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nichy92 02-04-2019 07:51 PM

Coaxing hedgies to play
I’ve seen so many great toy suggestions on here, but neither of my girls seem to be interested in playing. Or maybe they don’t know how? I got them from a bad situation, so they probably didn’t even have any toys... I just feel bad. I want them to be happy, they like to run around the house but while they’re in their cage, they just sleep, eat, and poop.

I’ve tried stuffed toys, and I’ve tried various little cat toy balls. They have zero interest in a wheel too. Any suggestions and ideas would be great!

Aj.t 02-05-2019 12:45 AM

Hey there! As with any good animal care, if an animal doesn’t want to do something, they’ve pretty much made up their mind about it! It sounds to me that your girls are more exploratory hedgies, so keep letting them roam around in hedgehog proofed rooms! And definitely try various enrichments; sometimes I let Christina run around in my room in the dark after I place kibbles around the room, or I’ll hide her diet one day around her house so she has to find it throughout the night. If your girls don’t like wheels, it’s not the end of the world. Wheels are recommended because of ease and general acceptance, but every hedgie is different! This just means that you’ll have to make sure they get their exercise elsewhere. As long as your girls are healthy and not showing major behavior changes, it doesn’t sound like you have much to worry about!
Hope this helps 🙂

Ria 02-05-2019 11:39 AM

Have they every tried using the wheel ?? Ever gone on it ?? When I got Holly she'd never known what a wheel was, I used to get her to sit on the wheel and then once she got used to that I would rock it a little and then eventually she started doing it. Also some wheels tilt forward which puts them off using it because they cant stay on it and others are fine.
As for toys not every hog plays with them. Soecially in front of people. I hide insects under them so she has to do something with them to get the insect, but after a while she just plays with them herself. (Altho most her toys I've made so I get upset when she doesnt like them, so she plays with them more because she knows)

nichy92 02-05-2019 06:36 PM

Thanks for the answers! You guys have definitely helped me out.

They definitely just have no interest in the wheel. I’ve tried that and they just don’t care. My previous girl was like that too, I’d even try putting her on it and offering a mealworm to entice her to go (which she LOVED worms), and she just wouldn’t, haha.

I like the idea of trying to set up some different enrichment paths though, kind of like a hedgie obstacle course. My one girl, Nutmeg, has become a little overweight because she shoves Cinnamon out of her bowl. So I definitely need to get her moving around more!

Ria 02-05-2019 07:22 PM

Have you tried a differnt style wheel??
They should have seperate bowls and fed separate especially if one is pushing the other out for food because otherwise you can get one thats got too much weight and one with too little weight.
Forage trays and like little obsticals, mazes out of tunnels are all great ways to get them moving around being active and playing insects always help make them find their own insects

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