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Old 03-22-2013, 10:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone! I've had little Luna for about two months now. She is about 5 months old. She's used to me & not afraid of me, but she gets super antsy and, quite frankly - its getting on my nerves.
Every day, I pick her up and shes cool for about 5 to 10 minutes. Sometimes she'll curl up in my hands and fall asleep on my lap or abdomen, burrowing her face in my hands. BUT when she doesn't, after 5 to 10 minutes, she gets super antsy and tries running all over the me & if im sitting on the couch with her, she tries running all over the couch, away from me to burrow her face into the pillows (but she cant, so when i let her she freaks out and keeps trying to run to different areas of the cough to burrow into). Then I try picking her up to calm her down and she is just completely anti-social. Its pretty annoying now and I don't know what to do. Anyone have some input?
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What time of day do you usually take her out?
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times vary - usually around 8PM, sometimes earlier.
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Try taking her out later, like 9pm or after, to see if that makes a difference. Since they're nocturnal it could just be that she's thrown off and can't decide between playing and trying to find a place to sleep.
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I'd say try a fleece sack. It sounds like she is trying to hide/burrow out of insecurity.
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like... hold the fleece sack on my lap with her in it? wouldn't that defeat the purpose of taking her out to socialize, then?
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Hedgehogs are prey animals. Most of them get pretty nervous if they don't have access to a hiding spot. It's understandable that you want your hedgehog to stop being anxious, but it doesn't do either of you any good if she's freaking out because she's out in the open. Keeping her on a bag in your lap lets her socialize with you, get used to your smell, AND feel safe.
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Great! I'll give it a shot. Thanks a lot!
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Try putting her back in her cage for a few minutes and see if she has to potty. They get really antsy when they have to go. Also try giving her a treat or some of her kibble in case she is hungry.
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Sounds like Pinball too. He gets antsy when he has to go potty. But most of the time I will keep him on top of my stomach or chest covered with fleece and he calms down and wanders around, looking at me, smelling the air etc..
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