Something a lot of people worry about when getting a new pet is the smell. Many pets are just too stinky to live with. The good news:
Hedgehogs aren’t one of them.
Hedgehogs have no body odor. They don’t stink at all.
Although hedgehogs don’t clean themselves, they are clean animals. They usually go to the bathroom in one place, and they only need to be bathed once a month.
As long as you are bathing your hedgehog regularly, feeding them the right foods, and cleaning their cage, you shouldn’t have a problem with the smell.
However, if you neglect them, they can start getting smelly.
What Should You Do If Your Hedgehog Smells?
Hedgehog feces and urine stink, but with the daily cleaning routines, it’s not a problem. Be sure the smell you are smelling isn’t coming from feces stuck to the hedgehog’s feet or quills.
If your hedgehog itself smells, then there is a problem that needs your attention.
First, you need to find the cause.
How long has it been since you bathed your hedgehog?
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 hedgehog too many baths, as this can cause dry skin for your hedgehog.
(Learn how to bathe a hedgehog here.)
What are you feeding your hedgehog?
Hedgehogs need high-protein and low-fat foods. There are some foods that shouldn’t be given to a hedgehog.
Make sure your hedgehog is eating the right foods because the wrong food will harm your hedgehog’s health and make it stink.
(Read What to Feed Your Hedgehog?)
What type of bedding are you using?
The smell may not be coming from your hedgehog, it might be coming from the bedding. Some bedding types can smell pretty bad when peed on.
The best type of bedding is CareFresh Ultra or Aspen Shavings.
If you think the bedding might be the cause of the smell, try a different type or brand.
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 hedgehog’s 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.