- Hedgehogs go through an aging process similar to humans and other animals.
Activity and Movement
- As hedgehogs age they become less active and are generally slower in what they do.
- Their gait may appear to be stiffer and as they age it may be more difficult to get around.
Physical Appearance Change
- Colors of spines begin to dull and fade
- Spine tips begin to dull
- Fur on face begins to fade and may look disheveled
- Nails thicken and darken
- Their teeth may wear down or some may be missing
Care for Aging Hedgehogs
- Routine veterinary check-ups will help both you and your vet monitor the aging process. Also, it ensures that changes in health are age associated and not due to illness or injury.
- Older hedgehogs do better at warmer temperatures and will benefit from additional heat sources.
- Softer diets may be necessary as teeth wear down or fall out.
Author: Gail Dick, Millermeade Farm’s Critter Connection