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Old 08-08-2012, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got an 8week old male named Bandit. His previous owner did not have a lot of time for him and he was not held and socialized like he should have been. I would like to know what I can do to help get him to open up a bit. I feel bad because all he does is stay rolled up and hiss and pop. And he wants nothing to do with Silver, my other hog. Help??
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Old 08-11-2012, 07:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hedghogs are solitary by nature, it is NOT a good idea to let them meet especially if one or both are males. If you want your hedgehog to warm up to you, spend lots of time with it. Sleep in a T-shirt for a few days and put it in the hedgies sleeping area so he will associate your smell with feeling safe. Some hedge hogs never want anything to do with people no matter what you do, but lots of them will warm up over time.
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You shouldn't be letting him have anything to do with Silver - males and females should not be out around each other, not even for playtime. They can mate very quickly and breeding should not be done unless you are well prepared for babies, have read as much as you can, have a mentor, and have the pedigrees of both hogs.

As milkingmoomoo said, give it time. Not all are instantly friendly, and it just takes time and lots of patience. Handle him every night, separately from Silver. Hopefully with time and handling, he'll come around.
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The last thing I want is babies. From now on cuddle time will be separate. I gave him his first bath today he was not a huge fan but he did ok.
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