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Old 10-30-2008, 03:39 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Good post! It seems kind of obvious to me that an animal covered in spikes isn't likely to be a good cuddler. I like hedgies most BECAUSE of that fact. It'd be cool if mine warmed up, but he's pretty outgoing as is. Definately a ball and huff type, but if I handle him for a good hour, by the end he's very inquisitive and sniffing around me a lot more. Haha, he bit my roommate tonight Her own dang fault, she was trying to put his face and he was giving all warning signs of not wanting anything to do with it, quilling at her in that side until CHOMP. Didn't draw blood, just an irritated "LEAVE ME ALONE" nibble.

I am totally 100% ok if my hedgie never becomes "loving". Tolerant is more then enough for me! If I want cuddly, I'll snuggle my cats or go buy another hamster!

I think people tend to forget that hedgehegs (much like pets like chinchillas) are wild animals. The domesticity we see in cats, dogs, hamsters, rats, etc. has been around for SO many generations, it's like comparing a Zebra to a Horse I think. They can usually be socialized, but all in all typically don't have much use for human interaction due to their natural instincts still controlling so much of them. You can usually teach tolerance in wild animals, but affection is a lot harder to come by because they have such strong urges to protect themselves.
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:45 AM   #22 (permalink)
 
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I'm glad I read this thread. I have also just gotten my first hedgehog a few days ago. I'm very pleased with him, his name is Bonaparte. So far it's the norm', he huffs a lot when I first take him out of his cage, and he pricks his quills up at certain movements. He eventually calms down and likes to explore and find a hiding spot to fall asleep in. It's only been a few days and I have no complaints. I was just thinking I noticed in this thread that everyone says people have all these expectations but for me to tell the truth I wasn't sure what I was expecting. I knew he wasn't going to be the same as other pets, but I wasn't sure exactly what that would mean. I really like the way he is, and I have to say I'm pretty happy with him. I know this will be a learning process, I'll get to know him and he'll get to know me, so I'm really not worried. I really love the little guy and couldn't be happier!
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Good post! It seems kind of obvious to me that an animal covered in spikes isn't likely to be a good cuddler.
they can be. My Jade is.
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:12 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I think this post is so important!! Hedgies have become a 'fad'- read up on them, talk to breeders- go visit one and see if its really for you!! You have to love them for who they are- dont expect them to change!!
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Dora is a perfect mix in my opinion. When she is first woken up she does the typical " dont touch me dance" but after just a couple of minutes of that she relaxes and begins to try to find a dark place to go back to sleep. While she is catching her power nap i usually out out some mealies for her to chase down for a snack and get her toilet paper tube ready for her to play with. As soon as the smell of those mealies hits her nose she is up and at 'em. She then runs around alternately playing with the tube and trying to dive off of the bed (why does she insist on running straight to the edge every time?) After a little while of this she comes back to me and i can pick her up and pretty much pet her anywhere i want....she seems to love having her nose rubbed, going so far as trying to nuzzle your finger. After that it is back to her igloo while her wheel and cage are cleaned up and more food put out. Around 11-12 she is up and about wheeling like mad. This lasts til 6-8 and then she is out for the day.
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:14 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I too agree and love this post. Before I got Bruno I did so much research and knew that he is'nt likea dog or cat, but is an exotic animal that needs patience. I would never have gotten Bruno if I thought I couldn't handle it. Lucky for me my hedghog is strangely loving to me. Even though when ever I wake him up he will hiss but he never seems to roll ina ball anymore. I got him in middle november and he is just starting to form an awesome relationship with me. He will hiss and put his quills on his forehead when ever my mom trys to pet him though and my mom is scared of him because he is known to bite sometimes. He acts like he is guarding me from my family. I love him to peices though even though he has no manners on how to treat his elders! Since I've had Bruno I dont think I could live without a hedgehog. They are unique in their own way!
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Hello,

We are really new to haveing a hedge hog in our home, so my questions might well be too basic to be interesting, but I really need to know what is the right when it comes to feeding and handling our little girl.

Her name is "cuddles", she has been here since about November and we have been feeding her "cat food" as instructed by the breeder. We tried "Hedgehog" food, but she won't eat it. She will eat mealworms (about 15 to 20 per day) and a little cat food, but I don't know if it is getting the stuff it needs from this diet.

We try to hold her each day, but she is still very shy. She makes a "chucker" noise when we are near even when we feed her, but after a while she will snuggle and lick my hand. She also sort licks and nips at my finger but never bites. When we put her into a basin of warm water she hopped out and ran around on the floor. She likes peanut butter as a treat, but rejects fruit.

I want to know how to get her to become a friend and what to do to give her a happy life here with us. My 10 year old daughter is officially 'cuddles" mommy, but we are caring for her together.

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Most hedgehog food is nothing but crap. You should go to the nutrition section and look at the cat food sticky that was written by Reaper. It has a list of good cat foods that you can feed a hedgehog. It's best to have a mix of two or more, if you can do it.
She shouldn't be getting that many mealworms a day, really. Usually 3-4 a day is good, from what I've read.
Hedgehogs have naturally dry skin, so you should only give her a bath when she needs one. You can use Aveeno oatmeal bath to wash her, or kitten shampoo.
I'm not sure if she should be getting peanut butter for a treat or not, but make sure she's not getting any whole nuts. They can cause lots of problems.
Keep holding her every day, for at least half an hour, or more if you can manage it. Good luck!
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Hello,
We are really new to haveing a hedge hog in our home, so my questions might well be too basic to be interesting, but I really need to know what is the right when it comes to feeding and handling our little girl.
Most of the basic questions about hedgehog ownership are answered on this forum. You made a great step in coming here. Welcome!
My first suggestion is to read all the stickies (the posts at the top of the pages of each section of the board that have ! pictures beside them). They have so much information that is helpful to a new owner--I've had my hedgie about 6 months and I learned so much from this place!

