Do Hedgehogs Smell?

do hedgehogs smell

Nobody wants to get a pet and end up stuck with a horrid smell covering the whole house. Nobody. And let’s admit it, some pets can smell pretty bad. Let me give you some good news, though.  Hedgehogs DO NOT stink, well, if you remember to clean their poopy feet, that is. But, hedgehogs are pretty clean animals, they usually go to the bathroom in one place, and they don’t need a bath that often, either.

Hedgehogs smell like nothing. They have no body odor at all. But, as in other pets, if they aren’t taken care of properly they can and will smell. But as long as you keep your hedgehog’s cage clean, and feed him a proper diet, then you shouldn’t have any problems with your hedgehog’s smell.’

Ok, so you know hedgehogs aren’t supposed to smell. But what if you’re hedgehog does smell?

If you’re cleaning your cage and taking good care of your hedgehog and your hedgehog is smelling, then there is a problem that needs your attention.

Are you feeding your hedgehog the right kinds of foods? Hedgehogs need high-protein, low-fat foods. Some foods shouldn’t be fed to a hedgehog at all. Make sure your hedgehog is eating the right stuff.

What type of bedding are you using? The smell you’re smelling may not be your hedgehog, it might be the bedding. Some bedding can smell pretty bad when peed on. You should try changing your bedding. That may solve your problem.

Have you given your hedgehog a bath recently? Hedgehogs don’t need a bath very often, but that doesn’t mean ‘never’. Hedgehogs should be bathed at least once a month (be careful not to give your hedgehogs too many baths, as this can cause dry skin for your hedgehog).

Is your hedgehog showing any other symptoms? Your hedgehog might be sick. Are your hedgehog’s quills falling off? Your hedgehog might not be showing any other symptoms, but if you checked your hedgehog’s diet, changed your hedgehogs bedding and gave your hedgehog a bath, then the smell alone is a good enough symptom. Take your hedgehog to an exotic animal vet.

Now, you know the answer to the question “Do hedgehogs smell?”.  And you know what to do if your hedgehog DOES smell. Have you ever had a smelly hedgehog? What did you do about it? Tell us in the comments below.