Last Updated on September 20, 2013.

Ear Description and Hearing

  • Hedgehogs have large ears and have an excellent sense of hearing, making them alert to their surroundings.
  • Unfamiliar sounds or loud noises can cause hedgehogs to react by huffing and ducking their heads, in defense.
  • Hedgehogs can become accustomed to a busy household, but it may take some time to get used to new surroundings.
  • Providing continual background music to animals is quite beneficial, because it diminishes other, possibly disturbing sounds.
  • Hedgehogs are able to sense high pitched sounds that the human ear cannot. You must take into consideration, any electronic devices near your hedgehog, such as computer.  These high-pitched sounds can be irritating to your hedgehog.

Hearing Related to Handling

  • Hedgehogs can and will become accustomed to your voice and sounds in its environment.
  • Use this to your advantage in your handling and bonding process.
  • When you get your hedgehog out of its cage, first tap on the side and talk to it for a moment.  That will give your hedgehog advance notice of what you are preparing to do.
  • At Millermeade Farms our hedgehogs all know the sound of their feed cart and most of them are ready and waiting at feeding time.

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