Hedgehogs make many noises, which will tell you how your hedgehog is feeling.
HUFFING AND PUFFING:
- The most frequent sound they make as they go about their business of searching their food, or exploring their cage
- when being handled
- when 2 strange hedgehogs meet for the first time
- compared to the sound of a locomotive train
- this does not mean they do not like you. This is their language
HISSING AND JUMPING WITH A CLICKING SOUND
- FRIGHTENED OR AGITATED
- SOMETIMES FOLLOWED BY A JUMPING OR POPPING MOTION
- EMITS CLICKING NOISE JUST BEFORE IT JUMPS
- USED AS A WARNING FOR ANY POTENTIAL PREDATORS
- BE PERSISTENT: USE A BLANKET TO PICK UP THE HEDGEHOG. POINT THE FACE DOWNWARD AND THEY WILL SLOWLY POP OUT.
- This video shows an extremely aggressive hedgie but displays the behaviour described above. Hedgehogs should not be this feisty.
- Can hardly be heard over the sound of crunching food
- Sounds like a soft sniffing sound and can get as loud as a little pig's grunt
- If they get excited over what they eat, it can turn to a soft happy squeek
- Please investigate. Something is happening whether they are stuck/hurt or fighting with another hedgehog
- sounds like a little scream and you will know it is a panic call
- very panicky squeak
- Many times if a male seeks a female, he will squeak from excitement
- does not sound like a panick squeak but more of a series of random squeals, very happy.
- much deeper than a squeal of harm