Are Hedgehogs Travel-Friendly? [Some of the Main Things to Remember]

Are you considering taking a trip soon and want to know if you can take your pet hedgehog? Well, that answer depends on the kind of trip you’re planning and your mode of transport.

A lot of hedgehog owners wonder if hedgehogs are travel-friendly. Do they enjoy traveling? Do they travel well? Will traveling by car or airplane cause them unnecessary stress?

These are important questions, and we’ll be sure to answer them in this article.

We’ll also look at some of the main things to remember when taking your hedgehog somewhere by car or on a plane.

Some Things to Consider when Traveling with Your Hedgehog

Not all hedgehogs are the same; some will be more tolerant of travel than others. Many hedgehogs can suffer from motion sickness, whereas others can be more sensitive to environmental changes.

So, before we discuss the essentials of taking your hedgehog on a trip in a car or a plane, let’s go over some of the other things you should consider when taking pet hedgehogs on any kind of trip.

Where Will You Stay?

When you and your hedgehog go on your trip, it is important to consider where you will stay.

Will you be staying at a friend’s or family member’s place? A hotel? A bed and breakfast? Or someplace else? Depending on where you stay, you may need to make additional arrangements.

For example, does the hotel or bed and breakfast allow pets? If yes, will you take a travel cage along with you, or will you try and make a temporary home for your hedgehog in the hotel room bathtub?

Keep Emergency Situations in Mind

If your hedgehog is not a good traveler or in case an accident occurs, there might be an emergency that you need to be prepared for.

So, in case of emergencies, it would be a good idea to do prior research on the veterinarians available at whichever location you are traveling to.

You should also pack some extra medicines or supplements that can help in case of a medical emergency.

How Long Will you be Traveling?

Some hedgehogs can tolerate small trips well enough, but if you’re traveling for hours or even days, the trip might take its toll on your pet.

Depending on how long you will be traveling for, you should plan how much food to take along with you, whether you will need any extra accommodations for your hedgehog, how often you will stop for breaks, and so on.

What to Remember when Traveling with your Hedgehog in a Car

Traveling by car is usually the best option to take your hedgehog somewhere with you. In fact, it is usually one of two options available since hedgehogs are not usually allowed onto trains, buses, and ships.

And, if you can somehow mimic your hedgehog’s usual environment in the car, then traveling should be pretty easy.

For a short trip in the car, you should be fine with just a travel bag and maybe a thermometer.

For longer trips, you can consider some extras to make the car ride as comfortable for your hedgehog as possible.

Also, it is important to remember that even though your hedgehog might tolerate a car ride, that doesn’t mean it will enjoy it or find the experience particularly enjoyable.

So, here are some of the things to remember when traveling with your hedgehog in your car:

Use the Right Travel Carrier

Whether you choose a travel bag or a cage, remember to pick a travel carrier that is well-ventilated and will ensure your hedgehog doesn’t get loose in the car.

If choosing a cage, go for one made from metal or strong plastic.

Additionally, choose a smaller carrier for ease of transport and to help your hedgehog feel secure and as though it is in a borough.

The carrier only needs to be big enough for your hedgehog to be able to sit, stand, lie down, and turn around in.

Prepare the Travel Carrier as Best as You Can

To keep your hedgehog comfortable in its carrier, you can take a few extra measures to prepare it well.

First, add a liner like a puppy training pad or newspaper to the bottom of the carrier. This will prevent your hedgehog from slipping when the car moves and can soak up any spills or accidents.

You can also put a small blanket or any other cozy material in the carrier for your hedgehog to snuggle up in.

If your carrier isn’t entirely covered, you can also use a lightweight and breathable blanket to cover it and help your hedgehog feel safe and secure.

Remember to Pack all the Essentials

Your hedgehog might not want to eat during a car ride due to anxiety and motion sickness. Traveling on a full stomach isn’t the best idea either.

However, you can pack some food just in case, and it is also important to keep water for your hedgehog.

Remember not to put the water in the hedgehog’s carrier, however, because a spill can cause your hedgehog to get wet and cold.

Other essentials to pack include cleaning supplies, blankets, trash bags, heat supplies, etc.

Regulate the Car’s Temperature

Hedgehogs are very sensitive to heat and cold. To keep your hedgehog happy and comfortable, regulate your car’s temperature and keep the temperature between 23 ºC and 29 ºC.

You should also avoid keeping the carrier in direct sunlight or direct lines of the air vents.

You can also use ice packs and hand warmers for additional cooling or warmth.

What to Remember when Traveling with your Hedgehog on a Plane

Traveling with a hedgehog by plane can often be a difficult or even impossible option. Most airlines do not allow you to take a hedgehog with you in the cabin, and keeping them in the pressurized and very cold cargo is not the best idea.

The pressure in cargo can cause your hedgehog to feel stressed, sick, and very uncomfortable.

However, it may be possible to keep your hedgehog in a plane’s cargo hold with a hand warmer or a microwaveable warmer that can stay warm during the flight.

You may also need to check if the transport provider will give your hedgehog water regularly during the plane ride.

Before you take your hedgehog on an airplane, be sure to check that your trip destination is where it is legal to take a hedgehog.

In some states, taking or keeping hedgehogs as pets is illegal, and your hedgehog can be confiscated or euthanized.

You should also ensure that you have an adequate health certificate for your hedgehog, which is essential for entry onto any kind of plane.

And, similar to when traveling in a car, you should ensure that you have the right carrier, that it is prepared well, and that you have all of the essentials that your hedgehog might need during the trip.

Wrap Up

When properly cared for and accommodated, hedgehogs can make great travel companions.

A safe and enjoyable trip for both you and your hedgehog depends on proper research and preparation.

You can take your spiky friend on many adventures with the right measures in place and create unforgettable memories with him.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Far Can Hedgehogs Travel?

Hedgehogs can travel up to 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) in one night in search of food and suitable habitats. However, their range may vary depending on factors such as food availability, habitat fragmentation, and population density.

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