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Old 12-10-2013, 03:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just brought my very 1st pet, hedgehog, home a few days ago. I am very concerned about him. He is not very friendly. He hisses & curls up every time you try to put your hand near him. I'm not able to pick him without gloves as he has quills standing up all the time. I would love to give him a bath but because every time I put my hand near him I get stabbed by him. He is also not eating or drinking very much. Please let me know how I can calm him.
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Old 12-10-2013, 03:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You just got him, first of all. It takes time. Do not use gloves to pick him up. It masks your scent. If you need to, use some fleece to pick him up. If you jerk away every time he hisses you are only reinforcing his behavior. Be confident when picking him up and handling him. Put him in your lap, either in a blanket or snuggle sack or the hood of your hoodie, while you watch tv/are on the computer or while you do simple chores around the house. I like to put my hoodie on backwards and put my hedgehog in the hood. Then I can go about my business while they snooze . Spent AT LEAST 30 minutes EVERY day with your hedgehog.

Most importantly: be patient. Bonding doesn't happen over night.
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Hi Mogley,

JulieAnne's advice is rock-solid; follow it! You've got a tiny diva with a super-sensitive nose who is terrified that you're a monster about to eat him. For now, you get to prove day after day that your scent is a place of safety, and that every day, despite his fears, you ignore his threat displays and continue to not eat him. Magic!

If he needs a bath, give him a bath. Again, tiny diva. Some will act like it's the end of the world, others will love it. Some will try to escape when you dry them off, others will suddenly cling to you as their saviour from the evil water of doom. This recent thread discusses how a new, not-yet-bonded owner tackles bathtime with lots of tips, tricks, and advice.

Finally, here's a great care book with lots of information about hedgehog health and happiness.

Good luck, and welcome to the forum! We're always excited to see photos of new quilly friends when you guys have settled down a bit.
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Hey mogley congrats on your first baby and welcome aboard!
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