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Old 04-22-2013, 04:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Normal hedgehog behavior and day trips?

Okay so I have a 6 month old hedgehog named Dobby who I got in December. I have been handling her for at least an hour every day but I have a couple of questions...

1. Dobby will not tolerate anybody else besides me. If my dad, mom, sister, friend, etc., tries to pick her up she spikes and huffs but when I handle her she is perfectly fine, eats treats from my hand, and snuggles. Is it normal for hedgies to latch onto one person like that?

2. She huffs occasionally with me, like when I first wake her up in the evening to be handled..is that normal? The only times she hisses/spikes at me is if I wake her up or make a very sudden movement.. other than that she is very sweet

3. About once a week I take Dobby on trips to the pet store.. she seems to enjoy it very much. She sniffs the air and eats kibble throughout the trip and never spikes during these trips. I usually carry her in an old shirt, wrapped up and in my arms. Is this okay? Are these trips more stressful then beneficial?

Thank you to all answer, as you can probably tell I am a new hedgie owner and am terrified of doing anything wrong

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Old 04-22-2013, 04:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Normal hedgehog behavior and day trips?

First of all, she's adorable and I love her name!

1. Yes.
2. Yes.
3. This is kind of a controversial topic on this forum. I think the biggest concerns are:
- Sanitation - they shouldn't be taken to grocery stores, restaurants, or other places where you might touch food.
- The health of the hedgie - make sure she doesn't get stressed by socializing, try not to disrupt her sleeping patterns, and be careful not to expose her to sick people. I don't know if humans can transfer colds and whatnot, but I still wouldn't want anyone sneezing on my baby.

However, it sounds like Dobby has fun on your outings, and as long as she's warm enough (maybe carry her in something warmer) and isn't showing any signs of stress I think you're fine.
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Some people make slings and such to carry their hedgehogs around, that way they can feel more comfortable. I know Youtube has some videos on how to make them and I'm sure I saw a few videos on here.
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