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Old 06-19-2013, 08:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've had my new hedgehog, Sonia Prickles, for about two weeks now and we're getting along really well. My only concern is that I don't really know what to do with her during "bonding time". She'll sleep on me while I watch TV, if I put her down on the couch or bed, she just wants to tunnel behind pillows and hide. I've tried a couple cat toys and a toy car with no interest. Any ideas?

The best part is that her and the cat seem to get along very well. Or at least the cat loves to rub on her and she doesn't seem to care.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I always have the same concern. Shamus does the same things. Tries to hide. All I can say is make sure it's kind of dark and warm in the room and let them sleep on you and slowly work on the petting /touching thing. I swear Shamus likes music so I put my iTunes on shuffle for him.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We've had our baby for 4 weeks now, she's 10 weeks today and we never know what we're gonna do with her until she comes out and decides. Sometimes she just wants to snuggle and sometimes she wants to run around her play pen and play. We just kind of let her decide how she wants to bond. In the beginning she wouldn't run around her pen at all, so I started hiding one or 2 mealies in some of her toys to entice her to get more curious. Now she loves to push her toys around and explore everything! Also can I just say that Sonia Prickles is BEAUTIFUL. I've never seen one that color before!
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Not sure how old your girl is but just know sometimes their personalities change a bit as they grow and become comfortable in their new homes. When I first got Henry he was only 10weeks and slept a ton during the day and would be pretty hyper when we had him out. Now he doesn't sleep quite as much (I often come home from work and notice he has already been out for a snack and dirtied his wheel) and he is much more mellow when I have him out. Most of the time I wake him up, let him eat a little, give him a foot bath and then he just chills out with me while I watch TV or am on my computer. I've noticed he has become much more comfortable around my boyfriend and I...he now often sleeps pretty splatted out in what I would consider a more vulnerable and trusting position as far as animals are concerned. Sometimes he is more active and I let him explore the apartment (carefully supervised of course!) but usually he just sleeps in my lap for a while. Every hedgie is different...that's just my experience but it seems as though many are cuddlers like that. Henry never really took to any toys we tried. We have had luck with a shoebox lid...he loves to walk around "wearing it" and sometimes I put food on the floor for him to find but that's really the extent of "playing" that he does.

Here's a video of it...kind of funny:
http://youtu.be/19iBRiDU0ug

Also...the coloring on your hedgie is gorgeous! Good luck with her
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