The 6 Best Hedgehog Cages of 2023

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The best hedgehog cages provide a spacious, safe, and enriching environment for hedgehogs, which are active and inquisitive animals. 

“Many small animal cages are attractive, but they must meet certain criteria to be appropriate for hedgehogs,” Jenna Perlick, hedgehog breeder at Prickle Pack Hedgehogs, told The Spruce Pets. “A smooth plastic bottom to deter climbing (a safety risk), preferably at least six inches high, and wire (or other quality material) sides, are optimal.” 

We recommend a minimum of four to six square feet of space. A breathable, secure lid is also essential. 

Our favorite hedgehog cage is the Living World Deluxe Habitat, which combines a rust-proof wire upper with a plastic bottom and sides for the best combination of ventilation and easy cleaning. Plus, it’s got a big, arched lid that allows for easy access in addition to the front door.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall

Living World Deluxe Habitat

Living World Deluxe Habitat


What We Like
  • Easy to assemble without tools

  • Includes accessories (some aren’t needed)

  • Versatile; can be used for many small pets (chinchillas, guinea pigs, etc.)

What We Don't Like
  • Low-quality accessories

  • Unclear assembly instructions

The Living World Deluxe Habitat combines a wire upper cage frame with a six-inch, smooth plastic bottom, which prevents your hedgehog from climbing and falling, while providing them with nearly eight square feet of livable space (when purchasing the X-Large version).

A well-ventilated option, this habitat/cage has a tasteful and attractive wire top and sides in red and white. In addition to the wire door on the front of the habitat, the entire top opens for easy access to the cage’s contents whenever it’s time to clean, rearrange accessories, or remove your hedgie for a change of scenery.

This habitat/cage assembles in four simple steps using the plastic clips provided. Durable and long-lasting, it includes a balcony with access ramp, small animal hideout, a tip-proof food bowl, a water bottle, and hay guard. The included accessories will only be moderately useful for hedgehog owners, which are unlikely to need the hay guard. Perlick also recommends replacing any water bottle tips with poultry nipple water dispensers, which are easier for hedgies. The hideout and balcony may also prove less useful for hedgehogs, and may need replaced if your hedgehog uses it as a platform for climbing the wire.

Price at time of publish: $156 (Extra Large)

Materials: Wire and plastic | Dimensions: Standard (30.7 x 18.9 x 19.7 inches), large (37.8 x 22.4 x 22 inches), and extra large (46.9 x 22.8 x 24 inches) | Accessories: Hay feeder, water bottle, hideout with balcony, tip-proof dish

Best Budget

MidWest Homes for Pets Guinea Habitat

Guinea Habitat Plus Guinea Pig Cage by MidWest


What We Like
  • Easily assembled

  • Recommended by veterinarians and breeders

  • Folds up easily for storage or travel

What We Don't Like
  • Difficult to attach accessories

Although designed with guinea pigs in mind, this structure is perfectly fine for a hedgehog, too, as long as you keep a few things in mind. For starters, it has generous dimensions of 8 square feet and 1-inch bar spacing, which make it safe and fun for hedgies to enjoy, as long as you fill it with plenty of enrichment toys and accessories. (Hedgehogs don't like a lot of open, empty space.) 

The top panel is constructed of durable wire mesh and is fully removable when it’s time to clean the cage. The bottom is leak-proof, easy to take out, and features PVC and canvas lining, creating a cushy and clean surface for your hedgie’s feet. A dividing panel with a ramp section is included if you want to separate a play area from a litter box, dig box, or other designation. The ramp is very low, so as long as the floor is kept sufficiently cushioned, your hedgie will likely be fine if he falls onto it. However, it’s also removable if you prefer. 

 Price at time of publish: $65 (Plus size)

Materials: Alloy steel | Dimensions: 47 x 24 x 14 inches | Accessories: Divider and ramp

Best with Play Yard

Oxbow Enriched Life Extra Large Habitat with Play Yard

Oxbow Enriched Life Small Animal Cage with Play Yard


What We Like
  • Plenty of ventilation provided

  • Play yard is detachable

  • Useful hideout

What We Don't Like
  • Ramp up into cage should be cushioned for hedgies

There’s plenty for your hedgie to explore in the Oxbow Enriched Life Small Animal Cage with Play Yard. Since a prominent hedgehog instinct is to burrow and hide, this set includes a built-in hideout. There’s also a ramp (with minimal incline), platform, water bottle, and food dish. A spacious play yard for your hedgie is also provided, as well as a strong steel frame to safely hold it all together. 

