What Supplies do I Need for a Hedgehog?

Finding the right supplies for hedgehogs can be difficult and requires a lot of research for the unitiated. Fortunately I spent a lot of time looking at different hedgehog supplies to see which ones were suitable.

What supplies do I need for a hedgehog? The main supplies hedgehogs need are:

  • Cage
  • House
  • Exercise Wheel
  • Food/Water bowl
  • Heat Pad Mat or Heat Lamp
  • Thermostat
  • Bedding
  • Cat Food
  • Insects
  • Sleeping Pouch
  • Litter Tray
  • Playpen
  • Bath
  • Cage cleaners
  • Nail Clippers

The choice of a cage is a personal preference as some owners may decide to use a vivarium. A house to sleep is essential, as it provides a dark place to not only sleep but to hide.

Running wheels are necessary for exercise. Heat mat pads or heat lamps are essential for hedgehogs to keep warm, along with a good choice of bedding and liners.

The right type of food to remain healthy like dry cat biscuits is a must for hedgehogs, to keep obesity away.

The biggest expense after buying a hedgehog will be the cage or a vivarium depending on preferences. A house to sleep and hide is the next thing I’d look at, with some form of heating like a heat mat pad or a heat lamp. It’s important to ensure the temperature is controlled and this can be easily done using a thermostat that uses a thermometer to check the temperature.

Bedding choices are important, as some owners prefer fabric type bedding that’s reusable as it easily washable. Whilst other owners prefer using disposable bedding like wood shavings or paper based bedding.

Hedgehogs need exercise and a running wheel is a must, along with a good diet of dry cat biscuits to keep them healthy and stop them becoming obese. Let’s take a look at some of the hedgehog supplies out there.

Cage

We use a ZooZone Habitat Large cage as it was the biggest cage at the time of buying our hedgehog. The following cages make good choices as they are big enough:

AmazonBasics Small Animal Cage
Habitat With Accessories
(click image for latest Amazon prices)
Living World Deluxe Habitat
(click image for latest Amazon prices)
MidWest Homes for Pets
Wabbitat Deluxe Rabbit Home Kit XL Size
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

House

Pygmy Hedgehogs need a safe place to hide and sleep. An Igloo type house makes a perfect addition to any cage.

Kaytee Igloo Hideaway
(click image for latest Amazon prices)
Oncpcare Winter Warm
Small Animals Bed
(click image for latest Amazon prices)
Twin Critters Handcrafted
Hedgehog Cave Bed
KubbiHog for Hedgies
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Exercise Wheel

Pygmy Hedgehogs need exercise and what better way than to use a running wheel.

Exotic Nutrition Silent Runner
12″ Wide + Cage Attachment
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Make sure you get the Kaytee wheel in 12-inch size and not 8.5 inches.

Kaytee Comfort Wheel Giant 12 Inches
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Food/Water Bowl

You’ll need a food dish that’s heavy enough to not get tipped over, to serve food and water. For UK and Europe, check out Rosewood Naturals Twin dish¬†(check price on Amazon UK).

Drip-Less Drinkers
Naturals’ Twin Dish 20cm
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Heat Pad Mat

If you have a plastic cage then using a Heat Pad Mat is essential in keeping your hedgehog warm. For UK and European customers the Petnap Heat Pad Mat is available (check prices on Amazon UK).

PetnapUK Flexiguard Metal
Pet Heat Pad Mat,
Heated Bed (US Plug Adaptor)
3 Sizes
(click image for latest Amazon prices)
K&H Pet Products Thermo-Peep
Heated Pad Tan 9″ x 12″ 25W
(click image for latest Amazon prices)
KANE Pet Heat Mat;
Electric Heated Pad/Warmer Bed
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

If you’re on the move or need a temporary heating source, then a portable heat mat pad could be ideal.

Snuggle Safe Pet Bed
Microwave Heating Pad
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Heat Lamp

For vivarium owners, a heat lamp (ceramic heat emitter) can keep the hedgehog warm, however, I would still suggest a heat pad mat for their housing area.

For UK and European customers the Vansuky 100W AC220V-240V Reptile pet appliances flat-type Infrared Ceramic heat lamp is available on Amazon UK (check prices on Amazon UK).

OMAYKEY 100W 2-Pack
Ceramic Heat Lamp
with 1-pcs Digital-Thermometer,
Infrared Reptile Heat Emitter
Heater Lamp Bulb
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Heat Lamps need a compatible heat lamp holder.

NOMOYPET Clamp Lamp Fixture
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

With a guard to make sure your hedgehog is protected, should the heat lamp become loose?

