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silvercat 09-20-2010 05:08 PM

Re: BEFORE you bring baby home..
 
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Originally Posted by wtfrenee
EDIT: This was mentioned and also needs to be addressed. Before you get a hedgehog you must acknowledge that you will probably need to take him or her to the vet one day, and taking an exotic to the vet can be expensive. Plus, not all vets can treat hedgehogs, not even all exotic vets, so it is imperative that you are sure of one before bringing the hedgie home! There is a list right here on Hedgehog Central, so the situation should never arise when someone is frantically calling around to different vets while their hedgie is sick or injured.

I would like to add that when looking for a vet, speak to the vet themselves, and not just the person on the phone. This summer I was working and living 2 hours from my regular vet. Prior to travelling I called around to make sure there was a vet in the area who was familiar with hedgehogs. Lady on the phone at the vet clinic said it wouldn't be a problem and they had someone. Well when I came in with Sylvie, after much running around from the front desk lady, they came back out to say they didn't have anyone on staff who was familiar with hedgehogs (regardless of what the woman on the phone initally said).

lpercz 12-26-2010 08:02 PM

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I'm a new owner, and I probably had one of the posts you're talking about. I'm not offended. She was a surprise gift to me so I had only done only so much research before hand. I tried make sure that I couldnt find another post about what I was asking for.
I understand all of your frustrations it's totally understandable but newbie owners sometimes are getting the wrong advice and dont have the means of getting to a site like this. Unless they're asking really dumb questions, go a little easy on them so they dont feel stupid. My step mom bought Sookie for me as a surprise Christmas present and I've had to do a lot of my own research about things I wasnt thinking about in a matter of a few days because she had done the other research from some books. I was told on here never to rely on those books. Had I known I was getting her I would have obviously known more. She thinks it's like owning a hamster and as I've learned it's very different. Some of the advice she's gotten through her research is the complete opposite of what I've gotten from here. I dont think she even knew about this site.

mtnwmn 12-27-2010 02:52 AM

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You bring up a good point, lpercz.

Luckily I found this website before I brought Shocktop home, so I had a better foundation... but before I came here, I had only been exposed to books (with pictures from the 80s). I see a lot of people respond with excitement to new posts... but there are many people who express frustration.

I feel like we all have a common goal here, to promote good hedgehog care. Almost everyone here is more experienced than I, and their experience is something I value. I am so grateful to all of the help on this forum. I think sometimes, people don't necessarily realize they're role models in this online community, and their frustration or disapproval turn people off to this community, instead of supporting a positive change in behavior.

Sometimes we all just need to be reminded that behind every post is a person, sitting at a computer, holding a hedgehog.

lpercz 12-27-2010 03:40 PM

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Originally Posted by mtnwmn
I feel like we all have a common goal here, to promote good hedgehog care. Almost everyone here is more experienced than I, and their experience is something I value. I am so grateful to all of the help on this forum. I think sometimes, people don't necessarily realize they're role models in this online community, and their frustration or disapproval turn people off to this community, instead of supporting a positive change in behavior.

I agree with that completely. All I'm saying is that you need to go a little easy on us new owners guys. We're coming to you for help because we obviously didnt have the right information. If you're being a little annoyed and sorry to say it, a little nasty, you do turn people off to your help and this site. I didnt even know how to use or browse a forum like this so I wasnt sure how to find something I needed to know. Just go a little easy and be patient is all I'm saying. We're looking to you for help and it's you we need to guide us in the right directions. If we all had the answers we would have no need for this forum in the first place.

susanaproenca 12-27-2010 03:52 PM

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I've been on the website for a few months and I don't think people are nasty to new members who come here looking for info, I'm actually very glad that people will try to learn about their new pets.

When we first got Mustard I didn't even know what a hedgehog was, but she needed a loving home and I had lots of love to give, so I took her in. I did a lot of research on the first day she was here and soon found this website, which made my life much easier.

I think that what was addressed on this thread is the kind of owner who has no clue at all, come here asking for advice, and ignores the advice completely. Then, a few weeks later the same person comes back here posting that his/hers hedgie is dying because the person just chose not to listen to what the experts here had to say. This really does pisses people off around here.

