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Old 05-16-2012, 01:05 AM   #11 (permalink)
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It just takes alot of patience and time ...months don't give up.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:36 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I got my hedgehog pre-owned from the worst owners possible. In a way I saved his life. I've had him for almost 3 months and he 11 months old now. The previous owners never named him, handled him, bathed him, monitored him or anything. They basically thought he was just another pet in a cage.
And a lot of the same problems, behavioral and attitude wise. If yours' likes to take a nip at you when he's smelling/licking your fingers, don't pull away, because he'll just bite again. Push into him and he'll eventually learn that it's equally unpleasant for you as it is for him when you do that. Cookie (my hedgie) still doesn't like anybody. I am the only one in my household who can actually do anything with him, but he sure is reluctant. He hisses and pops at me still too. But you just let him take time to get over it, and then it's all good. But there's a good chance you'll end up with an animal that hates you for the next 8 years lol.
About the stool thing, more often than not, it's just stress from travelling and getting settled into a new home. As you said, your vet hasn't found anything wrong with him. As stated above, keep him hydrated. By the way, did you take your hedgie to a regular vet or an exotic pet vet? Because they're supposed to be taken to an exotic pet specialist.
Treat problems: Some hedgehogs like treats, some dont. Just try other things, but make sure nothing that's too hard or stringy (choking hazard.) I went out and bought this expensive can of hedgehog treats, formulated for a flavor hedgehogs can't resist. He doesn't even eat them. However, if I put some in his food dish, he'll eat it along with his regular food. Try freeze-dried crickets. My little guy loves those.

I just thought another thing about the stool problem. The quality and amount of food he has might be another problem. Try mixing really high quality cat food like royal canin with some of your regular brand hedgehog food. That's what mine has been eating and he hasn't had any problems.

EDIT: If you have a couple hours on your hands and want to learn lots about your hedgie. I found this pretty extensive article written by hedgehog store owners and hedgehog specialists. You should check it out! It's incredibly useful.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:58 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I would also say not to give up. When we got Pepper, she didn't want to be touched. She just sat covered in fleece in my lap for a week or so, then I had my hand on top of the fleece until she settled down. Then later had my hand under the fleece. Closer to her. Always leaving it there until she chilled out. It took months.
She wouldn't eat mealies either until I left a couple in her kibble bowl overnight. After that, she loved them.
I also accidentally discovered with her that she wouldn't eat soft food I make unless it's in a separate bowl, away from her other food, on her second level under her wheel. Go figure.

So - basically what I'm saying is don't give up. Be patient & try different things. Let us know how it goes. We can help encourage you.


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Old 05-16-2012, 12:26 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Have you been feeding him the same food the breeder fed him or did you change it?
What are the percentages of protein and fat in the food?
Some hedgehogs just won't eat anything other than their kibble. I had one guy who would only eat his kibble and mealworms, but nothing else. They are stubborn creatures, just keep adding treats to his dish every night and then maybe you'll see some success over time. I'd caution about adding yogurt though because they are lactose intolerant, and if he's been eating that it could possibly be a cause for diarreah.
Also just because a hedgehog is friendly while it's at the breeders, doesn't mean its going to be friendly for you.
Hedgehogs recognize their human by scent. I've had some hedgehogs that were only comfortable with my fiance and I, and puffy things for anyone else who tried to hold them. You will just have to keep at it with bonding with him to try and see some improvement.
Sometimes a bath can help to calm them down a little bit. And as someone else already said, even just holding them while they are sleeping can help.
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Old 05-19-2012, 03:28 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Oh i'm not giving up on watson. A little ptsd doesn't scare me he was just seems like he came from a breeder who likely doesn't deserve to be one. We'll make it through, least I've got Molly who's the opposite. She's the most outgoing and lovey thing in the world. Neither of them are going to leave me unless I become incapacitated.

The vet was for exotics, his partner takes care of my greyhound as well. So at least we got a good one there, he has had hedgies in his own home so that really reassured me.

Watson is improving on stool issues, even if it's loose still but not liquid. I took the food his breeder gave (purina cat chow, the kitten crap) and weaned him off that the first couple weeks and onto a good one. We're on royal canin now and he's scarfing it up, even with me counting the kibble. He flipped his bowl when I didn't give him what he thought he deserved. lol He is refusing anything but kibble still, but we're ok there. He's drinking fine and I give him some clear pedialyte once a day just to be sure. (lovely having a kit as I'm a nurse to use for this stuff)

I believe he's still heavily quilling, as I'm finding some in the bedding and he is just not pleased at all. We'll make it through, just going to have to keep working on it. He's at least laying semi near me without stabbing and going all predator on me.
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