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Old 12-24-2011, 02:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright so I'm so excited to finally have a hedgehog (one of my favorite animals) I got it from a lady on craigslist, they took good care of it but would not spend time with it, they didn't like being pricked, I pick her up with just my hands because ive been bitten by every animal known to man and don't really feel pain anymore in my hands, (snakes turtles macaw's you name it). But little Emma is a year old, and about half the size of hedgehogs i've seen at petstores ect, she has PLENTY of food, i stayed up till 6am last night watching her, she drank, ran on her wheel, i didn't see her eat but i assume she did as i fell asleep now and then! She has an igloo, food dish, wheel, water bottle. Emma doesn't seem to like me very much she will bite me after awhile and just keep biting anytime she can, she hisses and puffs hides under a shirt i put inside her igloo and doesn't come out very much, I'm hoping her disliking me may be overcome in a few months? She is a year old and i'm just hoping she will get over the biting and like me..i LOVE to hold her, so i held her for about 3-4 hours yesterday through the biting and hissing ect, i kinda like to hold her..so when shes still in my lap i go to pick her up and she quills at me. She runs around if she gets put down.

If she works out for awhile i plan on getting more hedgehogs as i LOVE them so much!!
Someone please help just a little scared she'll never like me!

EDIT: is there a rare chance of a dwarf hedgehog? because i think she is one
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Maybe count how many pieces of food are in her bowl and then count again tomorrow morning to see if she's eating.
Also, great job with handling her through the biting! The best thing to do is to not put them down or stop holding them because then they realize they can get what they want that way.
Just keep holding her and being patient and she may or may not warm up to you. Every hedgehog is different.
What times are you holding her? She could just want to sleep and be grumpy that you're taking her out during her sleep time, but if it's at night it's just how hedgies are.
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Old 12-24-2011, 05:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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me and Emma are currently watching a movie together, shes on my chest in a shirt huffing and puffing, but still, atleast shes getting my scent and realizing im nice, she doesn't go into a ball much, she quills up and jumps in a circle, otherwise she's still while im typing right now not touching her, shes just so darn adorable i hate not holding her :P! I'm inlove with hedgehogs!!
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Some hedgehogs are smaller then others. She may just be on the small side.
Try putting a Shirt you don't care much about that smells like you in her cage that should help a little with the bonding. Also some bribes with mealies never fails xD
I would also change out the water bottle for a bowl. Water bottles have been known to chip teeth and hurt their little tongues. Plus the position for them is unnatural.
What kinda cage so you have for her? Do you have a Heating and lighting system?
It could take awhile for your girl to warm up to you. But when she does its the best feeling in the world.
But one thing to remember is some don't warm up. But many people on here have grumpy hogs and love them just the same.
Good luck )
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Some hedgehogs are smaller then others. She may just be on the small side.
Try putting a Shirt you don't care much about that smells like you in her cage that should help a little with the bonding. Also some bribes with mealies never fails xD
I would also change out the water bottle for a bowl. Water bottles have been known to chip teeth and hurt their little tongues. Plus the position for them is unnatural.
What kinda cage so you have for her? Do you have a Heating and lighting system?
It could take awhile for your girl to warm up to you. But when she does its the best feeling in the world.
But one thing to remember is some don't warm up. But many people on here have grumpy hogs and love them just the same.
Good luck )

hmm ok ill get her a bowl and bottle and see which she chooses
a nice cage uhm its metal but plastic bottom with newspaper shredded and blue something else..dont know tbh
omg yes i can't wait for that feeling
yea even if she is a grumpy girl i plan on getting a few, and taking any from the humane society they get i signed up to be called when they get them, ive read tons about them and want to take care of them
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updated news:: Emma is biting me once again every chance she gets!! gahhh what should i do when she does this?
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Careful with newspaper. When it's urinated on I believe it emits toxins.
Fleece is the best choice IMO. Dust free and cheap.

Do you wear perfume? Have a scented body/hand soap?
Try washing your hands with unscented soap and see if she bites.
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Careful with newspaper. When it's urinated on I believe it emits toxins.
Fleece is the best choice IMO. Dust free and cheap.

Do you wear perfume? Have a scented body/hand soap?
Try washing your hands with unscented soap and see if she bites.

I am a guy, so no perfume, but my brother and father she tries to bite too, i do use scented soap but maybe she's just aggressive? i will switch to unscented soap

and its not only the fingers, its anything she can bite
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There's a chance that by spending so much time with her, you are overwhelming her. It's not very common for a hedgehog to bite for the sole fact that they are genuinely mean. I would be willing to bet that there's an actual reason she's biting (loud, stressful environment, something on you that smells good, moving too quickly around her and making her feel threatened, etc).

Use unscented soap before handling her to get rid of food smells, other animal smells, that kind of thing. Be careful to approach her face with your hands slowly so you don't scare her. Hedgehogs are very defensive animals. For the most part, they will quill up if they feel threatened, and if the threat isn't scared off by the quills, they will proceed to bite.

Hang out with her in a quiet room (no TV or other people who won't keep their voice down) and turn a small lamp on rather than a bright overhead light. Talk quietly to her to let her get used to your voice. Take things slowly with her. It sounds like she isn't socialized and it might take a while for her to become more comfortable around you, but overwhelming her isn't the way to go. Be patient and understanding of the fact that not only is she in a new home, but she is also a defensive, solitary animal to begin with.
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Sorry, cologne.
Hedgehogs don't bite without a reason. Something on you has to smell good enough for her to take a chomp.
Maybe it's your clothing soap? Fabric softener?
Switch to the unscented soap and see if that helps.
Do you wash your hands after you've been around food or before handling her in general? If not that would help.
Worse comes to worse maybe get a little bitter apple and see if that helps. (I've never tried it or know anyone who has so maybe someone can clarify that this would be safe?) I used it on my hamster though for when she would bite her tank apart. (So I'm assuming it would be safe for a hog also, just dont put a TON on.)
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