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Old 11-16-2008, 07:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Have one female hedgie, planning to get another one

Pretty much that, when I took maiche to the vet, he happened to be treating another one, and maiche seemed quite inquisitive of this other hedgehog. Didint seem frightened at all, and kept smelling him. The other hedgie, wich was way bigger and older than Maiche, didn't like the intrusion much, and went ball-shape quite soon. I'd like to have another female hedgie, as I read here that tjose are the best chances of being friendly to each other. Any tips on introducing them to eachother and hopefully, manage to have them both in a cage?
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When you bring your new hedgehog home, be sure to implement a 30 day quarantine. This should be done in room separate from where you keep Maiche. You should wash your hands before handling a different hedgehog.

When you begin to introduce them, do so in neutral territory, like a play pen, instead of placing one in the others cage. Watch carefully, especially during the first few introductions. I would start off slow, with one or two short play sessions, and then progress to longer more frequent play dates over the course of a month or so.
Once you are sure they are getting along, then you can move them into once cage.

Once they are in the same cage, be sure to provide two wheels, as well as two hide outs, so each girl can have her own space.

It's important to know, before you buy another female, there is a possibility they will not get along ever, and you will need a second set of everything on hand, just in case they decided they don't want to be kept together.

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Old 11-17-2008, 12:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Im a bit worried about the one in the vet being that close to your hedgie.. The other one couldve passed something on to yours.
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Im a bit worried about the one in the vet being that close to your hedgie.. The other one couldve passed something on to yours.
I asked the vet if the other hedgehog had something, and she told it was here because of a minor leg injury, and that it was ok for them to be close. 2 weeks or so have passed since then, and I see no change in Maiche, so I guess she's fine
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I'm thinking of getting a second girl, too . . . I was wondering, how "quarantined" do two hedgehogs have to be? I have a very small apartment that basically has one living area, a bedroom, and a bathroom. If the new hedgehog would have to be behind a closed door, the only place she could go is in my bedroom--which happens to be the coldest and dimmest room in the place.

Also, I know I should wash my hands when moving between one hedgehog and the other, but do I need to do things like change clothes as well? Spirit likes to sleep in the rolled-up hem of my shirt. If the new hedgehog had mites or some contact-spreading problem, I can see it spreading from one hog to the other through my clothing.
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