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We've had a Hedgehog living in our garden nearly 7 years and he has a hedgehog house. For the last two nights, he has hardly eaten any of the food we leave out, though he has been eating the mealy worms we leave on the lawn. he is losing weight and we are worried that he will not achieve a weight gain when he hibernates.

As we have had him so long (never leaves the garden) we wondered whether his age has anything to do with this.

Yours truly,
David Hoffman

Hi, David:

I would think his age might have something to do with it, but I'm not sure because I have no experience with European hedgehogs.  African hedgehogs are considered to be "seniors" at the age of 3, and they seldom live beyond 5 or 6 years.

I suggest you contact one of the groups who do rescue of European hedgehogs.  The are pretty easy to find on the Internet.

Good Luck & Hedgie Blessings,


PS--I do know that it is legal to take in a hedgehog if s/he has not attained an adequate weight for hibernation.


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Laurel Sedgwick


Can answer care, health, & behavioral questions, as well as basic breeding questions. Can help questioner figure out if a hedgehog is the right pet for them.


Have had hedgehogs since 2001 - 16 so far. I have no experience with non-weaned babies, and limited experience with breeding and with pregnant hedgehogs. I have had too much experience with WHS (Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome). I would rate myself "expert" at syringe-feeding, and as "advanced" at performing SubQs. Two of my hedgehogs have injured an eye to the point that it had to be surgically removed. I have had a lot of hedgehogs who suffered from cancer, some who had surgery and some who didn't. Some of my quilly kids have had abcessed teeth; one guy lost all of his teeth but one! I have had multiple female hedgehogs who suffered from bleeding, who had to have surgery for uterine cancer, which was in most cases successful. Temperamentally, I have had very timid hedgehogs, persistently grumpy hedgehogs, biting hedgehogs, and very friendly hedgehogs whom I took with me as "ambassadors" for educational presentations.

I am a Certified Judge for the IHA, and run a rescue station for the HWS. My application to be a rescue station for the IHA is pending.

I read everything I can get my hands on. Have read the best of the books, Dawn Wrobel's THE HEDGEHOG and Tig M-Burleson's THE HEDGEHOG PRIMER. I am a member of the International Hedgehog Association (IHA) and Hedgehog Welfare Society (HWS), and have been a member of various online bulletin board groups since 2002.
I have attended many hedgehog shows and have served as a judge in IHA conformation shows.

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