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Can Hedgehogs Be Housed With Other Pets?

A rabbit owner considers housing rabbits with a new hedgehog.

By Jill Warnick
Posted: March 17, 2009, 4:30 p.m. EDT

Q: I'm thinking about getting a pet hedgehog. I already have a few pets, and I'm wondering how well hedgehogs mix with rabbits. I have three rabbits, and I'm not sure if they can be housed with a hedgehog. Also, do African pygmy hedgehogs hibernate?

A: Hedgehogs and rabbits are non-aggressive critters, so I don't see a problem with letting them out together with supervision and a lot of space. Your rabbit will probably sniff the hedgehog and may receive a little poke, then just hop away.

Hedgehogs are solitary and don't require the companionship of other animals. Therefore, they should never be housed with other critters, not even another hedgehog. The only exception would be two females, if there's plenty of space. Anytime your hedgehog and rabbit are out, they should be supervised.
 
Because African pygmy hedgehogs come from a warm climate, they do not hibernate like their European cousins. In the wild, they will go into estivation - a form of dormancy similar to hibernation behavior - due to the heat and dryness of their environment. If they are exposed to cold temperatures, hibernation is almost always fatal unless caught early. Do not expose your hedgehog to temperatures lower than 72 degrees Fahrenheit. If you house your hedgehog in an area that falls below 72 degrees Fahrenheit, set up a heat system to keep your hedgehog warm.

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I have a hedgehog, 2 adult guinea pigs, 2 baby guinea pigs, and 2 cats! I put them all together routinely for some of their 'quality time' and they all get along just fine. There was a few times at the beginning where 1 cat got a nose poke or two, but he learned not to stick his nose at her.
jon, hubbardston, MA
Posted: 6/17/2010 10:41:05 AM
VERY INTERESTING
WANDA, MONMOUTH, ME
Posted: 3/14/2010 4:32:17 AM
I want a hedge hog. I want to know if they are available in Maine, and if they are OK with cats, since my cats are skitterish and would probably run away if they got poked. Here is what my cats are like:
Paul was friendly with my guinea pig, and they would eat grass together. I don't think he would be much of a problem.
Pooky is a runt, and she is carful and wouldn't try to kill the hedge hog (i dont think) she is usually pretty good with other animals.
Azzy is usually locked in another room, since she is always peeing everywhere. But she is very skitterish and dosn't like new things. I doubt she would harm a fly (ok, so she hunts flies).
Please tell me what you think.
Victoria, Gardiner, ME
Posted: 9/20/2009 2:07:37 PM
Very informative!
Mike, Columbia, TN
Posted: 4/24/2009 12:32:05 PM
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