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Old 09-05-2008, 12:28 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I've basically classified hedgehogs into 2 categories: snugglers and explorers. The snugglers will do just that....find a comfy place on you where they like to snuggle and go to sleep. The explorers will not hold still for anything. In the explorer category you can also add those who just do not like to be held...period. One of my mellowest and best moms hated to be held. She would not hold still for anything and made sure to poop as much as she could. I resolved not to interact with her, yet she was the sweetest and best mom ever.
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Old 09-08-2008, 06:42 AM   #12 (permalink)
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My first hedghog, Boris, who died about 11 years ago, was very shy. He ONLY liked me. He would bite or pee on my friends. He loved to explore, and would come to his door about 7:30pm every night wanting to be let out to explore the room, which he did. He would not let me touch him for a week after returning from vacations. I LOVED Boris very much and still miss him.

We got Henry the end of February this year, and Henry is a snuggler. He lets everyone hold him, snuggles and sleeps under the covers with us before bed, does not pop or click, or ball up. If you wake him up he will get a bit spiney, then talking to him he calms right down and is fine. My daughter can even roll him over on his back and give him a "raspberry" on his tummy and he does not ball up.

Two very different personalities of two very different hedgehogs.
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Old 09-12-2008, 03:37 PM   #13 (permalink)
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This post is a bit reassuring! I've had my baby about 3 months now, and she still is really easily frightened. I don't feel like she doesn't like me, but more like everything scares her. She huffs if I breath too loudly. But, she'll happily fall asleep on my stomach (wrapped up in a safe blanket, of course), or poke her head out and explore a bit if I'm not moving much. But, if I turn my head too much, pop!, up go the quills.

I take comfort in the fact that she's rarely ever actually rolled up in a complete ball. She has her quills up the majority of the time, but I can sneak my hands under her and feel her little feet and soft belly without her freaking out too much. And she's very mild manored. She's only nipped a few times, and only because my fingers seemed particularly tasty. And she's only relieved herself on a person once! Considering I've had her since she was about 6 weeks old, I'm really impressed! The one time she peed, it was on my friend, and we'd had her out much longer than I usually go, and I think she just couldn't hold it anymore!

It's good to hear it can take months for them to come around. I was beginning to think my little girl would always be shy and completely afraid of me, but now I have hope that she'll get more and more comfortable with me.
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Old 09-13-2008, 03:00 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Jade is mainly an explorer, but she combines that with cuddling. She runs around me and goes against me, and tries to nudge me up. She eventually finds a closed in spot like between my legs, tries to burrow a little, and goes to sleep. If she is awake though, she never stays still.
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Old 09-14-2008, 07:59 PM   #15 (permalink)
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aww those are cute stories guys!
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:41 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Love the thread I think it is really important to remember (as others have already stated) that although some hedgies come around others just won't... ever. Also if you are picking up a hedgehog from an owner who cannot provide for them anymore just know that even if the hedgehog is a complete cuddler and a total sweetheart to his/her old owner does not mean he/she will be with you. I suppose you can see it as chemistry... as well as the fact that some appreciate different surroundings (what is going on around them in the house).

Although this issue is more prevelent with hedgehogs than in other animals I think anyone considering any type of pet should realize that there is a chance that particular pet will not meet your expectation. I know some people who have bought dogs who are supposed to be very active that are "too lazy" for the owner. Just as people have different personalities, so do all animals!
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Old 09-28-2008, 02:46 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Peanut is quite well behaved but the weird thing is he is more socible in the day then at night he is supose to be sleeping in the day he is in my room upstairs where it is quiet but sometimes in the middle of the day he will come out of his cage and grab a bite to eat and a sip of his water and then go on his wheel or play with his toys for like 5 minutes then goes back to sleep it is strange I wonder if in hte night time he takes tiny naps because of the 5 minutes of sleep he lost in the daylight.. He is some fun to watch and he is my special little guy Every hedgehog has a different personality i guess (and scedule )
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:09 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I'm hoping for a snuggler, but as long as I get a hedgehog I'll be happy! I have two bearded dragons, one of which is brumating(hibernating) so i know about animals that don't want to be bothered LOL, his little brother is just anti-social and still scared of us I think. I really hope our new hedgie will want to cuddle, but if not we have a dog to cuddle LOL
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Old 10-09-2008, 10:38 AM   #19 (permalink)
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We have one that will let you scratch his ears and chin, one that will climb on/over/through/under anything and everything (including your pants) and won't sit still unless he's sleeping, and one that wishes you would just let him sleep and stop trying to touch him. It's amazing how different their personalities are!!
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:00 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Well I finally picked up my new hedgie today, he is so adorable I can hardly beleive it. He's still really scared with all the new stuff, but I'm hoping he starts to warm up to me
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