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Hedgehog in the house.

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TriciaF Sun 14-Feb-16 14:25:37

Not exactly a pet, but I was going to sweep the passage where there's a tight understairs space and there was an old mat there, the one we put by the door for people to wipe their shoes and dogs their feet. Pulled it out with the brush, and there was a hedgehog, fast asleep!
How it got in I don't know, and we don't really mind.
Except I hope it doesn't have fleas - do hedgehogs have fleas?

tanith Sun 14-Feb-16 14:31:06

yes they do , hopefully yours might not...

durhamjen Sun 14-Feb-16 14:33:12

You can find out all you want to know about hedgehogs on
Yes, they have fleas.

durhamjen Sun 14-Feb-16 14:34:35

Forgot to say, hedgehog fleas are host specific, so they do not live on humans or pets.
Unlike cat fleas.

amberdogxK9 Sun 14-Feb-16 14:52:10

It is probably still hibernating but will be active again soon at night. I know someone who has a mini Tiggywinkle's rescue for hedgehogs and has them in part of her home , she has never had a problem with fleas.

If the hedgehog since being disturbed starts wandering round in the day there is a problem and I would contact the nearest rescue. A box with a towel and hot water bottle well wrapped will help till you get it there. Nice that you care ...they are becoming rarer x

Jane10 Sun 14-Feb-16 15:18:48

What a wonderful surprise! I hope all is well with the poor thing and that you find the right help to keep it safe. Please keep us informed. I love hedgehogs!

TriciaF Sun 14-Feb-16 17:38:08

Thanks for the replies - I don't know what it's doing at the moment, but will keep an eye out for it wandering around at night.
I just can't understand how it got in, and how it got the mat to cover itself (not really a mat, a doubled square of old flanelette sheet.)
It's behind the cat's litter tray and I don't want Cat to get fleas - she had them once and it was a nightmare.

durhamjen Sun 14-Feb-16 17:41:29

Hedgehogstreet want sightings of hedgehogs because they are becoming an endangered species.
Your cat should not get fleas from the hedgehog, Tricia. Neither should you!

TriciaF Mon 15-Feb-16 07:25:15

Thanks to all - durhamjen that's a relief!
No change today.

Indinana Mon 15-Feb-16 08:07:05

How lovely! I love hedgehogs and am so sad that their numbers are seriously dwindling. I do hope your one is OK and I'm glad he's somehow managed to find a nice warm corner of your house to hibernate in smile.
Please keep us updated.

Auntieflo Mon 15-Feb-16 08:34:34

This took me back years to when DS1 was about 9/10. I came indoors to find him on the sofa with a hedgehog on his lap. I wasn't very amused, (the flea thing), and he had on my best gloves. We sprinkled it liberally with the cat's' flea powder, and the little blighters were jumping all over the place. This was 40 years ago and I can't remember what happened to Mr/Mrs Tiggywinkle.

Greymary Mon 15-Feb-16 17:09:28

Oh what an honour TriciaF, but how odd it has hibernated in your house.

Indiana, I didn't know hedgehog numbers were seriously dwindling. Is it due to so much building and different farming practices?

There was a hedgehog living in my garden, I only ever saw one at a time so assume it didn't have a mate - difficult to tell them apart except by size I expect. I trust it is still here, hibernating under the shed.

Very interested to know how things develop.

whitewave Mon 15-Feb-16 17:12:36

As a child there was always a hedgehog in the garden particularly on warm summer evenings. Haven't seen one for donkeys years. Poor things.

TriciaF Mon 15-Feb-16 18:11:58

Remember Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle? That's what I'll have to call her.

Greymary Mon 15-Feb-16 18:27:01

I haven't rechecked, but I think cat or dog food (tinned) is enjoyed by hedgehogs, and good to feed them.

Could that be what tempted your Mrs Tiggy-Winkle indoors since you have a cat? I wonder???

Eloethan Mon 15-Feb-16 19:22:48

That's lovely, I hope it's OK. I haven't seen a hedgehog for several years.

WilmaKnickersfit Mon 15-Feb-16 19:37:22

What a lovely surprise! Hedgehogs can move fast, so maybe your cat chased it indoors.

I would contact a local sanctuary and get some advice.

From Snuffle Lodge Hedgehog Rescue

Hibernaculums are the winter nests hogs use to hibernate – they are usually very well built, but could be indoors, under sheds, in compost heaps, even in newly built but unlit bonfires. The key here is to leave well alone – it can be dangerous for hogs to be woken from hibernation early. If you want to help your dozing hedgehog, please leave a shallow bowl of water and some dry cat biscuits out – hogs do stir occasionally for food, so these treats will be very welcome.

Elrel Mon 15-Feb-16 19:50:58

My daughter signed up a month or two ago to spend a night in undergrowth in Regent's Park on a hedgehog survey. One of her reasons was that she'd never seen a live hedgehog.
Novices were instructed by old hands and she certainly spent an interesting night and saw hedgehogs!

Indinana Mon 15-Feb-16 22:47:52

Please don't give your Mrs Tiggy-Winkle any milk, because they don't tolerate lactose and it will likely give them diarrhoea. I only mention it because it is often something people think they like (and actually, I think they do like it - it's just that it doesn't like them shock). Plain water is best.

Indinana Mon 15-Feb-16 22:52:42

Greymary I believe their numbers are declining due to loss of habitat (new roads, housing, etc.) not to mention the huge number of them killed on the roads sad.

Synonymous Mon 15-Feb-16 23:24:19

Years ago when DC were small we had quite a number of hedgehogs in our quite large garden. They were wonderful at eating pests and ate snails very noisily, it sounded just like boys eating crisps in the noisiest way possible. DC thought they were very funny. smile
On odd occasions we would find a hedgehog in our kitchen eating the cats' meat. They were very messy!

WilmaKnickersfit Mon 15-Feb-16 23:30:50

Apparently hedgehogs are declining in the wild at the same rate as tigers. On Springwatch last year, Michaela Strachan went hunting during the night for hedgehogs in Regents Park, as part of a project to track down the last remaining hedgehogs in central London. The hedgehogs are fitted with trackers to try and find out more about why numbers are in dropping so quickly and help other parks around the country preserve the population. IIRCC, it took hours to find a hedgehog and they think there's only about 5 hedgehogs in the whole of Regents park.

You can get a hedgehog for your garden from my local sanctuary. They eat the bugglies that eat your plants, but they will wander off if they can get out of your garden. They're very good at wiggling under fences! grin

durhamjen Mon 15-Feb-16 23:46:45

The idea is that you encourage them to go out of your garden by building holes for them to pass through your fence. Big enough for hedgehogs but not big enough for cats and dogs.

They need long runs. If you encourage your neighbours to do the same, they will come back to your garden - if they can get in.

WilmaKnickersfit Tue 16-Feb-16 00:06:12

They must be able to get out of your garden, as they can wander a couple of miles at night. The trick is to entice them to come back to your garden. wink

If your garden is completely enclosed, I think some sanctuaries will let you adopt a disabled hedgehog. Hogs can climb though, so you can't have any climbing plants that can be used to escape. My local sanctuary doesn't let you adopt disabled hogs, but you can see them at open days. Even 3 legged hogs can shift quickly when they want! grin

Elrel Tue 16-Feb-16 00:10:07

Wilma - so few in RP! My daughter definitely saw some there.