If the hedgehog is hibernating, gently replace the animal into the space, re-cover with old nest material and leave alone. If this is not possible then place the hedgehog in a large box or in a part of the garden the hedgehog will be safe and sheltered. Make sure the hedgehog can get out of the box easily.
If the hedgehog is not hibernating and has young hoglets, recover them and leave them alone. If this is not possible, please call the National RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 for advice.
If the weather is not cold and the hedgehog seems healthy, it should be left alone. Provide food and water and monitor the situation. If it does not seem interested in the food, call the National RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
If the weather is cold (frost, snow or below freezing) or the hedgehog is staggering, circling or obviously sick or injured then please call the National RSPCA.
If you found a hedgehog that is clearly sick or injured, or an orphaned hoglet that weighs less than 300g, please call the National RSPCA‟s cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.
Supplementing a hedgehog‟s natural diet by leaving out food is a great way to help hedgehogs in your area. Hedgehogs will love tinned dog or cat food
and crushed dog or cat biscuits (not fishbased). Hedgehog food is also highly
recommended and often available from suppliers of wild bird food.
Never feed hedgehog’s bread and/or milk! Cow‟s milk can cause diarrhoea and bread is very low in nutrients. Leave a shallow dish of fresh clean water every day. Clean the dish outside (not in the kitchen) every day with hot soapy water and rinse well.
Cats do not normally pose a problem as they usually leave hedgehogs alone after initial investigation.
Dogs can attack hedgehogs, though they will rarely succeed in getting through their spines unless the hedgehog is sick or young. Try to keep dogs away from hedgehogs and monitor or keep your dog on a lead in the garden at dusk or night when you know the hedgehogs will be out. You can also „warn‟ any hedgehog before you come outside by turning a light on. Owners may worry about “hedgehog fleas” being passed to their pets; however they cannot survive on any species but hedgehogs