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Old 03-18-2019, 08:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, guys!

I got my hedgedog the 13th and each time it see me, even through the cage, it hide or curl as a ball and it's impossible to unroll it. I know it is stress because it's a new home and stuff, but... do you have some advice for that? I really am out of idea
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Old 03-18-2019, 09:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I forgot to tell you, I got him from a pet shop and they had him for only a week or two and since he is 8 months, I think he never socialised really... maybe it'gonna guide you
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Hey there! Hedgehogs are very timid animals, and since their quills are their main defense, they’ll ball up any time they are scared or feel threatened. You’ll have to be very patient with your little guy for a while. Talk softly to him, keep a radio playing softly when you’re not home, and let him sleep on or near you while you’re watching tv, relaxing, etc. all of these will desense him to his surroundings and become more comfortable with you. As an added suggestion, wear an old t shirt to bed one night and then place it in his house where he usually sleeps. This will get him used to your smell and associate you with his nice home.
Hope this helps!
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While I was at the breeder’s picking out my hedgie many of the females wouldn’t unball. He told me to gently bounce them. It kind of hurts bare handed but they get curious and poke their little heads out. Then, after talking to them softly and no sudden moves their curiosity gets the best of them and they’ll start to sniff around.
Pugsley has never really balled up too often and never for long. But once my cat tried to paw at him before I could stop him and he balled up really tight and wouldn’t come out. I tried the bouncing and it working like a charm. Just something to try
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Bouncing doesnt actually always help. It takes longer but its actually better to let them uncurl themselves.

If hes come from a pet shop it will be a lot harder, but he will soon get used to the new home and to you. I agree with all the advice. Except it doesnt have to be an old t-shirt you sleep with and put in, it could be a pair of socks you dont want, turn them into a ball make sure theres no loose threads. It doubles as a toy haha, you can sleep with a fleece blanket/fleece strips, and then put it in the bed.

When going to the cage approach slowly as well, they dont like fast.
Sit near the cage and talk, in a normal voice, but gently at the same time for a bit in the day whenever you find time.

I've also found that when you do bonding if you dont wake them up 100% then wrap them in a fleece blanket, sitting with it on you lap, they actually relax a bit better. Because in the blanket they are safe, and being tired and not awake properly they end up just snuggling back to sleep.
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Thanks all of you! ^^

I already put an old t-shirt in is cage, were he sleep and tried to bounce him, but it just made him more scary or playing dead, i'm still not sure.

Anyway, I keep all of theses advices in mind, thank you very much
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This sounds exactly how Theodore was when I first got him (and still kind of is)! What I usually do is just take him out and hold him and sing to him until he unballs. It also helps to wear the same clothes you’ve been wearing so your hedgie can get used to you (I wear the same hoodie everytime). Since you got yours from the pet store, he’s probably never really been handled. Sometimes lightly bouncing them will get them to unball. What I’d recommend is putting an old T-shirt you’ve worn a few nights in the cage so your hedgie can get used to your scent. It might take awhile, but once your hedgie gets used to you, you won’t have them ball up anymore. It can take months before hedgehogs get used to you, it all depends on their personality. Hopefully this helped!!!

Good luck!!!
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