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Old 10-15-2008, 06:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I've had my hedgehog for a couple of months and he has done a complete 180 on me. He used to be very shy and curl up in a ball if you even blinked. After a while he started to get used to me, but was still pretty shy. All of a sudden, about 3 days ago, he is completely different, he doesn't curl up at all no matter what I do and his sleeping pattern has changed. He no longer sleeps in the day, he is up all day long and sleeps at night. He has also started biting. Does anyone know what might have caused this and what I can do about it?
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Old 10-17-2008, 04:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Someone has a topic on biting already
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Old 10-17-2008, 07:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds like a hedgehog I have.
Im thinking about getting rid of him because we arent bonding very well.
Jumbie stays up all day and sleeps all night to and he is a crazy biter..
fun eh?
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Old 10-17-2008, 08:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Im thinking about getting rid of him because we arent bonding very well.
I hope you aren't serious. That's really unfair.
Some hedgehogs never really come around, and yes it's frustrating, but its still up to you to give him a great life. You took that responsibility when you brought him into your home.
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Old 10-17-2008, 09:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes she is serious..she has him listed to give away on here...under rescue


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Hello im from winnipeg manitoba and I have a very cute albino boy named Jumbie.
Hes very social and once he unballs he loves to run around.
He can bite but ive been handling him more and he doesnt but as often now =]
Im just giving him away so you must provide your own cage,wheel,etc.
I will only give him away if I find a suitable home for him.
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Yes she is serious..she has him listed to give away on here...under rescue


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by numothehedgehog on Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:17 pm

Hello im from winnipeg manitoba and I have a very cute albino boy named Jumbie.
Hes very social and once he unballs he loves to run around.
He can bite but ive been handling him more and he doesnt but as often now =]
Im just giving him away so you must provide your own cage,wheel,etc.
I will only give him away if I find a suitable home for him.
Thanks
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...oh. I missed that.
Poor hedgie. Hopefully whoever gets him won't feel the same way...
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Old 10-17-2008, 10:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Unfortunately, he'll probably live his life being transferred from owner to owner. People like the idea of adopting a hedgehog, even when they are told it's a biter (especially when it's FREE). But until someone gets their hands on it and is committed to taking care of it with lots of patience, time, and bitten hands....it will never get resocialized.

My very first hedgie was a biter. I adopted him off craigslist from a negleted home. He had been put into a 10 gallon tank and the family didn't handle him because he was a biter. I knew this up front and was ready for the challenge. It took me nearly a year to completely resocialize and hand tame him. I accepted him as a biter and would never consider putting him off on someone else. YES, it takes patience and tolerance for the bites....but you can rehab them.

I eventually rehomed him, but only when I knew he was safe and would no longer bite. I also asked a resonable adoption fee for him. Which immediately weeds out the, "I want that FREE hedgie" attitude. If someone has to pay for their new pet, the chances are greater that they will take care of it, rather than passing him on to the next person. NOTE: I didn't just pass him on, without careful consideration. I've done many pet rehabiliations, with successful endings.

Bless his little hedgie heart. Don't blame the hedgehog for not bonding with you.
If you don't put forth the time and effort, HOW can he bond with you?

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I too feel this hedgehog is now doomed to a life of being shuffled from home to home.




One of my own hedgehogs, Zeek, is not particularly fond of being handled. Actually, he hates it. He will only unroll from a ball to bite (and yes, he's been to the vet several times and and pain from an injury has been ruled out).
He had been moved from home to home before he came to us, and I feel this would have continued, if we had not taken him in.
But, he loves being out, and being able to explore so we allow him to do this every night. He just doesn't want to be handled. My husband and I respect this as his personality, and we would never give him away despite the fact he is less than affectionate.
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Old 10-18-2008, 01:25 PM   #9 (permalink)
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one of my girls, Pita, is a biter too, i can't count how many time she's taken a chunk out of my hands, but i would never consider rehoming her, it just wouldn't be fair to her or the people that took her. I know she will always bite, will never like to be held, but I love her anyways.
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Jumbie stays up all day and sleeps all night to...
That's because it's what HEDGEHOGS do!
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