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Old 02-25-2019, 12:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I got Naula 2 days ago I'm a new hedge mom (shes only 5 weeks old/ currently quilling ), she is a explorer and doesn't curl up in a ball when you try to pick her up only hisses and spikes up alittle bit but once you hold her her quills are half up but not completely down so I'm just gussing she just being aware/ grumpy because of quilling.

I don't take her out of her warm sack because I'm not sure how to so I just put the sack on my lap and wait for her to come out on her own at night ( i haven't taken her out during the day yet because I'm nervous for no reason)I let her on my bed and she uses me as a Mountain, explores my bed, bites my shirt and pj pants, she poops on me all normal hedge stuff but her quills are always half up and half down I have lights off, tv on no volume. But when I put sound on she doesn't come out of the sack (some times pokes her head out but goes back in she just makes her self super duper comfortable Lays her self out and chill out or goes to sleep)

When I hand her to other family members she goes on there hands but she always comes back to me or she wonders around on the bed.

So my questions are

1) does she feel comfortable with me or is she still trying to get to know me? How do I make her comfortable with tv noises?

2) what does half up / down quills mean?

3) how do you take a hedgehog out of a warm sack I tried googling it but I found nothing. Do you just stick your hand in there gently or ??

4) is it ok to wake up her up during the day ? What do you do with a hedge during the day? I want to take naula to the vet one of this weeks but I don't want to Disrupt her night and day pattern.

Thank you and sorry for being a over worried new mom.
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Old 02-25-2019, 12:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey there! It’ll definitely take some time to bond with your hedgie before they start to trust you; you’ve only had he two days, so give it some time, and she will start to understand that you are her person.
As for the quills, quilling could definitey be a factor in keeping them somewhat rigid, as it’s a very uncomfortable time for the little guys! With that being said, she has all of this new stimulus from her new environment to take in all the time, so it’s generally just a sign of her being more self aware, keeping up her guard so to speak.
If you’re little guy is sleeping in their sack/pouch/igloo, it’s best to not disturb them. Pulling them out of their warm ‘cocoon’ could easily upset them and make them more irritable- and less likely to enjoy you. You did it right with setting the whole pouch on your lap; let her decide when to come out. Since hedgehogs are noctournal, the best case scenario is to hang out with them in the evening, or also in the early morning if you’re up that early. Getting your hedgehog out during the day for a bonding session of laying around, in your lap, watching tv, etc is alright in small amounts of time, but don’t expect for them to wake up and want to play! Vet visits are an exception, but they’ll understand that she is sleepy and assess accordingly!
Hope this helps 🙂
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Old 02-25-2019, 02:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think she is a bit comfortable with toy, as when you give her to others she will go back to you, so she defintly is more comfortable with you than others. But she is defintly still trying to get to know you better, i wouldnt say she totally 100% trust you. You'll know when she does, it'll become obvious.

The tv noise how loud do you have it ?? Having it on a a quiter volume, and gradually making it louder helps with getting them to use to it, also if you have a radio playing in ther room they are in during the day, again not too high of volume, it helps them get used to sounds.

Half up and half down can be partly to do with quilling, but it can also be that they are slightly relaxed, but still aware and on guard.

For bonding at home you wont necessarily need to take her out which means leaving her to come out on her terms is good. Although when going to a vet you will need to get her out there, so the way I find easiest is to put hand at her bottom and tip the sack up, then if you give a gently shack she'll move down, you then move your hand to her stomach and just gently pull her out the rest of the way. Then put her to your chest to calm down a bit because she is likely to start huffing at you for taking her out.

Generally you dont really take them out other than evenings or very early morning, but if you wanted an extra half hour bonding session in the day just like Aj.t said you can but leave them in the sack and dont expect them to be active. And vets are always an exception since they are only open during the day.

Your not really an over worried hog mum, yet.
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Old 02-25-2019, 03:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you so much this helps me alot 😃
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