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Old 10-22-2017, 07:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I got a hedgehog about 6 months ago. His name is Mu, the problem is he's incredibly angry. I've done my very best to just sit with him hold him and try bond in all the normal ways. Nothing is working at all he just sits in a ball of angry hedgehog until he gets put back into his cage. He isn't sick as we had him in a specialist vet and his area is nice and warm, he gets all the right food so no issues there.

Can any advice be given. I really want to be his friend but in 6 months he's not one little bit friendlier bthen the day we got him.
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Old 10-22-2017, 08:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sometimes you get 'antisocial' hedgies it will just take a lot of time and patience to warm up to you. How often are you holding him and how long for?
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Old 10-22-2017, 08:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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He isn't angry, he's scared and being defensive. How long are you holding him each day? What do you do when you have him out of his cage? How old is he?
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Try bribing the little fella with some tasty mealworms. Don't stick them in his face, but put them in front of him when you take him out. He might associate you with delicious treats and be more relaxed.

When you take him out are the lights off or at least very very dim? Do you try and hold him the entire time? If you let him be out of his cage with you more on his terms he might like you more. Maybe if you get hang out on the couch, for instance, you can put some fleece blankets on the couch and let him explore the couch and you. Just make sure not to let him fall off. They do that.

Do you use different soaps and perfume/cologne all the time? They trust things more if they recognize a particular smell.

Do you have cats, dogs or ferrets running around? Hedgies get hunted by predators and their mere presence can upset them.

I'd try the mealworms and allowing hedgie to explore while you're nearby. A couch works but so do other options like a room without anything dangerous in it.

Also keep the lights off or very dim! They can get confused and upset if they think it's day time.
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:24 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I take him out every day he sits beside me on the chair some nights for hours and don't put him back simply because he's unsociable, we know animals can take time and patience. He's given a good bit of freedom to explore on the occasions he decides to be active too, to wander around the room as it's safe for him to do so. He's genuinely is allowed out on his terms most of the time.

We've tried the bribery method too and that works for the duration of him eating, we have the best luck in the bath to be honest

Both of us wear the same scents all the time and we have no other animals running around except a rabbit, who he gets along with great actually.

As for the room it's lamp lit so normally pretty dim, maybe I just adopted a grumpy little thing.
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:45 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Its probably a personality thing and not you specifically. I once knew a hedgie that would remain in his spiky ball of death whenever you got near it. The hedgie I have now is the complete opposite and let?s anyone hold her anytime. I?ve never even seen her in a ball before. When you cuddle up with him, try letting him in your shirt or somewhere darker.
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Old 10-23-2017, 03:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Are there other people with you while you hold him? One of my hedgies always was a grumpy huffy puff when there's one extra person in the room but when we are alone they became a different hog altogether. The best thing I can suggest for you from personal experience is; make a routine of when you're handling him and the amount of time each can keep him in his snug and allow him to crawl out when he feels ready to come out. What I did with my hog was handle them 15 minutes each day until they became more relaxed around me and gradually increased the time we spend together now they just fall asleep on me like butter wouldn't melt. Another thing I'd recommend doing is put a old shirt that you sleep in his cage to use as a snug so he will get use to your scent. One method that got my hog use to being handled is this exercise we do called "hand walking" make sure you sit down on the floor or in the middle of your bed for this, when you get him out put him in one hand and place the other in front if he unballs himself and takes a step forward use the other hand to place in front of the other as he walks. What I like to do is cup my hands slightly to give them more guidance on what I want them to do which is walk forward although he may decide to climb up your arm or climb down from your hands. I'm only speaking on my own experience though im not saying it will definitely work because all hogs are different, mine took about 4 months before officially letting me hold them without any hissing at all while one of my friends hogs took almost a can also depend on what age you got him as older hogs can take more time
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Old 10-25-2017, 12:56 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hello! I know when I first got my hedgehog i bathed her. I had asked her breeder the best way for her to open up and it was just giving her a bath and massaging her quills. I know, I thought she would definitely poke the crap out of me but it really helped. Make sure its nice and warm! I use a small bottle almost like one for putting condiments in to wet her? and just clean their feet which usually makes them want to be saved by anything. once your done they should have some trust in you because you "saved" them. Eventually they get used to foot baths and baths too
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