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Old 02-22-2014, 07:52 AM   #141 (permalink)
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I understand that this thread is old, I still thinking posting here will help future readers. Also this thread is a sticky, so I don't think it will get as lost in the shuffle.

I've only had Skullmageddon for a little over three weeks now. So far he is still adjusting. slowly biting me less and less, and only biting if my hands are near him when something wakes him up.

I've learned that he likes to snuggle in my armpit an pretend the whole world is not real. He will sleep on or around me for hours. I've had him out for four hours while sewing, and he was sleeping the whole time.

So far, it doesnt matter who he is on so long as he can get under a blanket and sleep.

I will be honest, I would love it if he was awake with me a bit more often, but this is still his first month, he's still getting used to the schedule we have here and I just don't want to stress him out. So I'd rather let him sleep, and someday he'll wake up and maybe want to play. I mean play, not wake up and try to steal my sweater. If not thats ok, he's so cute. Every time I see him I love him so much!

The one time he did want to run around and play for a while, was just after a bath.
Even if I stay up as late as I can, he will sleep on me, but if I put him back, he will play in his cage and use his wheel. So I think hes still a little nervous too, Like if he sleeps it will go away.
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:03 PM   #142 (permalink)
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Oh wow this post is extremely helpful! I recently got my mom a hedgie, and I guess we expected them to be very affectionate animals, but this post made me realize my hedgie is very affectionate already! His name is Quilleran, and he loves to snuggle, and sleep on us! Of course I don't think he gets to do it as often as he wants, because he does have to sleep in his cage sometimes, haha. Anyway, just stopping in to say thank you to all who contributed their thoughts and experiences!
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:50 PM   #143 (permalink)
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i recently got my first hedgehog almost 2 weeks ago she is around 3 month old, i am just wondering if it is normal for them to sleep when ever u are handeling them? every time i handle her she just curls up on my hand or chest and passes out
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:04 PM   #144 (permalink)
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I think people think that they are always happy. But to me, I love it when Shelby is crabby and happy, because in reality, people are like that too. Sometimes we are grumpy and just have bad days like hedgehogs do.

It does take a while for them to get used to people because Shelby is almost 6 months and she's just know getting used to me and showing me affection. She trusts me. Not all hedgehogs are like that like Kalandra said though. I think I just got lucky with her. It's either that or I must be doing something right! Shelby is my first hedgehog so it's not like I know how to tame them even more to where they show affection.
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:28 AM   #145 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot for posting this. I just got a hedgehog recently and he displays a lot of the behaviors you mentioned. Actually, he sounds a lot like Riley! I was a little worried about him because he seems so terrified of everything. But I feel like I understand him a little better after reading this!
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Old 07-05-2014, 11:46 AM   #146 (permalink)
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This thread should be mandatory reading for everyone even considering adding a hedgehog to the family, and every one of those cute You Tube videos with loving, interactive hedgies should have a disclaimer: "They don't come like this, you have to work for it". This thread is excellent.
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Old 09-25-2014, 04:19 PM   #147 (permalink)
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Reading through all of these responses has really prepared me as well as I think someone can be prepared for a new hedgie.
I don't care if I get a cuddler or an explorer. Yes, I will be disappointed if my hedgehog never wants to even be touched, but I will love her just the same! I just want to give her a good life and make sure she is always safe and happy!
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My hedgehog, Rolo, used to huff at me whenever I would walk into the room. When I got him, just over a year ago, he wasn't used to being handled at all. When I tried to pick him up to take him out of his cage, he immediately balled up in my hands. I held him until he felt it was safe enough to uncurl. Ever since I hold him at least once every two days. He seems to have grown used to me handling him and loves to climb onto my shoulder and plays with my Labrador/Border Collie mix, Shadow. Now Rolo is completely comfortable with me coming and going and barely flinches when I open his cage door. He loves to spend time running around in the grass on a sunny day (I live in Texas so it's usually pretty moderate and he's never unsupervised.)
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Old 02-17-2015, 05:45 PM   #149 (permalink)
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I find it funny that hedgehogs like being pet in certain places sometimes. My little one only likes the middle section along where his spine is pet. Anywhere else and you're almost guaranteed to get poked my a hussy little popping ball of quills!

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Old 02-18-2015, 07:37 PM   #150 (permalink)
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I've recently and unexpectedly became the owner of a hedgehog. I took him from an abusive owner and he is extremely agressive. He doesn't let anyone touch him and he bites Whenever someone tries. This poor little guy is traumatized by his past and I want him to have a happy future. Any advice on how to make him less agressive?
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