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Old 12-22-2015, 02:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
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hopefully she's not pregnant. or else it's gonna be a lot of worrying what to do with those hoglets unless you can find a place for them.

As for bonding, the best tip I can give is to do activities that will make her feel safe around you and get her used to you(and any other people or noises)

This could include:
-Keeping her wrapped in a fleece on your lap or chest as you're laying down or sitting on the couch. Eventually she'll start feeling safe and peek out of there, that's when you can greet her and give her a treat.

-Holding her in your hands: although no hedgie likes being held because they can't control where they go, it's important to do some handling. 5-10 minutes of JUST holding her in your hands should be more than enough because you can't force her to stay if she wants to go.

-talking to her when she's sleeping or going about her business. Floyd gets cautious when someone enters the room, and often stops running, but as soon as I say "Run Floyd, Run", he knows it's me and keeps running

-Enjoy your bonding sessions. I believe hedgehogs can feel your mood and if you are not really into the bonding, not as much progress will be done.

-Give it time. A hedgehog is a hedgehog. It doesn't have a very good memory I bet, so she will need to be around you for a long time.

Also, the changes might be so gradual that you won't even notice. There was a period of a couple of weeks when my sister left for a few weeks, and when she came back she said Floyd is a completely different hedgehog. At that point we had him for a couple of months. I didn't notice any changes honestly.
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Old 12-22-2015, 03:18 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Don't expect her to be friendly, most hedgehogs are extremely stressed when the owner brings him/her home the first time. Also, a vet appointment would be very helpful!

I would leave her alone the first 24 hr. The first week should be very slow and gentle, no quick changes should be involved the first week, remember, she doesn't know where she is, she's gone through a lot.

Some little tips to help bond with her / make sure she's comfortable in her new home:

Make sure she's warm. Hedgehogs should be kept warm in their cage, it needs to be 77-79 degrees, or she could go into hibernation, and sadly, hedgehogs don't come out of hibernation and die.

Add a used T-shirt to her cage that has your smell on it, she will adjust to your smell quicker, and likely know it's you that is getting her out of the cage, and not a predator.

Put some blankets in her sleeping area. My hedgehogs LOVE fleece blankets, in fact, they like blankets better than sleeping bags, it makes them so relaxed and happy. MAKE SURE the hedgehog isn't accessible to any loose threads, as those can get wrapped around the hedgehogs arms and legs, and may need to be amputated if its bad.

Give the hedgehog Bene-Bac, a probiotic gel or powder that helps with growth and stress, I give it to my babies and I love how it helps them. You can order it here:

Last but not least, be patient. Patience is key when dealing with a hedgehog, especially when you're dealing with a stressed hedgehog.

I hope all works out, and congratulations on your new hedgie!
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Old 12-22-2015, 04:51 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Given the whole situation, the t shirt or blankets may not be the best option. That cloth may be in there for 6 weeks. It will smell horibly, and possibly start to grow funk.
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:18 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Twobytwopets, The blanket/t shirt shouldn't be in there if she's pregnant, as if it does, it would stink, that's just obvious. If she is pregnant, then that is a whole new situation of housing.
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Old 12-23-2015, 12:43 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I'm hoping she's not she's been thru a lot and idk why but even as grumpy as she is I get the since that she's a sweet girl
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Old 12-26-2015, 12:16 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I hope she isn't pregnant too, but I would say it is fairly likely since she is an adult and she was housed with a male. Also, considering where you found her. I am sorry that he was injuring her foot, poor thing. Please keep us posted on how she does. It was very kind of you all to take her in!
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Old 03-05-2016, 11:43 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Also consider putting a t-shirt in with her that you've worn. It really helped our first hedgehog adjust since he started to associate my smell with the safety of his cage. After two nights I had no issues handling him.
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