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Old 07-10-2018, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hedgie that only bites my skin

So, I know that there is a pinned thread for biting, but I was curious to get some actual feedback on this.

My hedgehog is about 7 months old, and I adopted him from his previous owner about a month ago. He loves to climb on me (and just about anything) and anoints with all kinds of new smells when he can. The problem I am having is when I try to pick him up with my hands (skin to skin contact).

I can hold him for about 1 minute before he chomps down really hard (fingers or palm) and stays there for about 30 seconds before he lets go. He does this with my toes and heels as well if I leave my feet near his mouth at all. He does this regardless of the mood he is in (he has done it in really happy and really grumpy moods).

I normally pick him up with a fleece blanket and he does well with that, I also switched out my hand soap to the classic Softsoap hand soap (I couldn't find anything non scented but this was the most neutral). I also usually let him eat before I do any type of holding.

Also, when my brother holds him he does not bite him at all! I feel very rejected when I hold him.

Is there a reason he still likes to bite my skin so much?
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you use anything scented like lotions, handsanitizers, etc? Do you touch food or something that might smell yummy before you handle him? I usually can't find unscented stuff either so I just buy the unscented dove soap bars off of amazon.
This link is also helpful: https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/foru...-now-what.html
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Do you put his food in his bowl with your hands? If so, that may be the reason why he is biting you because he smells his food and it has the same scent as your hands. That's why my hedgie was biting me so now I pour her kibble into her bowl.
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