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Why Do Hedgehogs Fart? Vet-Approved Reasons, Facts, & FAQ

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Hedgehogs are unique and interesting little creatures that can make incredible pets for both adults and children. As a hedgehog owner, you’ll run into many questions along your journey and it’s always nice to know what to expect.

If your cute little hedgie is full of flatulence, you’re likely wondering not only why your hedgehog is farting, but whether you should be worried. The good news is hedgehogs pass gas just like the rest of us and it’s typically normal but here we’ll look further into the subject.


Hedgehog Farts

Hedgehogs experience gas and will fart just like the rest of us. This is typically normal and the result of a certain food item causing a slight build-up of gas within the digestive system. The gas does have to be released, after all.

It’s not uncommon to report particularly bad-smelling farts coming from these adorable, spikey little pets. A lot of owners warn that their hedgehogs typically have bad-smelling farts after eating fish-flavored cat foods.

When to Be Concerned

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If your hedgehog is experiencing flatulence on a very frequent basis, it may warrant a call to your veterinarian, as it could be something to do with their diet and it’s best to rule out any medical concerns or dietary discrepancies.

If you notice your hedgehog is experiencing diarrhea or is having any other unusual symptoms such as lack of appetite, lethargy, or any unusual behaviors, you need to contact your veterinarian for an evaluation of any potential health issues.


The Many Noises of a Hedgehog

Hedgehogs may be small and solitary, but they are far from quiet. In addition to farting, you can expect a variety of other noises to come out of your spikey little friend(s). Since these little guys do make so much noise, it’s good to be aware of the different kinds of sounds you can expect. Remember, they are nocturnal, so it’s not uncommon for them to be up all night making noise.


Inarguably one of the most common noises you will hear coming from your pet hedgehog is a grunting noise. Hedgehogs get the “hog” portion of their name for this reason, as they sound just like little hogs. They make this noise when they are out and about foraging for food.

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Snoring/Sleep Talking

Hedgehogs are known to snore a bit when they are sleeping their day away. It’s typically a very light, gentle snore that may be difficult to notice if you aren’t up close. You may even notice little noises when they sleep, such as clicking or squeaking. This is just their version of sleep talking.

If your hedgehog starts to make a snoring sound while wide awake and active, this could be a sign of breathing difficulty and a potential respiratory issue that would require veterinary intervention.


Hedgehogs do sneeze on occasion, just like the rest of us. If you happen to notice your hedgehog is sneezing frequently or the sneeze is accompanied by a cough or wheeze, then it’s time to reach out to your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

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If a hedgehog becomes upset, distressed, or defensive, it will make a hissing noise. It sounds a lot like the hiss of a snake, and it’s meant as a deterrent. If your hedgehog is hissing at you, it’s best to back away and give them their space.


You may notice baby hedgehogs sounding like little birds. They have a distinct baby bird-like chirp when they are hungry and calling out for food.


If you notice your hedgehog is coughing and it sounds more like a barking noise, it could be that something has become lodged in the throat, or they have inhaled dust or debris from their environment. If you notice a more wet cough that sounds like it’s coming from the chest, it’s time to get a hold of your veterinarian for an examination.

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Hedgehogs may let out a scream if they are in pain or have become distressed. This is an alarming sound, and you should check on your hedgehog immediately. If you are unsure of what is causing the screaming, reach out to your veterinarian for guidance.

The quack-like sound is also a sign of distress, but it is typically vocalized in situations that are milder than those that warrant a scream. You may even notice a quack if the hedgehog is hungry.


You may notice your hedgehog making a short barking or clicking sound. This is typical of males challenging others over the affections of a female. With this behavior, they will also duck their heads and attempt to headbutt. Their spines will be engaged so it’s best to steer clear if your little one starts showing signs of this behavior.



It’s completely normal for hedgehogs to pass gas. While it’s typically no cause for concern if you notice your hedgehog is passing an unusual amount of gas or if it’s accompanied by diarrhea, or any other unusual symptoms, it’s best to get them evaluated by your veterinarian as soon as possible. Hedgehogs aren’t just limited to farts though, there are plenty of other noises you can expect from your precious little balls of spikes.

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