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Old 05-20-2017, 03:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Friendly Hedgie Turns into Meanie

Dear all,

I brought home my Hedgie around 1month plus.

For the first 2 weeks, it was scared and anxious.

After the 2 weeks, it was beginning to get more comfortable and became more friendly and willing to let me hand feed/pet/hold it.

However, it started to grow fast and got bigger and now,
it will hiss whenever i try to pick it out of its enclosure or made any sounds in its enclosure.

I don't get why it is starting to turn into a meanie. It was so comfortable with me. Suddenly, its behavior changed. Now it will hiss and puff up and try to run into my hand with quills.

This behavior will change only if i wait around 30mins.
Then i can take it out for feeding.

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1) Is it too hungry?
2) Is it normal for older hedgie to act this way?
3) Could it be, that i only take it out once per day for 30mins to 1hour? Is it too little bonding time?
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If it's a behavior change he/she needs to see a vet it is a sign of illness and hedgehogs will very easily start a downward spiral. Also do you know your hedgie's gender it's a he/she not a it. Also how old is he/she if your hedgie is around 9-12 weeks it could just be quilling. But I would still wait for the experts.

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You say you take it out for feeding? Does he have food in his cage all the time? How old is he?
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You say you take it out for feeding? Does he have food in his cage all the time? How old is he?
Yes, i put a small amount of food for it to snack on.

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If it's a behavior change he/she needs to see a vet it is a sign of illness and hedgehogs will very easily start a downward spiral. Also do you know your hedgie's gender it's a he/she not a it. Also how old is he/she if your hedgie is around 9-12 weeks it could just be quilling. But I would still wait for the experts.
And for how old is he. Im not too sure..the breeder didnt tell me his age.
When i have him, he was pretty small size

Also, i noticed he started quilling. Normally quilling will last for how long?
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Qulling can last anywhere from 2-6 weeks depending on the hedgehog. If he's quilling now that would explain why he's grumpy, it hurts.
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People it's a he/she and your hedgie should have a name. A HEDGEHOG IS NOT A IT.
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People it's a he/she and your hedgie should have a name. A HEDGEHOG IS NOT A IT.
I understand this may be a bit of a personal pet peeve thing, but it's not really helpful to the OP. Writing things in all caps usually comes off as yelling and really isn't necessary here.
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