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Old 08-24-2013, 11:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all!

So I got Alpheus last April and initially he took a while to socialize but he was still young so it wasn't too bad. But once he hit his quilling phase he got super grumpy (which I know is normal) and I let him be except for feeding, mealies, cleaning his cage and occasional baths. So there was no real play time or cuddles or anything, because he really didn't seem interested in it. After the quilling he continued to seem very anti social. I feel like I'm doing him a huge disservice by letting him be alone so much. I want to start bringing him out more, but whenever I do he tucks himself away in a corner. There is low light, minimal sound. I just don't know how to make him more sociable. He's also showed zero interest in any toys i've got him, except him wheel. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you so much
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Basically, any day you leave your hedgie alone takes two days to fix. You'll have to start the socialization process over again. Just be patient. Your hedgehog will come around. After spending so much time alone, people are scary. Just let him chill in your lap and get used to your scent again. Maybe even sleep in a t-shirt for a few nights and then leave it in his cage so he associates your smell with the comfort of his home.
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You just need to start getting him out If he is prickly pick him up with a blanket, t shirt, etc and just let him sit on your lap in the blanket while you watch tv, read, work, etc. Right now his routine is just kind of to be off to himself but you can get him in the routine of spending time with you as well. Also, if he seems grumpy at a certain time of day you can try snuggling another time to see if he is less grumpy. Once you find a time that works try to be consistent and hold him for at least a half hour or so on your lap for bonding time. If he is huffing and popping don't bother him or try to push things too much. At first it may literally be as simple as just setting him in your lap and leaving him there untouched for a half hour. Just move slowly so he learns to trust you and get used to the handling. Don't let him being grumpy or quilling scare you away.
Also, hedgehogs are pretty notorious for not playing much with toys besides their wheels. Some do, others just don't, and some will play if you find that special toy they love. Keep trying new toys to see if he finds one he seems interested in. As he gets more comfortable with you handling him, taking him out, he may end up being a lot more interested in things during playtime since he should be less scared
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I came to say what whatisamegan said, and when I saw she'd said it I was going to say what stellara said, but now I don't have to say anything. They're right on.
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ditto. :P

"It is easy to get nose to nose with dogs, but nose to nose with hedgehogs takes a little more trouble. Still, if you take that trouble, you find something extaordinary."

~The Hedgehog's Dilemma

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