Cage Pacing and Circling

May 27, 2013 by

Cage Pacing and Circling

Normal Behavior

  • Hedgehogs are quite active in the wild and frequently run in circles. Therefore, running laps inside the cage can be a great form of exercise.
  • Hedgehogs can run in circles or even in a figure-eight form.
  • Breeders report seeing athletic hedgehog moms headed for the food dish run over baby hedgehogs when the toddlers get in their way!
  • Some hedgehogs may pace at the front of their cages in anticipation of exercise or feeding time. This is normal behavior as long as it stops once you feed the hedgehog or remove it from its cage.

Abnormal Behavior

  • Obsessive and compulsive pacing occurs when animals are confined in cages that are too small.
  • Hedgehogs with  physical problems may also turn in circles, often with their heads tilted at an angle. This kind of circling needs immediate veterinary attention.

Primary Author:  Gail Miller, Millermeade Farm’s Critter Connection

Contributor: Jamie Hand

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