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Old 09-05-2012, 02:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got my hedgehog Tilly last month. We get her out every night for about 45 minutes so that she can be social with my boyfriend and I. Every time we try to pet her she huffs and tries to poke us. Is this normal for her to do after having her for a month? Should we have her out longer? She is loosing a lot of her quills but I expected this to happen. Also how long does it usually take for them to keep their quills down? We can't pick her up without a cloth because she always has her quills up.
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The basic thing is, the more socializing the better. Even after a month its perfectly natural for her to still be huffy. Heck, some hedgies never warm up to their humans. But it never hurts to keep trying 45 min a day is fine, its still valuable bond time for you both to get to know each other. There isn't really a set time frame for when they start getting friendly, it just takes a lot of time and patience. Don't be discouraged if it takes a while for Tilly to warm up to you, and enjoy the little things about her.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Do you pick them up when he just woke up? Ours are really grumpy ,but he's fine during the day before he goes to bed.
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We do usually handle her right when she wakes up. She is usually up from 11 PM until about 2 am so she sleeps when we are around. Any tips on how to change her sleeping pattern so we can be around her more when she is awake?
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You can't change their sleep schedule. Hedgehogs are nocturnal by nature and to try to change that is very unhealthy for them and can cause alot of problems.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Ok good to know! thanks.
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