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Old 01-21-2019, 08:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How do I know that me and my hedghog has formed a bond?
I've been having bonding sessions with him since I got him, each day, 30 minutes +, but he doesn't seem to really open up to me.
I'm use to his biting and huffing, but, oh I don't know, he just doesn't seem to give off a vibe of trust.
How long did it take for everyone else's hedghogs to warm up to their owners?
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Old 01-21-2019, 11:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Holly didnt take that long only like 2-3 months. But others can take ages, and some don't fully open up, but they will love you in a differnt way
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Oh, ok, thank you. I guess I'll just have to keep trying with my boy. I just hope he's happy with me.
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Old 01-22-2019, 02:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm sure he is happy. Have u tried having your scent in the cage and chaning it weekly. I turned two socks into balls and rotate them weekly sleepimg with them for a few nights before putting them in
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Mine bonded with me the 3rd day I got him. I must be lucky. I also took a few photos with him, tell me if you like them😉
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Old 01-22-2019, 05:15 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hmm, I'll try the sock thing. But, I don't know if its gonna he effective since I take Igor out every day and put him with me in the bed. So he sleeps next to me through the day, but who knows, maybe the sock thing will do wonders, I'll definitely try it.

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Omg, he's so cute! Igor looks almost exactly like yours! I'll attach some pictures of mine too! They could be brothers
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Holly was open with me in a day shes never really been that balled up and huffy with me, it took her a month to stop being as huffy, and two months to not ball up every time someone else made a noise 3 months to get a really strong bond.

Shes totally differnt to both of yours. These are some from the first few days of having her. Shes so much bigger now haha.
My mum said that Holly probably thinks I'm her mum !!

I've made Holly fleece toys and slept with those, so they have my scent on when they first go in, but they get changed less often.
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Omg, look at that gorgeous face! She's so cute! And she looks completely at ease with your presence, I'm sort of jealous.
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Firstly I might say bonding is a journey with lots of ups and downs. A different smell, sound, degree etc. might effect the little friend's behaviour a lot.

I feel almost same about my hedgie. I got her almost one month ago. It is like she doesn't hate me or afraid of me but doesn't like neither ^^ One day she is laying next to me I give her belly massage the second day she just doesn't want to be with me, huff and hiss to me. I am trying not to force her if she is not in the mood. I am talking or singing to her, giving food from my hand in the cage and leave her alone.

Since her quilling is started, everything is more unbalanced and going worse

But still, since the first day she improved a lot, also me. So we both are getting to know eachother.

Your hedgie looks so cute and calm. I think he is a happy hedgie and by time you will bond more and more ^^
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Did the quilling effect your hedgie's behavior? Does it do that? Igor's in his quilling state now aswell.

I'm never planning to give up on my boy, and I'm aiming to give him the best possible life.
Thank you for your help and sharing your similar experience with me.

I'm happy you think he's happy, I always worry about him being depressed, anxious or in pain for some reason I'm not aware of.
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