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Old 09-19-2008, 10:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Let me say that I read the previous post about biting and took all of those things into consideration before posting. I have a new hedgie (4 months old but I have had her a week) She is starting to lunge and bite. She will actually go after my hand if I do not pay close attention. I have been holding her in my lap with my hands in the general area so that she just gets used to them, but 3 times she has actually charged across a 2 foot space and snapped at them. Last night I added a tp roll to her area just to see what she would do with it. She ripped it to shreds with her teeth within 2 minutes! I took it out because I was afraid she was going to choke on the pieces of it she was tearing off.

I started washing my hands in tea tree oil based soap to make sure it was not that my hands smelled edible. If my son puts his hands within visual range she will go out of her way to try and get a mouthful so I feel it is not just me.

Anyway - all this to ask - what is a hedgie safe way to correct/discourage this sort of behaviour? I do not want to be jumpy but sheesh - she is a savage little thing when she gets her mouth on!
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do not use tea tree oil anywhere around hedgies (even if its just on your hands) it is toxic!
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Oh poop! Good thing it is actually a shampoo - I won't do that anymore.... I have to find a way to discourage her from biting that is not toxic but tastes bad. We used to get the dogs to stop by actually coating our hands in jalapeno or tabasco. I was sort of hoping for a similar natural remedy. Certainly can't thump her on the nose. To see her lunge and shake her head furiously - I should have named her Badger!

At 4 months - is she already through her quilling or is there some to come? I saw one quill on the floor last night but nothing otherwise. I can live with the cranky but the biting has to stop.
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I have resorted spraying mine in the face with water, he then opens his mouth because he thinks he is getting dunked.
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she might not of gone through quilling I really can't remeber the times when they do, but if she hasn't then that could be a reason. Grim would always lunge for me when I left my hands near him especially when he was in a hoodie pouch haha he was a little terror sometimes. Really I'm not sure of any good ways to stop it sorry I just kept my hands out of his way and he seemed to grow out of it :/ or distracted him with mealies though that could of originally caused the problem
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Just be careful when spraying them with water because it could lead to a respitory infection.
I read that you're supposed to blow in biting hedgie's faces when they bite. Mom tried that with me, but it didn't really effect me...maybe other hedgehogs would mind it more, though, so it would be more of a punishment.

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Just be careful when spraying them with water because it could lead to a respitory infection.
I read that you're supposed to blow in biting hedgie's faces when they bite. Mom tried that with me, but it didn't really effect me...maybe other hedgehogs would mind it more, though, so it would be more of a punishment.

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Blowing in the hedgies face doesn't work. Its just going to make him even more scared. Just calm down and keep handling him after he bites. Another thing is just keep your limbs and such away from his face. You would be suprised how many people complain about their hedgies biting but yet they're always sticking their fingers in front of their face.
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Old 09-30-2008, 05:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Blowing in Turbo's face works for me. I just do one puff of air and his face scruntches up and he gives up. I've only had to do this twice, although he's not really a biter anyway. I think prolonged blowing in the face would be scary, but a puff or two of air isn't going to matter much, at least in my (limited) experience.
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The only time I have been bitten by Inky was when he was scared and upset at me for trying to trim his front nails (he's a little stinker). I know that if I were to blow of him when he did that, it would have scared him more. I think it really depends on the situation.



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Blowing in the hedgies face doesn't work. Its just going to make him even more scared. Just calm down and keep handling him after he bites. Another thing is just keep your limbs and such away from his face. You would be suprised how many people complain about their hedgies biting but yet they're always sticking their fingers in front of their face.
Exactly what I would have said.
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