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Old 10-12-2013, 11:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Boy hedgehog question

So Quilliam has a kind of lump under his belly kind of by his butt? Im assuming these are his testicles lol, If I touch the area I can kind of feel two. Is this, in fact, his testicles?

He is my first boy hedgie lol.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yep those are his testicles.
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Hehe! Yeah, wait until you see him have his 'man time'! Hilarious!
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Uh oh, I'm getting a boy hedgie. I've honestly been owned by many a girl pets in the recent years (actually I think I had a boy cat about eight years ago) but mostly they've been predominately female.

What is this "man time" that I am reading about? What are some of the nuances of owning a boy vs. a girl hedgehog?

Also, do many people get them neutered? Is there any benefit in this? I know in dogs/cats this is supposed to reduce the risk of boy-related cancers. I was thinking of having this done if there is a health benefit.
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Male hedgehogs masturbate. They're kind of notorious for it. It's a little awkward at first, but eventually you learn to recognize when they're going at it so you can leave them be. And you learn to just laugh at them being silly boys.

There can be benefits of spaying females because of things like ovarian cancer, but I don't think there are really benefits for boys. Sometimes if a male is really aggressive neutering can help a bit, but properly handling and bonding can probably help just as much.
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"Man/boy time" would be referring to masturbation.
I don't think people get them neutered unless there's an issue with the hedgie and neutering would be needed...
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Posted at the same time as Abby.
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Thank you for the response. At least I know he (the new hedgie) isn't convulsing or having a seizure if the natural boy stuff happens. Thank you for alerting me to that.

. . . why did I fall in love with a boy? Geesh.
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:28 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Haha, yeah, if you ever see him kind of tuck his head under him while arching his body up, he's most likely enjoying boy time.
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