There’s a detachable floor that allows for ease of cleaning, and the front and top doors open wide to allow full accessibility. While the hay manager may not apply to hedgehogs, it can simply be removed, providing more space. Also, even though there is a low level ramp, if there is sufficient cushion provided underneath, hedgies will be ok even if they fall.

 Price at time of publish: $203

Materials: Plastic | Dimensions: ‎46.3 x 23.2 x 26.97 inches | Accessories: N/A

Best Travel

HAICHEN TEC Portable Hedgehog Carrier

HAICHEN TEC Portable Hedgehog Carrier


What We Like
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty

  • Resistant to chewing

  • Spacious enough to allow a standard size exercise wheel

  • Polypropylene plastic construction is heat-resistant up to 80-100 degrees Celsius

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • No instructions included (although it’s pretty simple to figure out)

  • Side doors stick

The HAICHEN TEC Portable Hedgehog Carrier is a handy option for those who travel and want to take their hedgie along for the ride. Equipped with durable wheels and handles the HAICHEN TEC Portable Hedgehog Carrier makes for smooth transport. It’s also collapsible, saving space when not in use. 

Sturdily constructed, your hedgehog will also be well-ventilated, plus it has cozy spaces for hiding while you travel. The carrier has both a top and front door that both open for cleaning or removing your pet. Also, the smooth, clear plastic enclosure allows you to visually monitor your hedgie at all times.

Price at time of publish: $50

Dimensions: 19.69 x 13.78 x 11.81 inches | Colors: Yellow, white | Features: Wheels, accessory cable holes, ventilation, collapsible

Best Tub

Sterilite Storage



What We Like
  • Easy to warm and keep at a steady temperature

  • BPA-free and phthalate-free

  • Durable, molded handles allow for comfortable, easy transport

What We Don't Like
  • Requires DIY modification

  • Major retailers often only have them available in 4-packs

According to Perlick, plastic Sterilite tubs of 110-quart size or larger are an ideal solution if you’re handy enough to make some slight modifications (or you know someone who is!) The smooth plastic sides prevent hedgies from climbing and make for easy cleaning, while also being easily customized by drilling holes and attaching accessories. Lids are easily altered to provide proper ventilation as well. 

When it’s time to clean out the cage, it’s a cinch to remove accessories and, of course, your hedgie, and then just dump the dirty contents into the trash. Next, step over to the utility sink, bathtub, or backyard hose to wash out the inside in a jiffy. (Of course, be sure you use a gentle critter-safe soap, preferably unscented) If you’re unsure or need ideas, YouTube has some how-tos on the subject.

Price at time of publish: $109 (4-pack)

Materials: Plastic | Dimensions: 34 5/8 x 18 3/4 x 12 5/8 inches (110-quart size) | Accessories: N/A

Best Playpen

Pawaboo Small Animal Playpen

What We Like
  • Comes in six attractive colors

  • Lightweight and easy to transport

  • Pops open easily when ready to use

  • Side door is useful for getting pets in and out, great for breastfeeding pets

  • Works for hedgehogs as well as many other small animals

What We Don't Like
  • Some had trouble folding it back into the bag provided

  • Hedgehogs may chew fabric if it smells good to them; keep an eye on them while in the playpen

Hedgehog playpens are great for a change of scenery, extra playtime, or when it’s time to clean your hedgie’s cage and you need a place to keep them safe briefly. Although not technically a cage, playpens still provide safe boundaries for small pets while temporarily stimulating them with a new, enriching experience. Our favorite is the Pawaboo Small Animals Playpen, a recently upgraded option which can be used indoors or out.

Crafted of sturdy cloth and durable wire mesh, this playpen offers a cozy, secure spot for your hedgie to hang out. Made in a fun hexagonal shape, it has a breathable top which can be left open or zipped shut. Each side is constructed with wire mesh, which means your pet gets optimal ventilation while playing. What’s more? It conveniently folds flat, easy to stash in its own handy portable tote for storage or travel. It’s also waterproof, ensuring no liquids (urine, spilled water) get through the bottom of the pen onto your floor or other surfaces.

