Hedgehogs communicate their thoughts and feelings to those around them via noises and body language. The noises that your hedgehog can make are actually quite varied. While it is impossible to documents every noise a hedgehog might make, here is a listing of the most common noises and their meanings.
Noise: Purring, whistling, snuffling
Meaning: “I am happy and content.” Frequently heard when being petted, during lap time, searching out interest8ing treats, etc.
Noise: Puffing, snorting, sneezing
Meaning: “I am not happy.” These are warning signs that your hedgehog needs a little space or is not happy. Sometimes this is a sign your should leave your hedgehog alone. Other time, despite the fact that your hedgehog wants to be left alone you may not want to listen (examples – bathing, feeding medicine, being placed in his or her cage) as this can teach your hedgehog that he, not you, is in charge.
A note on sneezing – sometimes sneezing can also be a sign that your hedgehog’s bedding is dusting and needs cleaning. Otherwise, when sneezing is accompanies by a runny nose, wheezing, or any sign that your hedgehog is congested – a trip to the veterinarian is recommended as sneezing can be a sign of an upper respiratory infection. Unlike people, hedgehog’s usually need help getting over colds, so do not try to “wait it out.”
Noise: Hissing, clicking
Meaning: “I am scared.” Note that we usually assume hissing means “anger.” In this case, this is just your hedgehog’s method of letting you know that he or she is afraid. Do your best to remove the source of discomfort if at all possible.
Meaning: Chirping is heard in two distinct scenarios. One, this is a sound males make while mating. Two, baby hedgehogs will frequently chirp while suckling.
Meaning: “I am in pain.” This is not a noise your should ignore. Your hedgehog could be caught in a dangerous situation and your intervention is needed right away.