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Old 12-31-2013, 10:09 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I think my concern is your.. surprise(Im not sure if thats the right word) that hedgehogs poop and pee. And that you have to clean it up. I mean with almost any pet, anything that you are responsible for, you have to clean their waste. Did you expect something different?
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:18 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I agree with the OP ... hedgehog poop and pee A LOT! No matter how much you read about it, you really can't understand full hedgehog ownership until you actually experience it.

I've owned lots of different pets and hedgehog definitely smell/poop more than I expected. Doesn't mean the OP isn't ready for a pet, hedgehog are definitely special pets that have very individual needs. Sometimes the amount of work a pet requires also equals the amount of reward and satisfaction you get out of it. For me personally that seems to be true with hedgehogs, but for the OP it might not be. Provide the best care possible and make sure if you do rehome the next owner does the same. Hedgehogs (esp babies) can't help that they pee/poop/smell/huff/prick/etc ... your pet is completely dependent on you - thats a big responsibility for anyone or any pet!
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:21 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone for all the advise and I've decided to keep Izzy as recently all the cons have gone out the window as she is warming up to me and she doesn't poop or pee anywhere else part from this one corner and her wheel which makes it much easier.

However, I'd like to stress that I did infact research a lot about hedgies before I got one and it quite annoyed me when some people said I wasn't ready.It's just that I'm guessing everyone was a bit surprised when they got their hedgie and its wrong to say that I wasn't ready. But I am now over it.

Thanks again for all the advice!
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:57 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm guessing everyone was a bit surprised when they got their hedgie
From watching the forum for almost a year now, I totally vote for a, "What have I gotten myself into?!" sticky for new owners that covers, among other things:
1. the truly epic quantities of poop a new hedgehog can produce;
2. the amount of contradictory information on hedgehogs;
3. that you will eventually drop your hedgehog, and hopefully it will not be catastrophic when it happens;
4. weird poop (and how weird it is to now be totally obsessed with poop);
5. that hedgehogs can take a while to warm up to their new humans.

Because really, no matter how much you read and think you're prepared, it's amazing.
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:09 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I think the most helpful thing I read was the behaviors and expectations thread, there are some real hems in there!

Babies poop constantly, they want to sleep all day, they will ball up and get huffy when you wake them up, they are not "morning people " they need to wake up slowly.
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They certainly prefer to wake up slowly but you can get them used to being woken up the more often you do it
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:24 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Well I am glad you decided to keep her.

I am sorry if I came off as a little bit harsh, it's true when my hog first pooped on me and my fiance it was a huge shock, and seeing a poopy wheel for the first time did make me gag lol

I guess I just may have misunderstood you, I read what you wrote as "I have to clean up after her and I don't like it and I am thinking of selling her because of that"

So I hope there are no hard feelings, I am glad you warmed up to her.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:12 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I haven't had a poop accident for a long time with The Gert, at 5 months old. My guinea pigs, on the other hand... I always get pooped on. And usually a nice stinky pee. :P But Gertie's poop stinks more, probably because she eats protein and they're eating basically pure fiber. Theirs doesn't smell like much, but hers smells like actual poop.

OP, I don't doubt that you researched before getting your hedgie. But it's a pretty common fact of pet parenthood (and human parenthood, for that matter) that there will be poop, and it will not smell like flowers. As others have said here, the poop does lessen as your hedgehog grows. But it's never going to smell nice. The cage will be stinky from pee and poo, and if your room isn't well ventilated you're going to be able to notice the scent. You can keep the smell down by cleaning the wheel every day and spot-cleaning the cage (picking up the poops), and keeping the bedding fresh once a week or so.

All that being said -- if that is something you don't feel like you're ready for, then by all means you should think about finding another loving home for her. Because while the poop does lessen, there will always be poop. And it will always smell. It's going to be a constant chore to keep the cage clean and fresh, for the rest of your hedgehog's life. Nobody can answer the question of whether you should rehome her but you.

I wish you both the best!

**Edit* I didn't see your update before my post. I'm happy for you both!
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Well I am glad you decided to keep her.

I am sorry if I came off as a little bit harsh, it's true when my hog first pooped on me and my fiance it was a huge shock, and seeing a poopy wheel for the first time did make me gag lol

I guess I just may have misunderstood you, I read what you wrote as "I have to clean up after her and I don't like it and I am thinking of selling her because of that"

So I hope there are no hard feelings, I am glad you warmed up to her.
Don't worry I totally understand, I would have reacted the same if I had seen someone post a thread like mine. No hard feelings
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Both of my babies used to poop and pee on us all the time. As they got older though, they stopped completely. Both of them only go to the bathroom in their cage now. One goes on his wheel and the other goes right next to his wheel. The one that goes next to his wheel will run away from me and start squirming around when he has to poop and pee. Sounds like you're more ready for an adult hedgehog than a baby... they take time to adjust and you can't expect a baby to be able to hold it all day. I'm just glad that mine have learned to let me know if they have to go : )
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