Price at time of publish: $27

Materials: Polyester | Dimensions: 52.36 x 25.59 x 14.96 inches | Accessories: N/A

Final Verdict

Our top pick for hedgehog cage is the Living World Deluxe Habitat, which meets expert criteria for safety, materials used in its construction, and ease of cleaning/maintenance. If you’re restricted a bit more on your budget, the Guinea Habitat Plus Guinea Pig Cage by Midwest is recommended for its spaciousness, safety criteria, and convenient leak-proof and removable PVC/canvas floor, ideal for sensitive hedgehog feet. Both products are available on Amazon. 

What to Look For


The materials used to construct a hedgehog cage are a fundamental consideration before you purchase. Smooth materials like plastic work well because hedgies can’t climb it and it washes clean easily. Plus, plastic containers and wading pools do the trick for those on a stricter budget. 

Additionally, wire cages or wire bars on cages are acceptable if rust-proof, but only if there is a plastic bottom base of six inches or more so your hedgehog can’t climb it. Make sure whatever type of cage you buy has a lid and enough ventilation for your hedgie to breathe when the lid is on.

Accessories Included

Some cages come with accessories conveniently already included. This makes for a shorter shopping trip, especially if the accessories match what you’re looking for. Many cages come with accessories like water bottles and food dishes, attachable/detachable parts like a built-in exercise wheel or a thermostat. Search for a cage with as many high quality accessories as possible.

Maintenance/Ease of Cleaning 

You’ll need to do it a lot, so it’s essential that your hedgehog cage is easy to clean. Choose a cage you can easily lift and maneuver that isn’t too heavy or awkwardly shaped. It’s also helpful if the cage can either be disassembled or easily accessed through doors or other openings (that lock up when done). 

The materials used to construct the cage are important to consider too, since some are easier to clean than others. Wire or plastic cages, for example, are easier to clean than wood, since wood can absorb odors and moisture which can lead to health issues.

  • Do hedgehogs like multi-level cages?

    Perlick shares that while hedgehogs love to climb and are excellent climbers, most  multi level cages are not safe for them. Since their eyesight is quite poor, they can easily misjudge distances and fall off upper levels in multi-level cages. However, she adds, if levels aren’t too steep or the cage comes equipped with barriers along the edges of the upper levels, it might be okay. 

  • How big should a hedgehog cage be?

    While there is some disagreement about the ideal size of a hedgehog cage, the minimum acceptable size is four square feet, according to Perlick. However, she adds, hedgehogs don’t like a lot of open, empty space. Make sure you provide plenty of toys or other interesting things in their cage to help them stay occupied. 

  • What do they need in their cages?

    First things first: Hedgehogs need fresh water and food daily. This means you’ll need to get the proper food and water dishes or dispensers. Specifically regarding water, Perlick advises that, “Water should be in a dish or special water bottle made for chickens called a chicken or poultry nipple drinker.” She also warns that dispensers made for rabbits or guinea pigs aren’t safe for hedgehogs, and they will probably have trouble using them. 

    • Heat source: Hedgehogs also need a heat source. If not kept warm, hedgehogs can hibernate and die (cages should ideally be kept at temperatures between 75 degrees and 85 degrees Fahrenheit — definitely no lower than 72 degrees Fahrenheit). Perlick recommends a safe heating system, such as a Ceramic Heat Emitter (or CHE) for hedgehog cages. It should ideally be a 150-watt system with a thermostat so that you can set it to turn on and off by itself.

      Heat pads are often inappropriate for hedgehogs because they can burn the hedgehogs’ skin and sometimes they don’t get hot enough, resulting in the hedgehogs hibernating.

    • Bedding: Your hedgehog will need some type of bedding. There are numerous kinds to choose from, such as recycled paper, towels, wood shavings, corn cob bedding, newspaper, and fleece, a favorite among hedgehog enthusiasts due to its softness for the hedgehog’s feet, and ease of cleaning. (Some even cut the fleece into strips for their hedgehogs to drag around, hide under, and play with.)

