When shopping for hedgehog enclosures, you’ll want to carefully consider the particular habits and basic needs of these spiny creatures. For starters, hedgehogs like to run around, chew things and dig, so you’ll want to find a habitat with ample room, chew-proof construction, and a deep pan for bedding. Chewy offers a variety of hedgehog enclosures along with all the hedgehog cage accessories you need to make your enclosure feel like home. Here are a few things to consider before buying a new hedgehog cage for your little pet.
Hedgehogs are very active and require some space to burrow and exercise, so an enclosure that’s at least four feet by two feet is recommended. The best hedgehog habitats will be bigger and have a deep, solid floor pan, with chew-proof wire sides spaced closely enough to prevent escapes. A six-inch deep pan allows for lots of fresh bedding at the bottom and prevents your pet from climbing the wire sides, which can cause injury, and wire bars should have no more than one inch of space between them. Multi-level cages are not recommended, as hedgehogs see poorly and may fall and injure themselves.
Some people prefer a smooth-sided cage and will use aquarium tanks or construct DIY hedgehog enclosures using plastic storage bins and chicken wire for ventilation. These also prevent dangerous climbing and can hold heat well in drafty rooms. Make sure that whatever type of hedgehog housing you choose has adequate ventilation and can be easily and thoroughly cleaned, and try to steer clear of designs that will encourage dangerous climbing or allow your hedgehog to fall from a significant height.
Once you’ve found a suitable habitat for your hedgehog, putting a few hedgehog hideouts and beds in your hedgehog enclosure will provide a feeling of security and the darkness your nocturnal pet enjoys. A solid-surface exercise wheel will help keep him active and happy, as will having lots of hedgehog toys for exercise and play. Your hedgehog will also need lots of fluffy small animal bedding for burrowing and rest—choose only dust-free bedding materials like paper or low-dust wood shavings to keep your hedgie from having breathing issues. Chewy has all the hedgehog supplies you need to create the perfect habitat for your pet, plus all the yummy hedgehog food and hedgehog treats you’ll need to fuel his adventures. Shop our selection of the coolest hedgehog enclosures and start putting together a wonderful new home for your little friend!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a good enclosure for a hedgehog?
A good enclosure for a hedgehog will have a solid, deep pan for bedding, plenty of floor space to run around in, and be well-ventilated. Multi-level cages are a no-no, as hedgehogs can’t see well and may fall, and cages with wire bottoms can hurt their feet. A glass aquarium or other smooth-sided cage will work if it has sufficient ventilation, as will a wire-sided cage like the Ware Home Sweet Home Plastic Small Animal Cage or the Ware Chew Proof Small Animal Cage. Just remember, bigger is always better when it comes to hedgehog enclosures!
Where should I keep my hedgehog enclosure?
Keep your hedgehog enclosure in an adequately warm room that is free from drafts and out of direct sunlight. A room that stays between 75-80˚F, in a place that provides interaction with family members but also allows hedgehogs rest and alone time would be ideal. A location with exposure to natural light will also help your hedgehog’s biological clock and vitamin D levels in balance. Provide a timed UV light if you can’t site your enclosure somewhere with (indirect) sunlight exposure.
Can you keep 2 hedgehogs in the same enclosure?
You can sometimes keep two hedgehogs in the same enclosure, but it’s not recommended. Hedgehogs are naturally solitary creatures and males especially will sometimes fight if housed together. If you must house two hedgehogs in one cage, try pairing two females and carefully introduce them to ensure compatibility. Or you may want to just play it safe and house your hedgehogs in separate enclosures to avoid issues down the line.