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Old 06-03-2010, 10:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Every single time ive held she she always poops all over me! Its really gross but maybe someone can help me is that just what they do? She's new ive had her for about 4 days. I try not to mind because I love her a lot but any pointers???!
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the world of owning hedgehogs. There are 2 places they are almost always going to poop on.
1) Their wheel
2) You
The first time I ever held my boy, he promptly peed on me, and then curled up and went to sleep in my hands for the entire hour we spent talking to his breeder.

That being said, when you wake her up, give her about 30 min to roam in her cage, eat if she wants, and to poop and pee. That will usually cut down on the number of poop incidents, but it's still not a total guarantee.
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You can hold her on a piece of fleece fabric, so that if she poops its on that and not on you. If she's a baby it should get better as she gets older.
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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ahh makes sense because i tend to pick her up as soon as I hear her eating. Its because she like wakes up for like 20 min tops to walk roam eat drink and go back to bed! I feel like I cant spend time with her XP But thats very understandable thanks for the help!
Also she never goes in a ball! at least with me i put her in the position and she freaked out! Maybe some don't like it? but she does love her fruit i give her thankx any help means a lot!
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shes only six weeks so yea i hope so
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ahh makes sense because i tend to pick her up as soon as I hear her eating. Its because she like wakes up for like 20 min tops to walk roam eat drink and go back to bed! I feel like I cant spend time with her XP But thats very understandable thanks for the help!
Also she never goes in a ball! at least with me i put her in the position and she freaked out! Maybe some don't like it? but she does love her fruit i give her thankx any help means a lot!

Not going into a ball is a good thing!!
Means she isn't scared
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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yea.. i read that its just there so cute when they do that XP lol
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Get a small animal litter box and some unscented baby wipes.

When you're handling her, watch for the signs of imminent pooping and peeing: pointy rear end, tail lifting, the wide-legged stance. Once you see any of these things, place her in her litter box (or at least hold her pooing-end over it) until she's done.

The baby wipes are for you... when you don't catch things in time and end up messy.
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My wonderful snowball likes to poop on me, so most of the time I buy puppy pads, well I got mine for 3 bucks for 100 of them at a garage sale, I cut it in half and let her poop n pee on that. Sometimes I put her in the tub while cleaning her feet, she'll go in there. And yeh watch for rear end lifting, etc. You'll know.
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When you're handling her, watch for the signs of imminent pooping and peeing: pointy rear end, tail lifting, the wide-legged stance. Once you see any of these things, place her in her litter box (or at least hold her pooing-end over it) until she's done.
First time I saw Hershi lifting her tail, I was like, "aww, your tail is so cute!" and then she pooped and peed on me.
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