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Her name is "cuddles", she has been here since about November and we have been feeding her "cat food" as instructed by the breeder. We tried "Hedgehog" food, but she won't eat it. She will eat mealworms (about 15 to 20 per day) and a little cat food, but I don't know if it is getting the stuff it needs from this diet.
As Lilysmommy said, hedgehog food is crap. It's made mainly for European hedgehogs and does not meet the nutritional values of African Pygmy hedgehogs. Try to get Cuddles on a mix of cat foods (preferably a mix of proteins like, for example, a chicken based one and a lamb based one, etc), so she can get different sources of proteins. The list of food Lilysmommy was referring to was this one https://hedgehogcentral.com/forums/vi...c.php?f=6&t=15. ALL the foods on that list are hedgie suitable, so try getting two or three of those (you can make the mix as big as you want, but two-three is usually a pretty good number for people who only own one hedgie and don't need tons of food around) and then slowly switching her to a mix of that food (try introducing one food at a time so you can tell if one upsets her tummy). If she's picky and you're not sure she'll eat a certain food, some stores offer sample bags of foods so you can try them before you invest in a huge bag.
Mealies are very fattening. Depending on her size and activity level should depend on how many mealies she gets. Typically 3-5 for the average (not overweight) hedgie is standard. They should be considered treats, with just a few a day, and should not be a main part of the diet--the main diet should be the kibble mix.
Do you have a wheel for her in her cage so she can exercise?

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We try to hold her each day, but she is still very shy. She makes a "chucker" noise when we are near even when we feed her, but after a while she will snuggle and lick my hand. She also sort licks and nips at my finger but never bites. When we put her into a basin of warm water she hopped out and ran around on the floor. She likes peanut butter as a treat, but rejects fruit.

I want to know how to get her to become a friend and what to do to give her a happy life here with us. My 10 year old daughter is officially 'cuddles" mommy, but we are caring for her together.

Thanks,

Cliff
Holding her is great, and is what it will take to get her to be a "friend". Some take a long time to come around, so don't give up! She may never become a snuggle bunny, but she can become more friendly as time goes by if you keep working with her.
Some hedgies don't recognize food as food right off the bat. You can try giving her fruit again to see if she finally recognizes it. Or she may just not like fruit. Here's a fruit and veggie list, where you can find safe foods for her to try. https://hedgehogcentral.com/forums/vi...c.php?f=6&t=60
You can also try some crushed boiled egg, scrambled egg (can be done in the microwave to avoid excess fats), unseasoned (but cooked) chicken/turkey, and different types of baby foods. A lot of times it's hit and miss when it comes to what they like, but hopefully you can find something.
Like Lilysmommy, I'm not sure about the peanut butter...and I'm assuming it's creamy not chunky! But yeah, I'm not sure how good of a treat that is for her. Maybe someone else can be more helpful there. I probably wouldn't feed it to her myself.
Was the basin of water for a bath? If so, bathing/swimming shouldn't be part of general playtime. Hedgies get chilled easily. After bathing (or a special swim session for fun, if that's what you're aiming for), they need to be wrapped in a blanket or hedgie bag and snuggled with until dry before being allowed to run around or go back in the cage.

Like I said, browse the forums: there are so many beginners questions answered here. And feel free to ask questions! We've all been there, and we're all still learning, so that's what we're here for.
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i have just recently bought a young hedgehog, i think its only a few months old, i got him from a pet store, some people have said it wasnt a great choice, because most stores dont take propper care of them, but i chose to go with it because just because he might get sick or have an issue doesnt mean i should kick him to the side, i love my new little friend, he runs around the house chasing my cat, and plays with my girlfriends ferrits, he opened up pretty quickly to me, the first day i had him he would roll up and huff and pop like crazy at me. but after that he was really good, i took him upstairs (the top floor of my house is hardwood) and placed him in his ball and ran right over to my sleeping cat trying to run her over lol. it was one of the cutest things i had ever seen, after 2 hours of watching i let him out the ball and he ran her down, it was so funny seeing her run from sonic, he didnt curl in a ball when she moved, never rose a spike or anything, then the day before yesterday i took him out to my girlfriends house, she has ferrits and i wanted to see if they would get along, sonic was in the ball at first but i didnt like him being tossed around and spinning all over the place, so i took him out the ball to see how they would act, it was actually a real shock to watch them play tug-of-war with a small mouse toy (was not a grown ferrit, it was still just a baby not much bigger than my hedgie) they got along verry well together chasing each other around and sharing their toys.

sonic is alittle bit of both when it comes to snuggling and exploring, he has his times of both, when im watching tv, he climbs on my shoulder and lies there licking my neck and watching some fuel tv with me. but he also loves to roam all over the house with his ball and free roaming my bedroom and living room. im so glad he turned out the way he is, i love everything about him and cant believe its only been a little over a week.
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