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Old 12-22-2015, 01:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I just got a rescue hedgehog for my husband from a exotic animal expo her name is sif she's a year old and was housed with another hedgee who hurt her we researched lots on care but found very lil on how to calm and reassure her she's always very scared jumping and rolling up at the slightest touch it's only been a few days but we don't want to do more damage what would you suggest we do to make friends and reassure her we mean no harm to her please help she's so timid
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How long have you had her and what is your daily routine with her?

Hedgehogs can take a very long time to learn to trust again. If she was not socialized properly or abused or mishandled it could take an extremely long time to build a bond again. I've had rescues that took 6 months, and even a year before they would trust me.
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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We've had her about a week in the evenings after she wakes and eats we give her a honey stick and take her out for about half and hour to chill with us and get med on her hurt foot we don't want to stress her then we leave her alone till almost out bed time then we take her out again for about half an hour some times I take her out for a few in the middle of the night if my baby wakes me for a bottle
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A week is a very short period of time. It sounds like you are doing ok so far, but need to be patient and give her lots of time. If she allows you to put medication on her foot, and doesn't curl up in a tight ball while you try to medicate her, she's doing well so far.

Continue to speed at least 30 minutes with her nightly, and preferably at the same time. Let her sleep in a blanket or a cuddle bag, these items will let her feel like she's hiding and feel a bit more safe. You can watch television, browse the web etc and it will help her to get to know your movements, sounds and even your scent isn't going to harm her.
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Old 12-22-2015, 10:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Do you know if the other hedgehog she was housed with was male or female?
Like Kalandra said, it takes time. First, make sure your expectations are realistic for a hedgehog. Sif will always be a prey animal. That will always contribute to who she is.
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Old 12-22-2015, 10:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Ty I'll keep doing what I'm doing and I'm told the other was a male
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And I understand what your saying about her being a prey animal I don't want her to fit us we just want to give her a since of security and the best life possible
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Since she was housed with a male, start researching pregnancy and babies. It is highly likely that she will be having baby hedgehogs in the near future.
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Now you may have a new challenge. POSSIBLY.
Go with the assumption that she is pregnant and could deliver any day up until she has been in your house for 55 days.
if she gives birth, you won't be able to clean the cage while she has babies in there with her, that's 6 weeks. Go with a bedding, not liners. You will also want it deeper than normal.
Make sure her diet is as good as it can be.
Her cage needs to be escape proof.
Temperature and lighting need to be controlled.
Read through the emergency baby advice in the breeding and babies section. If she delivers babies, leave them be. Don't peek, don't count, and don't touch. If mom delivers your new role becomes strictly change food and water and leave. If lighting is on a timer, that's one less way you will be less disturbing her.
Also depending on where your cage is, you may need to move the cage to a quieter part of the house.

I don't want to scare you, but the more prepared you are the less scary everything is. Without a basic understanding, it's so easy to make deadly mistakes.
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Oh wow I didn't even think about that poor lil girl I intended to never breed her ty so much for the info I'll look into it
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