Do Hedgehogs Poop in Their House? Must Know Info

While it may be particularly unpleasant, one of the best ways of knowing how your hedgehog is doing is to keep an eye out on its poo. Just like any other pet poo, hedgehog poo will give an indication of what it eats as well as its general state of health. However, the rate at which a hedgehog poops and whether it can poop in their house is still unknown by many owners.

So, do hedgehogs poop in their house? Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals. Due to this, they will tend to spend most of the day sleeping and get out during the night to go for a poop. Since they feed during the night and sleep during the day, hedgehogs often poop in their house. Since pooping is a natural biological occurrence, you shouldn’t be surprised to find hedgehog poop outside their house when you wake up in the morning. It’s worth noting that younger hedgehogs tend to poop more in their house than older hedgehogs.

Looking out for particular areas where your hedgehog poops is a great way of learning how your pet companion behaves. Whether it’s in its house or outside in their cage, knowing where your hedgehog poops will give you a better chance of better managing their behavior. Read on to find out more about hedgehog poop behavior and how to toilet train your hedgehog.

Can You Toilet Train a Hedgehog?

Cleaning up hedgehog poo is no easy task. Apart from the health risk that comes with cleaning hedgehog poop, the actual thought of picking up poop everywhere in your house can be daunting. Toilet training your hedgehog will not only make it faster to clean your hedgehog’s house but will also give you more time to spend more time with your hedgehog.

So, can you toilet train a hedgehog? Naturally, hedgehogs have evolved to live in the wild, where they do their toilet business out in the open. However, pet hedgehogs can still be toilet trained with the chances of success higher if toilet training is started at a younger age. That being said, some older hedgehogs can be trained to use litter trays.

While it’s possible to toilet train your hedgehog, it’s of utmost importance to be consistent in doing so once you start. Starting the process and giving up just after a few weeks will not yield any actionable results. Toilet training your hedgehog is something that will definitely take a long time, but the results are definitely rewarding.

In a nutshell, toilet training your hedgehog is all about placing your pet companion in a litter box when he’s about to poop. The aim of this is that with time your hedgehog will be able to poop in the litter box on its own.


Our hedgehog poops outside his house

It’s for this reason that one of the most important skills that you should possess as a hedgehog owner is the ability to recognize when your pet is about to go to the bathroom. When you fail to take note of this habit, then you’ll not stand a better chance of toilet training your hedgehog.

How To Toilet Train Your Hedgehog

Litter training your hedgehog is no easy feat. However, knowing how to litter train your hedgehog will help in avoiding many of the common causes of illnesses associated with hygiene.

You probably know that just like dogs and cats, bacteria and parasites live in hedgehogs digestive systems and often come out in pop. Therefore, you’d want your hedgehog to be healthy with good hygiene as well. You can use the following methods to effectively toilet train your hedgehog and have a hygienic environment.

Get the Necessary Supplies

The first thing to do in order to effectively toilet train your hedgehog is to get your hands on all the necessary supplies that you need to get all set up. You can either buy or make a litter box yourself. However, if you decide to do the latter, then using a tissue box or a cardboard of the same size will be your best bet. Generally, once you have a litter box, you will be set to start the training process.

Start Potty Training

Before starting the actual toilet training, one of the most important things to do is to strategically set up your litter box. To do this, ensure to place the box in an easily accessible place, more preferably, close to the hedgehog’s cage.

Now that you’ve set up the litter box, it’s time to start the potty training. Keep in mind that the younger your hedgehog is, the better the chances of training him within the shortest time possible. However, it’s also possible to potty train your older hedgehog too.

While at it, ensure to be consistent and patient in your training efforts. As mentioned above, the core aim of potty training is to ensure that your hedgehog poops in the litter box and not anywhere else.

Apply the Defecation Relocation Method

This method is arguably the easiest way of toilet training your hedgehog. To effectively apply this method, you should first make the litter pan different from the rest of the cage lining. You can use a different color lining or wrap the pan with old newspaper. Thereafter, go ahead to position the pan underneath the hedgehogs playing wheel.

Once the pan is strategically placed, go ahead to relocate a few pieces of poop and urine into the litter box.

While this may look like a long shot, you should expect your hedgehog to adapt to using the litter tray within two weeks. The catch is to ensure that you clean the litter box each and every day and replace the empty tray with any poop lying around.

Be Patient!

While some hedgehogs will catch up with using a litter box with ease, some will take longer. Ideally, there’s no telling how long you will take to successfully and effectively toilet train your hedgehog. The only thing that you can control is the level of consistency and effort you put into the training process.

It all boils down to how patient you are with your hedgehog. Keep in mind that if litter training works, your overall hedgehog ownership experience will be heightened. You’ll spend more time bonding with your hedgehog and less time cleaning or buying more beddings.

Do Hedgehogs Poop When They Run on Their Running Wheel?

Hedgehogs are biological beings, and just like any other biological creature, whatever they eat must be excreted. However, many owners are astonished at how hedgehogs poop everywhere from their cages to their running wheels, even as they are running.

So, do hedgehogs poop when they run on their running wheel? As mentioned before, hedgehogs, just like any other creatures are meant to poop. It’s a pretty simple fact about living creatures. In their natural habitat, hedgehogs are accustomed to poop while running and the poop get left behind.

Therefore, you should expect a hedgehog to poop while it’s on the running wheel. The only difference is that while hedgehogs leave their poop behind while in the wild, they make a mess once they poop in their running wheel.

Some hedgehog owners find it hard to come to terms with their hedgehog pooping while running on their wheels and decide to do away with the wheels. It’s worth noting that since pooping is a natural physiological process, denying your hedgehog a running wheel will do little to help. The least you can do is to clean the wheel on a daily basis to maintain optimal hygienic conditions.


Understanding how your hedgehog behaves is crucial in according it comfort and better health. When it comes to poop, it’s important to remember that as a biological creature, a hedgehog can poop anywhere at any time. The good news is that you can potty train your hedgehog in order to minimize any side effects of the poop to your health.

The mere thought of making hedgehogs’ pets is a clear indication that they can be trained to follow directions. This also applies to toilet training your hedgehog. However, it’s worth noting that the younger the hedgehog, the higher the chances of effectively toilet training it. Even so, you can most definitely toilet train your older hedgehog.

Bal Kang

Hi I'm Bal together with my daughter Jinnee, we've created this website about African Pygmy Hedgehogs. We've learnt a lot looking after our hedgehog Hynee and share our knowledge, tips and tricks.

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