Should I leave water out for hedgehogs? The answer is yes. Hedgehogs normally get their water from the food they eat and from the environment they live in. Bugs apparently contain a reasonable amount of water and there is normally an abundance of puddles to drink from.
Should I leave water out for hedgehogs all year round? In the summer or during particularly dry weather it is very important to provide a bowl of water. This is especially true if the food you are leaving is the dry type.
The hedgehogs should be hibernating through the winter and the weather tends to be wetter so it shouldn’t be necessary.
Some people leave food and water out year round incase a hedgehog wakes from it hibernation due to hunger. This top up of food and water can be the difference between life and death for the hungry hedgehog.
We use a shallow bowl as it’s harder to tip over. We also change the water every night to try to avoid any build up of anything transmissible.