Traveling with a Hedgehog

Traveling with a Hedgehog

When you're planning to go on vacation it can be very difficult to find someone to take care of your pets while you're gone and some of you might not want to leave them with someone else. This is especially a problem with hedgehogs, because they're very sensitive and naturally shy, little animals. What's special about them is that they get very used to their owner and remain super shy towards everyone else. Many you know this, which is why I've been getting a lot of requests to write a blog post on this topic and to explain how I travel with my hedgehog. Traveling with Pokee started when I decided to go abroad for a semester. At that point Pokee was already super tame and used to me but generally shy towards others. Leaving him with my family or a friend for 5 months was never an option for me. Which is why I needed to take him with me, yet I had to figure out a way to provide similar housing without having to bring all his heavy equipment.


Normally, Pokee stays in a wooden cage (terrarium) that we built for him a while ago. Since wood is extremely heavy though, I knew  I wasn't going to be able to bring his regular cage with me. I started searching for alternative options that were similar in size to his cage and finally found this:

It's actually called a 'puppy stall' and basically functions like a tent. You can fold it together in a few seconds, it's super easy to transport and small when folded together. When you set it up though, it's large enough to keep a hedgehog in it (100 x 100cm). Whether you want to take your hedgehog with you or leave it with your family or a friend while you travel, this might be a nice option for you, because you can easily bring it with you wherever you go and you don't need to worry about the transportation of a heavy cage. So when I travel with Pokee this is one of the essentials I bring along. 


Inside the travel cage I use fleece blankets as bedding. I usually bring along two of them, so I can use one when the other one is in the laundry. Although it's already quite dark inside the travel cage, I usually place either another blanket or a towel on top of it, so it's very dark and Pokee doesn't feel observed and uncomfortable. Additionally, I bring along the following things:



Hedgehogs love hideouts, I usually bring 1-2 of them.



There should be two seperate bowls, one for water and the other for dry cat food. Read more about food here.



Hedgehogs naturally clean themselves with sand, so in Germany it's typical to have a sand bath. I also bring it when I travel with Pokee and fill it with chinchilla sand. He also uses it as a toilet. Read more about bathing here.



Pokee uses a running plate, some might use a running wheel - which ever option you decide for - bring it with you.



To ensure the minimum temperature is given at all times you can either use a heating mat or lamp.  When traveling I think it's smart to use a heating mat, since it can be placed underneath the travel cage. Therefore, you need to build up the cage close to a power outlet. This is the one that I use. It's always on, Pokee decides when he needs it and only sometimes sleeps on it. 



The temperature is very important. Keep in mind that it can never be cooler than 18 degrees Celsius // 65 degrees Fahrenheit. If the minimum temperature isn't given it is possible that your hedgehog lapses into torpor, even though African pygmy hedgehogs naturally don't hibernate. Therefore, always bring a thermometer and place it inside the cage to make sure it's warm enough.



Depending on what kind of transportation box you use, you can also place this inside the travel cage and use it as a hideout. I currently use a plastic transport box for small animals, but I'm actually looking for a different one, since Pokee doesn't seem to like the plastic. I will keep you updated and let you know as soon as I've found one that works really well. I normally place one of my t-shirts inside the box, so he feels safe and comfy and we're good to go.


Some of you are wondering if I'm able to travel with Pokee by plane. Sadly, the answer is no, I'm not able to take him on a plane. The airlines that I checked only allow cats and small dogs in the cabin. The problem with hedgehogs, as explained above, is that they're very sensitive when it comes to temperature. I wouldn't leave Pokee in the luggage area for that reason. The argumentation for the restrction in the cabin is very hard to find out. I talked to some people who work for different airlines and they believe it's due to the policies that are just too old and in need of an update. Generally, policies state that no pets at all are allowed in cabins, however airlines make an exception for dogs and cats. They don't allow rodents, because it's possible that during turbulences their transport boxes may pop open and they might bite some cables. However, hedgehogs are neither rodents, nor are they able to break something. Since rodents are not very temperature sensitive it's possible to bring them along in the regular luggage area. I conclude that hedgehogs are currently not able to travel by plane, even though they're small mammals like cats and dogs and most certainly sleep during the whole trip. If this airplane hedgehog travel situation happens to change I will update you immediately!


Therefore, at the moment my only option is to travel by train, bus or by car. Since I have my own car it was possible for me to make a trip through Scandinavia and bring Pokee along. However, when I take him with me I need to make sure to travel during day time, because only then he sleeps through the whole car ride. Once again, I need to check the tempeerature inside the car and need to make sure it's constantly the same, neither too cold not too hot. Other than that I bring along some water and treats for him in case he wakes up and needs something we take a short break! :) 


Bringing hedgehogs to hotels is surprisingly almost never a problem. I mostly don't need to look for special hotels where pets are allowed, since none of the hotels I stayed in so far minded Pokee staying in my room. However, I need to check with them before and explain the hedgehog situation, since so many people are still unfamiliar with pet hedgehogs. It is possible though, that you need to pay an extra fee for pets. We had an amazing experience with FeWo-direkt and stayed at two beautiful apartments in Oslo and Malmö. They have apartments all over the world and it's very easy to communicate with the agencies or landlords through their app. This was a fantastic experience and never an issue to bring Pokee along.

