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Old 04-02-2012, 11:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just brought home my little girl--6 weeks old-- last night and she's everything I hoped for! A real stunning little ball of quills and cute. Purchased her from a wonderful breeder who was very patient with all of my questions and showed me how to handle her. She was super cute the whole time we were there(the hedgie, not the breeder lol), she found a very yummy towel and decided it needed to be nommed on and then anointed herself (which was nice, because I was a little nervous about that, but after seeing it im not so freaked out) and then we were off on our merry way!

...But the car ride home was quite long, almost two hours on the freeway, and my old truck does like to rattle when I put her up to 70 miles and over. When I got my little girl home she was terrified. I knew to expect this (in addition she just started quilling a couple days ago so +10 cranky points), so I reloated her to her new home with an old shirt of mine and let her sleep it off. After she'd been home five hours or so (around 10 at night) I went to remove her wheel (I just want to wait a day or so before introducing it to her) and to check and see if she'd had any messes. I could hear her huffing, and lifted her blanket a peek and spoke to her softly, telling her how much i already loved her, even if she is a cranky butt I'm going to leave her alone for most of the day today, and try again tonight, possibly with some mealworms as incentive.

If she's not so huffy in a day or two, I was going to attempt to give her a bath with Aveeno baby Oatmeal shampoo to help her skin and ease some of the discomfort she's feeling from the quilling, followed by a tiny amount of olive oil to soften her skin.

I know these little guys are slow to trust, and building a bond is a labor of love; I'm not expecting her to be my superbuddy by the end of the week. I just want to confirm I'm taking steps in the right direction with her. If anyone has any advice or words of wisdom to pass on for the new hedgie mom it would be greatly appreciated. =)
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It sounds like you have a good plan. She's just had a big change and has been uprooted from her family. I would definitely start bonding with her tonight. It doesn't sound like she's overly stressed, just normal stuff. Just bring her out tonight and put her under a piece of fleece on your lap. so, if she wants to come out and explore, she's free too, but if she wants to stay under there, that's fine too. Keep they lights low when you bring her out tonight. From the sound of your first meeting, she's a sweet girl. Did you put one of your used t-shirts in her cage? That will help her get used to your smell. Best wishes with your little one. Keep us all updated.

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Old 04-03-2012, 09:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Good news! Last night was an utter success... and I didn't even have to bribe her with mealworms! Took your advice and turned the lights down for her and she seemed much more comfortable. I was able to pick her up with only a little huff and sat with her in my lap for about 10 minutes before she decided to explore the couch. She seems much better now as far as her stress level, I think the old t-shirt helped too, she recognized me very quickly... and I must have smelled pretty yummy, she tried to take a little nibble off my finger. I'll try taking some pictures of her tonight if she'll cooperate. <3
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