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Old 07-31-2011, 11:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there, I'm Staci! My boyfriend and I have gotten a little female hedgie tentatively named Penny (Penelope). We've been really nervous handling her; we are both nervous of picking her up (silly I know). Is it okay that we have been putting down a shirt that I've worn to help us lift her? She goes into a ball when you try to pick her up, and I am a very jumpy person so her huffs and movement tighter into a ball makes me jump too. After we lift her out I've been putting her on my legs and gradually getting my hand underneath her to hold her. After she is on my legs she is fine - sudden movements will make her stick her quills up but her little nose still pokes out!

Also, when she makes her shuffling noise, is it stressing her out? We let her roam around on us for awhile but at loud noises she gets very noisy.. should we give her breaks or is it okay? She doesn't seem to be very bothered; in fact she is very adventurous! We chose her because after about a minute of handling her at the breeder she was already walking all over us!

Sorry bout these silly questions, I've always had dogs growing up which don't take much to warm up to you so I don't want to get off to a bad start with Penny. Thanks
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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These aren't silly questions at all. :P

I just got my Sonic 2 days ago and I'm a new hedgie owner too.
Picking her up with a shirt you've worn is a great idea.
It helps her get used to your scent and it protects your hand from those quills.
My Sonic gets scared at loud noises too.
Hedgehogs are sensitive to noise so be careful not to scare her.

I'm very jumpy also but you have to stand your ground with her or else she'll sense your fear.
Talk softly to her and pet her. That's what I do.
Sonic always calms down at the sound of my voice and with my touch.\

She huffs and puffs because she's scared. She's still getting used to the new home so she's very on edge to anything. Just a little noise or shadow can scare her.
Be gentle and patient. It takes time, but if you're kind to her you'll make progress.
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Can't give much better advice than SonicGems gave you already! Just posting to give further encouragement. She will get used to you guys, though it'll be a slow process, and given time, I'm sure she'll relax a bit in her surroundings too so that sudden noises don't scare her. Loud noises usually make any hog jump a bit though, especially when they're out in the open.

And also, welcome to HHC and we'd love to see pictures!
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Alright thanks guys! We appreciate it, haha we are still nervous but she really seems to enjoy roaming around on us! I must not be a smelly person because she loves to go in my armpit

We've already started taking some pictures so I'm sure we'll post some soon!
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Alright thanks guys! We appreciate it, haha we are still nervous but she really seems to enjoy roaming around on us!
No problem!
Like I said, I'm a new hedgie owner too and wouldn't have been able to help you if it weren't for these forums (and I've only been a member 2 days!)
So make sure you read and ask questions if you have any!
People are very helpful on here.

As for being nervous, it gets better the more you hold her. Trust me.
She'll get used to you and you'll get used to her
But it also depends on how the breeder socialized her, imo.
My friend, who was the breeder, held my Sonic often so she's used to being held. If Penny wasn't socialized well you may have a tougher time, but hang in there.

Once Sonic is comfortable, she loves roaming around too!

Sometimes noises and shadows will scare her even if she's comfortable,
but do what works to calm her down and she'll be fine.
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Alright thanks guys! We appreciate it, haha we are still nervous but she really seems to enjoy roaming around on us!
No problem!
Like I said, I'm a new hedgie owner too and wouldn't have been able to help you if it weren't for these forums (and I've only been a member 2 days!)
So make sure you read and ask questions if you have any!
People are very helpful on here.

As for being nervous, it gets better the more you hold her. Trust me.
She'll get used to you and you'll get used to her
But it also depends on how the breeder socialized her, imo.
My friend, who was the breeder, held my Sonic often so she's used to being held. If Penny wasn't socialized well you may have a tougher time, but hang in there.

Once Sonic is comfortable, she loves roaming around too!

Sometimes noises and shadows will scare her even if she's comfortable,
but do what works to calm her down and she'll be fine.
While handling by the breeder is important I want to remind that some hedgehogs don't ever want to socialize much, some may even be social until their quilling phases hit and they may become grumpy during this and return to normal or it may make them grumps forever, it doesn't mean that these hedgehogs don't show their specialness and love in different ways
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Alright thanks guys! We appreciate it, haha we are still nervous but she really seems to enjoy roaming around on us!
No problem!
Like I said, I'm a new hedgie owner too and wouldn't have been able to help you if it weren't for these forums (and I've only been a member 2 days!)
So make sure you read and ask questions if you have any!
People are very helpful on here.

As for being nervous, it gets better the more you hold her. Trust me.
She'll get used to you and you'll get used to her
But it also depends on how the breeder socialized her, imo.
My friend, who was the breeder, held my Sonic often so she's used to being held. If Penny wasn't socialized well you may have a tougher time, but hang in there.

Once Sonic is comfortable, she loves roaming around too!

Sometimes noises and shadows will scare her even if she's comfortable,
but do what works to calm her down and she'll be fine.
While handling by the breeder is important I want to remind that some hedgehogs don't ever want to socialize much, some may even be social until their quilling phases hit and they may become grumpy during this and return to normal or it may make them grumps forever, it doesn't mean that these hedgehogs don't show their specialness and love in different ways
Indeed you're right.
That's what I thought, but I didn't want to say it and be wrong.
I know hedgies have very unique personalities!
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Even just in the short time we've had her, shes already so curious of us she doesn't stay huffy for long. Shes crawling all over the couch and me while I'm on my computer. I have noticed that the quills don't bother me except when picking her up, but that will get better too that more I do it.
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Welcome to HHC & congrats on Penny!!

Sounds like you got some good advise. Just keep doing what you're doing! She sounds adorable.



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