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    I have always noticed a smell at the bottom of my garden, I had been putting it down to the neighbours cats . Hedgehogs were always visiting my garden as I frequently saw their droppings in the garden, but I’ve only recently started feeding them .

    The smell is a lot stronger recently and I’m wondering if hedgehogs can cause a smell ? There’s two Hedgehog boxes in place there now, and two regular lodgers in the boxes .

    It doesn’t bother me and I wouldn’t try and get rid of the smell or anything , just wondering if the smell could be coming from the hogs ?

    Thanks .

    #11506

    Nic

    Hi Gr8mums

    I haven’t ever come across a strong smell in a certain area from hedgehogs. If they are eating a mostly natural diet, I don’t think the poos smell all that much either, although they do tend to smell more if they’ve been eating a lot of cat food, i.e. if they are being cared for, for some reason.

    They do apparently emit a smell if they are very frightened. I had a dog get into my garden once and it attacked a hedgehog. I could smell a sort of foxy smell and so to start with thought it was a fox. I was later told it may have been the hedgehog emitting the smell. But that was only temporary.

    I have in the past sometimes had male cats spraying in my garden and that can be quite smelly and it also seems to hang around for a while. But it is quite a distinctive smell, which you may be familiar with, but they do tend to keep re-spraying the same place.

    I expect you’ve already thought of the possibility of something dead? Or maybe it’s the wrong type of smell?

    Difficult to say. Let us know if you solve the mystery.

    #11511

    Hi Gr8mums,

    I would also imagine that it’s male cats spraying. They have regularly been picked up on our cameras spraying around the hedgehog houses and I have often wondered if thats why the hogs vacate them.

    #11557

    Hi,

    Thanks for the replies.

    I think my original guess was right and it’s just cats making the smell.
    The hogs seem fine and whatever it is , it doesnt seem to bothering them.

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