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Old 08-21-2016, 08:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have had my hedgie, Beau, for nearly a month. I have noticed his nails are quite long and I am struggling to cut them any suggestions?

I am also worried that he may not like me. He will sleep on me but when it comes to play time he will runaway from me and not want me to hold him.
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Old 08-21-2016, 11:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi! I usually cut mine after giving their baths - I wrap them around a towel and get one little paw after the other. If you have a family member who can hold them for you, that would be great for a starter.

Hedgies have different personalities He could be an explorer, he could be a cuddler, or he could be a loner. Also it does not mean that if he won't cuddle he does not 'like' you. You should base your bonding with him on his personality. Manhandle him, take him out as much as you can. It does take time A month is too short of a time for them to truly feel safe with you. Mine became comfortable with me after 2 years! So yes you have to be persistent and patient with them, as hedgies are naturally defensive.
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Like already mentioned after a bath is a good time since the nails will be softer. I do it after by placing him in the palm of my hand and kind of spread my fingers a part so his legs stick through. Everyone has a different method you just have to try a couple. If you search on YouTube there's some helpful videos as well
I've had my boy for almost 3 months now and he still doesn't fully trust me lol hedgehogs definitely take time to trust just do to the fact they are prey animals as well as their personality. I know that mine is a bit more scidish and kinda grumpy, but others can be very sweet. All depends like it was said, you just have to keep bonding etc. no matter how fussy they get. It'll take time, but the end results are very rewarding and definitely worth it! For example in the beginning my boy hated my guts (they don't really hate us, they are just big scardy cats). Every time I made a sound or moved instant ball and hissing/popping. Now after holding him for a bit he uncruls and quills go down and he'll explore a bit. He's still jumpy, but all hedgehogs are at least a little bit. Hope any of this info was helpful!
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Old 08-22-2016, 05:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If your hedgehog sleeps on you - that is a big deal!

It takes time for them to trust, but that makes it all the sweeter when they finally do. If you have playtime on the floor, your hedgehog will scurry away but every now and then comes back to make sure you're still there. I would cover my hedgehog with a piece of fleece on my lap and eventually she would fall asleep while I petted her.

Also, it took a while to realize that when my Quinn would fuss and not settle down it was because she had to go potty. I'd put her in her cage and sure enough she'd do her business and come back out and relax on my lap.

Don't take anything they do personally. So much of their behaviour is instinct and they can't help themselves. Even wearing different hand cream is enough to freak them out. But if your hedgie relaxes enough to fall asleep on you, she/he likes you.
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Thank you guys. This was very helpful
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