy dry hedgehog or cat food for his basic menu. Your prickly pal will also need moist food: canned cat or dog food is fine. Use brands that have a high protein content, and contain a lot of chicken or meat. Hedgehogs should also be given small amounts of fruits and veggies as supplements. Carrots, apples, beans, corn, and grapes are all suitable. When it’s time for a treat, you can give your pet small bits of cooked hamburger, eggs, or chicken. The occasional cricket or mealworm will be greatly appreciated as well!


Hedgie will need lots of room to run and play! When choosing a cage for your quilled buddy, get one that is at least 4 feet by 2 feet, though bigger is always better. Wire cages with solid bottoms are great choices for cage types. Once you’ve selected and set up the cage, you’ll need to add substrate. Recycled paper or paper pulp substrates are excellent options. Avoid using substrates made of wood shavings, especially pine and cedar, as these are dangerous for little animals. Your little buddy will also need a hidey-hole, or nest box; separate dishes for wet and dry food; a water bottle; and a litter box.


Hedgies are very curious and active little pets, so your little one will need lots of toys. Playing will keep Hedgie from getting bored, and also keep him moving. Chew toys, balls, and bells are a few cute playtime options. You can also give your hedgehog toys made for cats and birds. We also advise getting a little playpen, so your little pal can have some time outside of his cage.

Do you have any questions about caring for a hedgehog? Please contact us if we can be of any help at all. As your vet clinic Welland, we are happy to help.

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