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Old 02-26-2019, 04:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone!

My name is Steph and I'm a new hedgie mom of a baby named Pepper. I love him to death and am currently nursing back to health. The only problem? He despises me. He was just moved from my parent's house to my dorm and I understand that anger on his part. With my anxiety, his huffing makes me nervous and I use a glove to grab him. I'm worried about getting spiked when he's a ball but I hate using gloves.

I really want to bond more and am putting stuff that smells like me in his crate starting today. Any tips on how to pick up a balled up hedgie without them hurting you? I can pick him up without gloves when he's standing no problem as I just scoop underneath his belly. I sometimes use bedding to scoop him up, but it's so messy and gets everywhere.

Any advice would be great TIA!
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I use put my hands bouth side with a little of the bedding and scoop under Holly, so she sits in both my hands and she unballs soon after I pick her up. She'll huff a bit but stops soon after too.
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Hate isn’t really a hedgehog emotion (it’s really more of a human emotion.) In your case, I think your hedgie is just scared.

If you can’t handle him when her quills are out, that’s okay. You can just have him sit in your lap whilst you’re watching tv, relaxing, ect. Hand feeding him is also a great way to bond.

I hope this helps. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forums/images/smilies/icon1.gif[/IMG])
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How long have you had your hedgie? He is maybe just still scared of you yet just like you are scared of his quills. The calmer you are around him the more he will relax and learn to trust you. They are great animals but they do take lots of time and patience.When we first got ours I would put a terry cloth wash cloth that she used for a blanket near her and gently roll her on it and then pick her up and put her on my lap.After many months now when she sees her wash cloth she now hops on it and waits to go for bonding time.We can pick her up without it but she knows it as a signal to go and if I put one end of it in her carry sack, she acts like its her red carpet and makes a be line in and sits quietly waiting to go. It just all takes time and repeating the same habit over and over.
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Hate isn’t really a hedgehog emotion (it’s really more of a human emotion.) In your case, I think your hedgie is just scared.

If you can’t handle him when her quills are out, that’s okay. You can just have him sit in your lap whilst you’re watching tv, relaxing, ect. Hand feeding him is also a great way to bond.

I hope this helps. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forums/images/smilies/icon1.gif[/IMG])
Thank you!
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How long have you had your hedgie? He is maybe just still scared of you yet just like you are scared of his quills. The calmer you are around him the more he will relax and learn to trust you. They are great animals but they do take lots of time and patience.When we first got ours I would put a terry cloth wash cloth that she used for a blanket near her and gently roll her on it and then pick her up and put her on my lap.After many months now when she sees her wash cloth she now hops on it and waits to go for bonding time.We can pick her up without it but she knows it as a signal to go and if I put one end of it in her carry sack, she acts like its her red carpet and makes a be line in and sits quietly waiting to go. It just all takes time and repeating the same habit over and over.
Just over a week! From the searching I've done I do know it takes a while. I just needed some affirmation that it is normal and some ideas of how to help our bond. Thank you for the advice!!
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