Care and Acclimation | Handling Tips and Instructions | Litter Training | Bathing & Nail Trimming
Indoor & Outdoor Play | Hedgehogs on the Loose | Keeping Your Hedgehog Warm
Bonding With Your Hedgehog | Biting

Indoor And Outdoor Play


  • Even though hedgehogs are not typically described as “chewers” it is possible they can chew electrical wires so it is a good idea to keep them away from your hedgehog while it is playing.
  • Your hedgehog may be litter box trained but it is also likely to potty anywhere outside the cage it gets the urge.  Make sure the floor can be easily cleaned and that there are no climbing objects such as books or magazines that can be ruined if they get soiled or wet.
  • Enclosed play areas with smooth sides are ideal because the hedgie is less likely to attempt to try and climb out.
  • A plastic kiddie pool is a great place to let your hedgehog exercise and play.  The hedgehogs won’t be able to escape unless are objects close to the wall.  They can climb on play accessories to give themselves a boost up and over the top.
  • Pet corrals are available through several vendors.  You can put plastic tablecloths down to protect the floor and still have a portable and safe play area.  Keep corralled hedgies under supervision because some may try to bulldoze under and escape.

Outdoor Activity

  • Some people choose to take their hedgies outdoors on nice days.  We believe that as long as you take certain precautions your hedgehog may enjoy a change in scenery.
  • You will want to make sure the weather is suitable and the hedgehogs are not exposed to direct sunlight or high temperatures.  Z.G. Standing Bear recommends a minimum outdoor temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • We suggest keeping your hedgehog in a protected, enclosed area where you can monitor your hedgehog’s activity at all times.  Make sure there is not place to burrow or any potential escape routes.
  • Unless you are very close by your hedgehog it is a good idea to have a secure lid on your outdoor enclosure.  This will prevent an escape or having your hedgehog become lunch for a hawk, eagle, or other hungry creature.
  • According to Z.G. Standing Bear “Unfamiliar with the spines of a hedgehog, a large bird may snatch up a hedgehog as s/he would a rabbit and may even give up on the project enroute, only to drop the hedgehog several hundred feet to the ground”.
  • Hedgehogs can pick up parasites, pathogens or toxins from things in their environment.   Some hedgehog owners choose to let their hedgehogs explore the grass.  Always make sure the grass has not been treated with any chemicals.
  • Outdoor insects may be a tasty treat for your hedgehog but you must make sure the bugs have not been exposed to any insecticides.
  • It is a good idea to have your veterinarian check a fecal sample for parasites at the end of the summer if your hedgehog has played outdoors.  Parasites are easily treated so they are not a huge concern.
  • Hedgehogs are good swimmers but it is never a good idea for them to swim in a pool or pond.