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Old 11-13-2011, 11:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, my name is Hannah. I got a girl hedgehog a month ago . But every time I wake her up she spikes and hisses. My family wants to hold her but she back away and sometimes bites. I really dont know what to do to make her nice and friendly . Please give me some tips.

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Old 11-14-2011, 12:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What time do you wake her up? Hedgehogs like to sleep during the day and often don't like being bothered then. Try in the evening, when it's closer to when she'll wake up naturally. If you try and get her out at the same time each evening, she should get used to the routine and hopefully become a bit less upset about it. She may still ball up and hiss a bit, but she may calm down sooner.

Go slowly with her. A month seems like a long time to you, but it's not much time at all for a hedgehog. Take her out every evening for some cuddle time. Don't put her away if she bites. Right now, I would try to get her used to just you and maybe one other person in your family right now, rather than overwhelming her with several different people. Just be patient with her and try to help her feel comfortable when she's out. If she wants to get down and explore, set up a safe area for her to play and sit with her while she runs around. It still counts as bonding time even if you're not actually holding her. If she doesn't want to explore and seems to want to just curl up and sleep on you, just hold her in your lap in a blanket or a snuggle bag. Even if she's sleeping, she'll get used to your scent that way and slowly become more comfortable with you. She may want to be covered up while sleeping, so that can help her feel more comfortable as well.

Keep in mind that hedgies are prickly pets. Not all of them will warm up all the way. Sometimes it can take a year or more before they're completely comfortable with you, and sometimes they will still be huffy and hissy. They are definitely a pet where you have to take them as they are and love them even when they're prickly. Good luck!
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for the reply.
I also noticed that my hedgie,Maggie, has a white little thing in her eye socket under her eyeball. I dont know what this is! Can some one plz help me?
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Can you describe what she has better, or take a picture of it?
Also, give your hedgie some time. Some hedgehogs also just won't warm up to people.
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