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Old 07-01-2015, 11:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Today, i tried to have a bonding time but he was sleeping in the corner. I wanted to wake him up and pick him up but i couldn't because he was in the corner and my hand couldn't scoop him up. What should i do at this point. I didnt want him to feel more stressed so left him alone today. But in the future, what should i do
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You have to get him out every day. Use a fleece blanket to pick him up if you're too afraid to do it bare handed. You need to get used to handling him as much as he needs to use to you handling him. If you get poked it's no big deal. It'll hurt for a second, but then it's done and you've picked up your hedgehog.
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Mine was also like that during his first few weeks with me don't worry just handle him daily and scoop him up from the belly. Usually what I did with mine so he would relax was I put my hand near his nose so he can smell me, then I offer him a treat like mealworms. Then he unrolls and allows me to pick him up
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Today, i tried to have a bonding time but he was sleeping in the corner. I wanted to wake him up and pick him up but i couldn't because he was in the corner and my hand couldn't scoop him up. What should i do at this point. I didnt want him to feel more stressed so left him alone today. But in the future, what should i do
dooiy, You've been told here, here, and here that you have to handle your hedgehog every single day for at least half an hour, that you cannot just leave him alone when he huffs and balls up because that teaches him that his defensive behaviors get you to leave him alone, and that you can use a piece of fleece or other fabric to pick him up if you're scared.

You've also been given other suggestions regarding handling and bonding -- most notably the t-shirt trick and allowing him to sniff you. And you've been reassured that while hedgehog quills are sharp, they don't hurt that much and that you're likely exaggerating the whole thing in your mind, thinking it will be much worse than it actually will be. Finally, you've been advised that you really do need to practice handling your hedgehog because that's a huge part of hedgehog ownership, and you won't always be able to hesitate.

The answers aren't going to change. Hedgehogs have quills. The quills are sharp. You need to handle your hedgehog.
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Dooiy. Your hesitation to pick him up, and allowing him to "bully" you by acting defensive is only going to promote such behaviors.

You have to get over any fear you have of those quills. Scoop the hedgehog up. If the hedgehog balls up, fine, pick him up anyway. Place your hands, palms up, on each side of the quilly/hissy ball and scoop him up. If that truly hurts, use a fleece blanket to scoop him up to offer some protection to your hands. Those quills can be sharp, but they don't hurt that much.

Hedgehogs would rather we didn't interact with them. He isn't going to get better if you leave him alone. You MUST interact with him daily even if he hisses, clicks and tries to purposely shove sharp quills into you when you are doing it. If you don't he will only continue to get more and more unsocial and harder for you to interact with and deal with.

I have to ask, what were your expectations of life with a hedgehog? I'm wondering if you were told something that is more abnormal than normal.
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Put an old tshit or socks in the cage you have just warn overnight to get them used to your cent then you might be able to then have handle time
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