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PickyRemi 10-20-2012 12:35 AM

Trips?
 
If you go on trips away from your hedgehog, will it get angry or aggressive or something? Or if you had a babysitter, would it get attached to the babysitter and not yourself? I am thinking of getting one near Christmas when we move into our new house :D But right after we would be going to the mountains :( And a babysitter would take care of it. Deciding is quiet hard. What do you think?

hedgielover 10-20-2012 07:37 AM

Re: Trips?
 
Leaving with a pet sitter should be fine. When they are handled by anyone they socialize and get used to being handled so they are more tolerant of it no matter who is handling them but it is true that hedgehogs will be more used to the person that handles them most. But once you and your hedgehog have bonded a week or two away will probably be fine if the hedgehog is well looked after. Alternatively many people travel with their hedgehogs.

I don't think it's a good idea to get a pet right before you're going away, it's not fair to the pet to bring them into a new environment with new people and then as they are trying to settle in leave them with another new person (or force them to adjust to a new environment if they travel with you). I suggest getting your hedgehog after you get back from your holidays that way you have more time at home to get used to each other and bond and your relationship will be secure before you have to leave your hedgehog with a pet sitter again. Also the first few weeks of owning a pet are busy, you're establishing a routine, you might be changing the food your pet was eating so you have to choose a new food and change over gradually, you have to handle the pet and get to know him/her and you have to watch for any health problems, if your hedgehog comes to you sick or with mites can you really trust a pet sitter to give meds and mite treatments? I think it would be better for you do those things yourself. For hedgehogs who need special care a pet sitter is hard to find. Do you have a pet sitter who is comfortable handling hedgehogs? Will you have the heat set up figured out and completely automatic, do you have a pet sitter you trust to monitor the cage temperature?

drhooke 10-24-2012 08:44 AM

Re: Trips?
 
It should be fine! We've had Ronnie for about 2 months now and just went away for 4 days. We left him wth our friends who have a 12 year old son. I was really worried because I felt like we were really just starting to bond with him after a couple of months and I didn't want to cause any setbacks by leaving him for just those few days. Everything was fine though and when we brought him back, I swear he knew he was home! He wandered around sniffing like crazy, I think recognizing the familiar smells. And he was cuddlier than he's ever been that night. I expected just the opposite, but I really think after a few days with an excited little boy, he was happy to get back to his comfort zone :)
Because hedgehogs are relatively low-maintenance in terms of their daily needs, I wouldn't worry too much about leaving them with a sitter as long as you're really clear with them about his routine and important things like temp, etc.
Having said all that, I agree with hedgielover that it's not a good idea to leave a pet immediately after bringing them home. It's really important to let them settle in, and you want to really get to know them and all their quirks before you let someone else take care of them. Maybe you could take him with you? They're actually pretty easy to travel with, as long as you have a safe warm place where they can stay?


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