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Old 11-16-2015, 12:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default I've never seen my hedgies anoint

This might be a weird question, but is it normal that I've never seen my hedgies annoint? I've had my two girls (both adults) since early this past summer. I'm still a little new to hedgehogs, as these are rescues and kind of unexpectedly fell in my lap. I've been learning all I can, and i read about other hedgies anointing, and I realized I've never seen these two do it in the almost 6 months I've had them! The one will lick or nip my fingers if there is any kind of food smell on them, but we don't really encourage the nipping and I usually wash my hands if she does.

Anyway, they seem healthy and happy otherwise, but I just thought it might be odd! How often do hedgies anoint anyway?

Blurry but cute picture included because they were being so adorable while getting a quick footbath this afternoon.
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Old 11-16-2015, 12:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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...also just realized I meant to post this question in the general questions section; not sure how to move it. My apologies!
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Old 11-16-2015, 07:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Moved it for you, no worries.

Some hedgies will annoint to everything, some never do. Lily only ever annointed a couple times, but my new girl Bindi has already annointed 4 or 5 times in front of me (visiting at her current house) and many more times besides. It just depends on the hedgie!
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Thank you! Glad to know its normal. I wonder if I'll ever see them do it! I guess YouTube will have to suffice. It just looks so funny- I can only imagine it'd be funnier in person, haha.
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My hedgehog has only ever annointed to beef liver treats. Even some other very smelly distinct treats won't set it off. He just likes smelling like beef liver, I guess.
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Old 11-16-2015, 04:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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With some I think it's when they find a certain thing they really like.
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