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Old 01-14-2019, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We adopted aspen Aug. 21 2018 and she is held and played with daily by all 3 of us through out the day. Yet she is still in a full ball the whole time, the only way to get her to move is to offer her a mealworm or a piece of shredded cheese( she does not get cheese often or a lot literally a piece of shredded cheese). That or take her blaket. She bites my daughter almost daily. I need help my kids have just about given up on her.
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Old 01-14-2019, 11:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think what will benefit you here will be a solid schedule an a little bit more patience. Pick a time in the late evening (remember, hedgehogs are nocturnal) to get her out everyday. Don't take her out throughout the day unless there's an important reason (vet visit, medication, that sort of thing). When you get them out during the day, it's like waking them in the middle of the night, which might explain the rotten mood she's in.

So, set time each day, in the evening, for a set amount of time. Show her that there's nothing to be afraid of by making her time out of the cage low stress. Let her hide in a blanket in someone's lap. Talk to her gently, offer her healthy treats. Experiment with different bugs, fruits, and vegetables (there's a sticky on the forum with a list of hedgie safe treats). Keep the room on the darker side, and limit loud, sudden noises. Be sure to stick to the schedule! Hedgehogs thrive with consistency. If they know what to expect, they'll be less fearful and more likely to warm up to you.

Hedgehogs are often not big play pets, which is why we often don't recommend them for children. But, they are rewarding for the patient owner that wants an interesting little companion to enjoy. Good luck, and feel free to ask more questions.
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