      If you choose a reusable type of bedding, select whatever you find is most absorbent and durable, as it will need to be washed frequently. Plus, be sure to get enough of it. You’ll need plenty, especially if your hedgehog isn’t litter trained — in which case it should be changed out every day.

    • Floor of the cage: Similar to bedding, the cage floor needs some type of padding to prevent injury to the hedgehogs’ tender feet. Fleece is an ideal fabric to spread across the hedgehog’s floor, as long as you keep it clean and change it out regularly. You may choose fleece to cover the floor and use a different type of bedding in dig boxes or other parts of the cage for variation.

    • Litter pan with litter and scoop: This one is pretty self-explanatory. If your hedgehog is litter trained, you’ll want a litter pan with litter and a scoop for cleaning it out. It’s best to set up their litter pan on the opposite side of the cage from their food and water. If they are litter trained, you can usually change out the litter pan once a week or so, (scooping daily), depending on how much litter is in it and how much it’s been used. 

      If they’re not litter trained, cleaning the bedding and/or floor coverings out daily — or at least spot cleaning (or scooping) — is called for. To fill the litter pan, wood or paper pellets are better than cat litter, but if you prefer to use cat litter, make sure it’s unscented and non-clumping.

    • Exercise wheel: Perlick says that hedgehogs are very active nocturnally and run five to seven miles every night. That’s right, five to seven ACTUAL miles. She explains that, “If you don’t give them a wheel, they wind up running in circles which is a sign of neurosis. They may also become obese or get sores on their feet. A large solid wheel, twelve inches across or larger, is ideal, and it must be kept clean as they (defecate) while they run.” To avoid a buildup of hedgie excrement which can cause health issues, the wheel must absolutely be cleaned daily. 

    • Hideout: Hedgies need a place with areas to hide that are dark, so the cage’s walls are preferably not transparent unless you provide at least one or two hideouts inside the cage (some people buy see-through princess-style small pet houses that are not appropriate for hedgehogs; Perlick advises to steer clear of these). Hedgehogs like to hide out when they’re tired and they also enjoy digging in “dig boxes” which you can find at many pet supply stores and online (you can easily make these yourself in a pinch with a little creativity!)

    • Toys: If you were to find a wild hedgehog, you would likely observe their tendency to dig and burrow into thick piles of leaves and brush. To recreate this in their cage, you can make or buy dig boxes, pom pom pits (a shallow container filled with hedgie-sized fleece pom poms), or similar toys. Perlick shares that some hedgehogs also like cat toys or little duckies (like children’s bath toys) that squeak.

      Many of them also enjoying playing with simple household objects like empty toilet paper rolls (cut a slit into them lengthwise on each end to make sure their little hedgie heads don’t get stuck if they try to burrow in), four-inch PVC pipes, strips of cut up fleece attached to a box to make a miniature “car wash” for them to run through, and small blankets to drag around and hide under. Perlick says they also like the smell of peppermint, so if you can find a mint-scented toy or a mint stick (found on Chewy and other sites), they’ll likely love it! (but please don’t give them mints or peppermint oil)
  • Can you have more than one hedgehog in a cage?

    According to Perlick, hedgehogs generally prefer to be solitary animals. They do not need other hedgehog friends. Males and females should not be housed together unless breeding, as males will eat any babies born, promptly impregnate the females again, and eat the babies again when born. Two males together will also fight as they are very territorial. They can fight sometimes even to the death.

    Some people have success with housing two female hedgehogs together, especially if they’ve been raised together since birth, but you must double up on everything (two exercise wheels, two food dishes, double the space, etc.) if you’re going to try this. 

    But truthfully, Perlick emphasizes that there is usually no good reason to house two females together, even if it works.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This roundup was written by KJ Callihan, who has been writing for The Spruce since 2021. You may have also seen her best-of lists, gift guides and product reviews on sites like CNET, AAA Northeast magazine, BOTW, and Finfrock Marketing blogs. To ensure this guide recommended the highest quality products, Callihan researched an array of hedgehog cages and their features. She also consulted Jenna Perlick at Having bred hedgehogs for over four and a half years, Perlick was able to share detailed guidance on their cages, behaviors, and needs.