Do Hedgehogs Get Along With Other Pets?

Hedgehogs are solitary animals, they don’t crave to have other animals around, certainly not other hedgehogs. But hedgehogs do get along with most pets. As long as they aren’t housed with them in the same cage, that is.

Hedgehogs, whether they get along with your other pets or not, should ALWAYS be housed alone. Hedgehogs don’t get along even with other hedgehogs when they’re housed in the same cage. So no mater what never cage two different animals together.

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NOTE: All first introductions and a few following up between your hedgehog and other pets should be supervised until your sure it’s safe to keep them together. If you sense that the two pets are not getting along well, keep them separate!


Hedgehogs and cats can coexist without trouble. In the beginning, cats will be a bit curious, but thanks to the hedgehog’s defense, then the cat comes to sniff it, it’ll get poked on the nose (no harm done to the cat)  and never bother your hedgehog again.


When it comes to dogs, there are many different opinions. Some dogs get along fine with hedgehogs, other don’t. You should introduce them to each other and see how they react. You should be a bit cautious if your dog is large or has obsessive tendencies. Never leave your dog alone with your hedgehog is a good thumb rule.

Ferret and Rats:

Ferrets are miniature hunters, they will not get along with your hedgehog. Even if they seem to be in the beginning it can all go wrong in a blink of the eye. The same goes for rats. Ferrets and rats bite. There has been numerous reports of these two animals biting hedgehogs.

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Rabbits seem to get along well with hedgehogs, but some have said that problems have occurred. Supervise the pets first few encounters, just in case.

Sugar Gliders:

Sugar gliders and hedgehogs don’t get along very well. Sugar gliders can jump on top of the hedgehog, injuring both the hedgehog and the sugar glider.

Guinea pigs:

Hedgehogs are prickly, guinea pigs like to taste everything. Hedgehogs are nocturnal and solitary, guinea pigs are friendly and would love to be friends with your hedgehog. Hedgehogs and guinea pigs should not be let out of their cages at the same time. Keep them separate! They don’t get along.

Gerbils, Mice, Hamsters and Other Small Animals:

Hedgehogs are predators for these animals. Hedgehogs eat small animals they find in the wild. Never keep these animals together.

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  • Rosalyn says:

    Do they get along with cockatiel because I’m thinking of getting hedgehog for my birthday and I have a cockatiel??

  • ruby says:

    Can lemurs and hedgehogs get along?

    • adminlayla says:

      Hi, Ruby.
      Unfortunately, lemurs and hedgehogs won’t get along very well. You could have both pets, just be sure not to let them out of their cages at the same time.

  • lauren says:

    How about a cockapoo?

    • Layla says:

      What was mentioned above applies to cockapoos too. It depends on the dog itself really. Some dogs get over curious and end up hurting themselves and the hedgehog.

      You shouldn’t leave your hedgehog and dog together alone. As long as they are closely supervised, it should be okay.

      However, if your dog tries to bite your hedgehog, you should immediately take the hedgehog away and avoid having the hedgehog walk around the room when the dog is in the same room.