Posted: 05/10/2015 at 06:22
I put the food and water the other side of the garden - they find it - I think it's best not to attract rats, cats and foxes to the hibernation spot (your cat is obviously an exception as 'your' hedgehog seems to have adopted her).
The hedgehogs sometimes wake in a warm spell during hibernation and sometimes move to a different nest so don't panic if that happens. That's why it's good to keep some food out there during the winter so they can replenish any energy used when they wake. Dried food, chopped peanuts, sunflower seeds and dried mealworms are good for that as they don't 'go off' so quickly and can be put out for the birds if the hedgehogs don't have them.