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Old 05-13-2020, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question I seem to have trained my hedgehog to prefer pooping on me.

Whoops. Warning: lots of poop talk ahead.

Our routine:

I wake her up by taking her hide off her, and then leave her alone for a bit to wake up. She'll generally eat some kibble, but after about five minutes will start trying to burrow to go back to sleep. At that point, I pick her up and give her a shallow foot bath in a dish and clip nails as needed.

We go to the couch, where I put one of her blankets folded on my lap so she can burrow in and get comfortable. Then, she either sleeps a bunch or sleeps and then poops.

Sometimes she stealth poops and I only realise she's done so from the smell. Other times she'll start moving around a bit and I will catch her in the act. When this happens I grab her and put her on a nearby poop tray. But then she squeezes the poop off, and if I put her back in the blanket she'll just stealth-poop the rest a while later. Last night I didn't even know she pooped until she stuck her little face out and wiggled her nose at me as if to say: "hey, can we get clean up in here?" the little s**t!

This started happening frequently about a month ago when I moved her in to her larger cage. She peed on me a few times right after the move, but she wiggles an awful lot before she does that so when she starts to move around a lot, I now put her back in her cage to run around and do what she needs to do and she hasn't peed on me since.

Part of it may be that in her new cage her wheel slides around when she runs on it. I've put in a new mat underneath to try stopping the movement but it still slides a bit. Any suggestions for that?

Any suggestions for training her out of pooping on me? I know I need to be more aware of her movement, but half the time when I lift up the blanket to check she's just trying to get comfortable and growls (hisses? makes that kss-kss-kss and puffs up a little) at me. She's about 9 months old.
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Old 05-31-2020, 03:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Update: problem solved.

After I posted this, I was very vigilant about Reg's movement when she was chilling on my lap. I got a lot of huffs when checking on her as you would expect. If she started moving around, I immediately put her back in her cage to chill for a bit. She'd usually run around a bit, have a bite to eat. When she started to root around trying to hide to go back to sleep, I'd pick her up again and settle her on my lap for naps. It only took about a week of this for her to learn that she can't/shouldn't poop on me. I've also been taking her out of her cage much later than usual due to my own schedule, and I think she appreciates that as well.

For the wheel moving around, the mat underneath has helped and it doesn't seem to move around as much. I've also started putting down paper towels to catch the pee, which has made cleaning that much easier.
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