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Old 11-22-2014, 01:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my hedgie lived with my teacher for the first two years of her life, and a couple of months ago my teacher had a baby and was unable to take care of the hedgehog anymore, so she told her classes, and i offered to take him because i love hedgehogs
this is my first hedgehog. his cage is roomy and we have an exercise wheel and food and water, and my teacher explained what he liked and doesn't like. since i just got him yesterday, i've sat beside his cage some and stuck my t-shirt in, as well as laid my hand beside him to let him sniff it too. he doesn't want to come out of his burrow at all - he just hides underneath his blanket and huffs whenever we come near him. he won't come out to eat, but we'll slide a chip or treat underneath there and he'll eat it. should we leave him alone and let him get adjusted, or try to pick him up or lure him out?
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Old 11-22-2014, 02:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is he warm enough? Do you have a heating set up for his cage? What kind of kibble does he have? Make sure he's getting 12-14 hours of light during the day, but that there's no light around his cage at night. Some hedgehogs are very picky about how dark it has to be at night for them to come out. He needs to eat his food soon though, not just treats. Try scattering some kibble under his blanket with him to encourage him to eat. Tonight, make sure he's warm enough, and that it's dark enough and leave him be. Try counting how much kibble is in his bowl before you go to bed & write it down. In the morning count again, as well as checking for any left under his blanket. If he's not eating, you may have to syringe-feed him, but he may eat if he doesn't have to come out.
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