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Old 12-22-2012, 12:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey! So i was thinking of getting layla a ferret or iguana harness (and leash). Im sure everyone has seen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsJTrX1hGJo
That lady in the video said she used a iguana harness....it looks pretty safe unlike vented harnesses (like http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j ... lInUS%2FNo), it looks like it wont keep them from balling up or raising their quills.....what do you guys think? I think it'd be fine for Layla since she is a very brave hedgie , and hardly ever raises her quills, even at scary dogs/cats/random people/etc.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Why would you want to use a leash/harness? They're not necessary for outside exploration and I wouldn't suggest using a leash to restrain a hedgehog. That harness isn't as bad as it could be but the "design" of the quills means that any kind of harness, when fitted close enough to be worthwhile, will pin some quills down. Their skeletal structures don't work for a harness either. Hedgehogs are so small that you can simply pick them up to travel from one place to another or to keep them from going somewhere, so I don't see how it serves any purpose other than the owner's amusement. I wouldn't recommend using one - it has the potential for discomfort or harm without any good reason to use it.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with moxiberry, a harness/leash isn't a good idea for a hedgie. I believe there' have been hedgies hurt with that type of harness (the first one you linked) because if they try to ball up they aren't able to normally and then they panic and keep trying. Hedgies don't need leashes, you're better off carrying them. A hedgie on a leash can easily be attacked by another animal or even a bird. If you're carrying them they're much safer
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Old 12-23-2012, 12:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree with moxiberry, a harness/leash isn't a good idea for a hedgie. I believe there' have been hedgies hurt with that type of harness (the first one you linked) because if they try to ball up they aren't able to normally and then they panic and keep trying. Hedgies don't need leashes, you're better off carrying them. A hedgie on a leash can easily be attacked by another animal or even a bird. If you're carrying them they're much safer
Alright thanks!
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