For the new people, sit back, relax and try to learn. ;) Everybody here just wants to help. Passion sometimes speaks a little too loud around here, but no one is actually trying to be rude. :)

lpercz 12-27-2010 04:34 PM

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I didnt mean to say everyone is nasty. I've only really seen a few who, I got the impression, were off-putting. Mostly the people on here are very kind. I was just trying to say to this person to just try and be patient to the new ones. Yes, there are idiots and I definitely understand that frustration but I kind of felt stupid after reading the original post. Like I didnt know a thing and how dare I ask these questions that have probably been asked many times before. And I honestly didnt know certain things because Sookie was given to me out of the blue.

I also read a post somewhere on here about how this person was annoyed at how the hedgie has now turned into some fad. And how people should have already known this and this (some was true) but it was very off-putting and I felt like it was directed at me. I wanted one after my mother sent me an email with baby hedgie pictures and I thought they were adorable. Right then and there I opened up a new window and started reading up on them. I didnt want her because it was the cool new thing. I only know one other person in my life who had one in high school.

But the people who have helped me, like you, have been very helpful and I'm thankful for you guys :) I dont want to offend anyone. I just dont want to feel targeted because I'm new and I really do look to you guys to help me

isosceles_kramer 01-02-2011 02:20 PM

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See, this is exactly it. I was told by the petstore (and a reputable one too) that an aquarium to house him would be fine.

I've only had him two weeks and i know this can't be the case. Because this aquarium holds odours. I've found myself cleaning his entire setup every day (including changing his liners and washing them daily) just to keep the aquarium smelling normally. I have no trouble with doing this but i somehow feel that it's still not an ideal environment. And after speaking with other owners, i realized they're not even recommended at all by anyone who knows anything! And now, poor Hodge! While i frantically try to get another home set up as quickly as possible.

The problem is a lot of people (such as myself) THINK they're well prepared for their new hedgehog because they've gotten a ton of advice from, like, hamster owners or something. When you're a novice yourself, you can't tell the crap from the roses when it comes to good advice and you think you're more advised than you are.

This is why i love HHC so much.. because you guys tend to have consistent, good advice that WORKS. I LOVE my hedgehog. And I'm willing to make a ton of sacrifice for him. But before i found you guys, i spent that first week worried sick over what advice to take and what to scrap. (because some advice is not only less useful, it's downright WRONG.)

I mean LOOK at the picture i have of him as my avatar.. Wanna know what that beige crap is behind him? Shavings! I scrapped those early on because of my own allergies, then found out that HE's not really suited for them either.

Little Hogs 03-19-2011 11:13 AM

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Wow THANKS FOR ALL THE INFORMATION :D I am getting ready to bring home my baby, from a breeder, in a few week. I have probably went overboard, I got a wheel, heaters, plastic bins (no cages) a hiding places, suggested bedding (per the breeder) + I have made them all sorts of warm hiding places. Good quality food, and extra heating supplies + a thermometer for their housing, and a secure carrier to bring them home.
THANK GOD FOR GREAT BREEDERS AND ALL THE INFORMATION THEY GIVE. If you are looking for a Hedgehog to love, adopt from a breeder :)

randi.bowman 03-23-2011 08:53 AM

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Awesome tips! My veterinarian along with all of yous have helped me thus far!
Thanks <3

rachelcolleen 04-24-2011 02:46 PM

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I don't even have my hedgehog yet (only 2 more weeks left!), but I have been reading threads in every section on this forum and whenever I come across a post about someone feeding their hedge the wrong food, or using the wrong cage or bedding, or having those little wooden huts or something like that, it just kills me to think about their poor little guy :( not to say that they aren't a loving parent, but they sadly just don't necessarily have all of the right information.

I feel like I've done enough research on here to at least know all the basics of what and what not to do, and I just don't understand why everyone else who has or is getting a hedgehog can't do the same. All of the more experienced owners on here give the most amazing advice and I am so grateful for a site like this, I would have done it all wrong if it wasn't for you guys!


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