A commonly asked question concerns hedgehog and other
pets. Can they live together? Can they coexist peacefully?
While the answers aren't always cut-and-dried, there are some basic rules that
will help your pets get along.
Cats and hedgehogs can coexist peacefully, especially once the cats discover that the hedgehogs are covered with quills. Even the most stubborn cats will give hedgehogs a wide berth once they've had a poke in the nose or on the pads of their feet.
The secret is to introduce the two together by holding the hedgehog in your arms, then allow the cat to come up and investigate the hedgehog. A quick and painless nose-full of quills later and your cat will have gained a lifelong respect for hedgehogs.
In general, the rules that applies to cats will likewise apply
to dogs, but you must be very careful when dealing with large breed dogs and
those with obsessive tendencies.
All first-time encounters should be fully supervised, as should
subsequent encounters for the next several visits until such time as you are
confident with your dog's interaction with the hedgehog.
While I have heard good reports regarding hedgehog and ferret
interaction, I feel it extremely important to stress the importance of
supervision with all encounters. It only takes a split second for
something to go wrong.
Rodents & Other Small Pets
Hedgehogs will generally get along fine with Guinea Pigs, Rats,
etc. in a common play area just fine, but housing them together is not
recommended. They should be housed separately in all but the most unusual
of circumstances where a strong emotional bond develops between the two
pets. Even then, care and supervision must be exercised to ensure that
neither the hedgehog nor its companion are injured.