I really hope this information is useful to some of you lovely hedgehog owners out there. I also hope it gives you some ideas about traveling with your hedgehogs or how your family and friends can take care of them while you're on vacation. Since this is such a new topic to many of us, I would love some feedback from you! <3

xx Litha & Pokee

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Comments: 18
  • #1

    Alexandra (Saturday, 03 June 2017 12:03)

    I've recently bought my own little hedgehog and I'm quite confident we'll be able to take him on a few trips within Finland and I had just been wondering what kind of moveable home I should get him so this post came at the the perfect time. Really appreciated tips!
    I've not been able to find a puppy stall like the one you have in Finland so if yours is from Germany I can probably order it online, where did you find yours?


  • #2

    Talitha (Saturday, 03 June 2017 13:02)

    Hi Alexandra,

    wow - amazing timing I guess! You can order one here:

    This is similar to the one that I have. I hope they ship to Finland! Otherwise try Amazon UK?

    Let me know if it worked! :)


  • #3

    Alexandra (Sunday, 04 June 2017 19:40)

    Huge thanks Talitha, I've now ordered that one!
    Looking forward to reading more tips about life with a hedgehog :)



  • #4

    Meghan (Friday, 07 July 2017 22:25)

    Picking up my young hedgehog on Sunday and I'm a first time hedgie owner! How hot does the heating pad get? Is it safe to leave it under the puppy pack when you're not there? Do you leave him unattended in that pen? Going on a girls' weekend at the end of the month and hoping he'll be good to travel with me by then (don't want to push him, but also, don't want to leave him with anyone). I'd generally be in the house with him but I wanted to leave him undisturbed in a quiet room while things are going on around our cabin. Thoughts??

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  • #6

    Scarlett (Saturday, 26 August 2017 14:29)

    I was wondering how you got around with this little guy! I fly with my small dog and I noticed the pet policy always has restrictions against hedgehogs. Glad there is such an extensive rail system in Europe. I adore all your photos!

  • #7

    Marjolein (Sunday, 24 September 2017 16:46)

    Hi! You've given a lot of useful information about travelling with a hedgehog. I wonder how you transport him when you hike for example. Do you carry him in your backpack? What kind of arrangements do you make for him?


  • #8

    Jeanette (Thursday, 16 November 2017 20:23)

    Hey, ich wollte fragen, ob du einen Post veröffentlicht hast, wie man einen Igel kauft? :)

  • #9

    Cayla Rosenblatt (Sunday, 19 November 2017 21:39)

    Hi Talitha, I live in south africa and i plan on traveling to europe mainly Holland next year.

    i was wondering if you knew anything about overseas traveling concerning bring your pet.

    if you have any advice or anyone or website i could go to that might help in any way , would you please let me know.

    thank you. kindest regards ,

  • #10

    Leah white (Monday, 04 December 2017 09:35)

    Hi, can you give me any direct advice on travelling on a boat/ferry with a hedgehog?

  • #11

    Martina (Tuesday, 30 January 2018 21:54)

    Hello Mr. Pokee :) Can i ask you - i Will travel to Norway this year and what do I need to be able to travel with my hedgehog to Norway? Im from Slovakia. Thanks for your answer :)

  • #12

    Vivian (Tuesday, 29 May 2018 00:50)

    Hi! I was wondering how much you take Pokee out when you travel? Do you just taking out adventuring for an hour or so?

  • #13

    Annie (Friday, 01 June 2018)

    Hi, it seems as though you are encouraging the breeding of hedgehogs - an animal that would predominantly kept inside, in a cage. Not everyone will care for their hedgehog as you do. Most caged/small animals are not well kept and are often grown tired off. It is irresponsible of you to encourage this. They are not meant to be pets. I have adopted many neglected small animals. There are many other animals that are in need of adoption. You should be encouraging this instead. Hedgehogs are endangered in the UK. Breeding is often a cruel process and animals, especially the mother, experience great neglect. Thanks for reading.

  • #14

    Ferret (Thursday, 28 June 2018 22:22)

    I used to fly Delta with my ferret in the Cabin. Delta was the only airline I found that allowed this back in 2000.

  • #15

    Jason (Thursday, 16 August 2018 22:41)

    Hey, I was just wondering if there is any airline that allows hedgehogs on board? Because I planning to travel to New York around february and I am kind of worried since I have asked a few of my trust worthy friends to take care of her but none are able to help. So I asked my parents but they do not want to take care of her.... so if someone knows any airline that allows hedgehogs, please let me know.


  • #16

    Andrea (Monday, 03 September 2018 20:25)

    Hey Litha (:

    Thanks a lot for blogging this! I am looking forward to get a hedgy. I live in Germany and I don't seem to find trustful breeders. Can you recommend a breeder or a good place to get a hedgy?

    Thanks in advanced,

  • #17

    Adriana (Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:59)

    Hey,I was wondering how much money should you have before getting a hedgehog and what supplies should I use to travel from house to another every other day.

  • #18

    Elodie (Thursday, 31 January 2019 19:56)

    Hey guys!
    So, I'm planning on getting a little hedgehog, but then I have to go camping 2 weeks after. Do you think it would be better to take the hedgehog with me, or leave it with someone else?
    Thanks so much!