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Do hedgehogs smell?

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A healthy hedgehog has no body odor that is apparent to a human although sick or poorly maintained hedgehogs may have a body odor. Hedgehogs tend to get fecal matter on their feet from running on exercise wheels at night.

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The type of bedding used for hedgehogs may cause odors. The best bedding is recycled paper material or soft towels. Hedgehogs fed poor-quality diets may also have a body odor. The animals are insectivores and require a diet formulated for them. Kitten food is not effective.

A hedgehog with a skin infection or other illness may smell bad, and simply bathing a smelly hedgehog may not correct the problem. A visit to a veterinarian may be necessary.

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