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Old 05-09-2015, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Hedgie, just gotten today.

So this is my first hedgie and don't know to approach picking her up. I put in a small blanket of mine in the igloo(she obviously pulled it out and sleeping under it) that I use ever since I was a baby. So it's like a type of meshie kinda fabric but don't know if the quills would go through it.

Also have another question about the cat food I bought ahead of time(the breeder gave me some food that will last a month I'm using atm) I got IAMS 1+ cat food with chicken, but also found out it has corn meal is that any bad?
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Old 05-09-2015, 08:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just switched out the blanket with one of my old tshirts
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Old 05-13-2015, 12:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Pick her up by putting one hand on each side and scoop her up.
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Old 05-13-2015, 09:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Iams is not a good quality food. Most of the more "common" brands are actually garbage (or close to). Iams, Purina, Pedigree, etc. If you can get it at a grocery store, it's likely not very good.

You want a food with named meats as the primary ingredients. Cat food should have little to no grains. You don't want to see corn, by-products, or unnamed meat sources.

If the bag isn't opened you can probably return it and get something better - some stores, like Petco, will also take opened bags back.

As for picking her up, just scoop her. Use a blanket to protect your hands if you want to, just while you get used to the quills. I still pick my Hamish up with his blanket if he's in a grumpy mood (which is 70% of the time lol). One hand on either side of her body and gently scoop under.

Don't stop holding or trying to pick up if she hisses, pops, etc. If you back off then they will learn that the behaviors get you to go away. They respond better to handling at night, when they are naturally more active, and seem to do well on a schedule. I handle my Hamish every night at 8:30 for a good half hour - and occasionally during the day, now that we're used to each other.

Good luck!
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