Vipe Heater Guard,
Reptile Heating Lamp Shade
Light Heat Lamp Mesh Cover
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Thermostat

Heating needs to be controlled and automatically switch on when the temperature drops below a safe level. For the UK and Europe the Swiftair Hydroponics Thermostat is a good choice (check prices on Amazon UK)

Inkbird Heating Thermostat
Temperature Controller
Dual Stage Timer Switch
(click image for latest Amazon prices)
Zoo Med Digital Thermometer
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Bedding

Paper-based bedding options include:

Kaytee Clean & Cozy
White Small Animal Bedding
(click image for latest Amazon prices)
PURINA Yesterday’s News
Odor Control, Lightweight
Unscented Paper Cat Litter
(click image for latest Amazon prices)
Small Pet Select Natural
Paper Bedding 56L
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Fabric based bedding options include:

KAMEIOU Polar Fleece Cage Liner
Bedding for Small Animals
(click image for latest Amazon prices)
GuineaDad Fleece Liner 2.0
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Cage liners are a great option as they can be easily replaced once they have been soiled.

Super Absorbent Disposable Cage Liners
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Cat Food

Dry cat biscuits for indoor cats should be the staple diet for pygmy hedgehogs. For UK and Europe, check out Go-Cat for Indoor Cats with Chicken and Added Garden Greens Dry Cat Food (check price on Amazon UK).

Purina ONE Indoor Advantage
Natural Adult Dry Cat Food &
Wet Cat Food
(click image for latest Amazon prices)
Royal Canin Adult Cat
Sensitive Digestion
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Treats are great and in moderation, they are loved by pygmy hedgehogs.

DREAMIES Chicken Cat
Treats 60 g (Pack of 8)
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Wet Cat Food (canned cat food) can also be used but as it’s not as nutritious as dry cat biscuits, it should not be used as a pygmy hedgehog’s main source of food.

Whiskas in Jelly Poultry Selection
Pouch (12x100g) – Pack of 2
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Insects

Pygmy Hedgehogs love insects and as an occasional treat there’s no harm in giving them insects.

Zoo Med Laboratories
Can O Crickets Pet Food
1.2 Ounce Each (3 Pack)
(click image for latest Amazon prices)
Zoo Med Laboratories
Can O Worms
1.2oz Cans (3 Pack)
(click image for latest Amazon prices)
Zoo Med Laboratories SZMZM44
Can O Grasshoppers
1.2-Ounce
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Do check to see if there have been no recent recalls, just to make sure the quality of any food is not compromised.

Sleeping Pouch

There are plenty of accessories for pygmy hedgehogs, designed to bring comfort, play and be useful enough for things like bathing.

DOCHI QUEEN Birds Pattern beds
for Hedgehogs
(click image for latest Amazon prices)
Pet Snuggle Sack – 10″ x 11″
Anti-Pill Fleece Lined
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Litter Tray

Some owners prefer to use a litter tray in the cage.

Kaytee Hi-Corner Litter Pan
Large Assorted colors
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Playpen

It’s great to bring your hedgehog out of the cage once in a while and let them roam free in a safe environment like a playpen.

Litthing Portable Small Animals Playpen
(click image for latest Amazon prices)
Prevue Pet Products Multi-Color
Small Pet Playpen 40090
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

You can also make your own playpen using tiles like these:

POCO DIVO Giant Play Mat
Solid Foam Floor
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Bath

We use a storage bin as a bath:

Rubbermaid Commercial Products
(FG330400CLR) Food Storage Box
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Don’t forget some oatmeal to add into an old sock and use for moisturising.

Bulk Non-GMO Quick Oats
5lb. Bag (Pack of 2)
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Or use a commercial moisturising bath wash:

Aveeno Skin Relief Fragrance-Free
Body Wash with Oat
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

How about a sand bath, so they can do some burrowing and playing?

Kathson Sand Bath House
Ideal for Hedgehogs
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

A good hand sanitising gel is essential to keep your hands clean and germs at bay:

Babyganics Alcohol-Free
Foaming Hand Sanitizer
Fragrance Free, 16oz
2 Pack Refill Bottles
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Cage Cleaners

We use a portable cord-free vacuum cleaner:

BLACK+DECKER dusbuster
Handheld Vacuum, Cordless
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Cleaning the cage without a vacuum:

Cage Cleaner for Hedgehogs
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Nail Clippers

Hedgehogs nails need to be clipped every 3 or so months as long nails can get caught in bedding and cause injury. Long nails cause the hedgehog to make more noise on the running wheel.

Pet Nail Clippers for Small
Animals
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

Other items

Vivarium

Choosing a vivarium instead of a cage for a pygmy hedgehog needs a large vivarium like the one below:

REPTI ZOO 67Gallon Upgrade Glass
Large Terrarium 48″ x 18″ x 18″
Detachable Terrarium Rack
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

In the UK and Europe, you can choose the following vivarium:

Vivexotic Reptihome Maxi XLarge
Beech PT4089
(click image for latest Amazon prices)

See what your pygmy hedgehog is doing during the night using a night vision camera:

Yafeco Pet Carrier Package
Transparent Space Capsule
(click image for latest Amazon prices)
Pawaboo Squeak Plush Dog Toys
(click image for latest Amazon prices)
Campark Upgrade T70
Trail Game Camera
(click image for latest Amazon prices)