Quigley's Journey; not quite so grumpy anymore - Hedgehog Central Hedgehog pet care & owner forum
Hedgehog Central GalleryForum Archives Facebook Link

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-31-2009, 09:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,559
Default Quigley's Journey; not quite so grumpy anymore

I was going to ad this to the end of my other post but decided it belonged in it's own thread.
The other post is here: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=3907

I've been reading lots of "introduction" and "just got my first hedgehog" posts lately. It seems like lots of people are unsure or unaware of how long it can take to have a hedgehog come around. Quigley is a bit unusual because I got him when he was two years old and he had never been handled or cared for properly but I don't think he's so unusual that others won't have a similar experience to mine.

So, although I am relatively new to hedgehogs myself I wanted to show Quigley's journey.

When we first got him he looked like this all the time.

At first he was violently popping and hissing eventually it settled to just hissing. All I saw of his face for the longest time was his nose.

Then after a month or two of handling he started sticking his face out (and keeping it out) but his Quills were still up and ready for anything. He looked like this.

At the slightest move or sound he would (and still does) put his quills over his face but may not ball up completely.

Now sometimes he looks like this

His quills are flat and he's a relaxed little explorer.

He usually still looks like the second picture and often looks the like the first picture but the times when he is completely relaxed make the grumpier times worth it. Also during those grumpier times if I'm ignoring his squirming or warning hisses I get a nice hard warning chomp on any soft flesh he can find including arms, the space between finders, and even my armpit once (ouch!) he also bites for apparently no reason or because he thinks I smell good.

It took over 6 months of handling to get him to the point where he would display some of the behaviours towards toys that are mentioned in the other post (linked to above) and another few months before he started to show signs of actually liking us. i.e. not completely balling up (but still putting quills up) and opening to my voice sometimes.
__________________
Heather.

RIP Quigley, I miss you my little grumpus.
hedgielover is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-31-2009, 03:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
Member
 
smhufflepuff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Michigan
Posts: 912
Default Re: Quigley's Journey; not quite so grumpy anymore

quite the quilliness journey

glad the little guy is feeling more relaxed in his home
__________________
Satin Mirranda Hufflepuff -- Mommy loves you
Tex Buckaroo Hufflepuff -- What a good boy
Bella Stormrider Hufflepuff -- Welcome home sweetie
Marlee Twyla Hufflepuff -- Big little girl
smhufflepuff is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hedgehog Central Hedgehog pet care & owner forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hufflepuff's weight loss journey starts Angy Diet and Nutrition 6 02-06-2013 07:36 AM
Po' Boy's Weight Loss & Socialization Journey Hedgehog Grove Diet and Nutrition 31 01-02-2013 06:21 PM
Quigley has a Tumor hedgielover Health 45 08-26-2012 01:58 AM
Quigley has a cold. hedgielover Health 5 12-21-2009 12:37 PM
Quigley's Birthday!!!! hedgielover Fun Stuff 6 10-03-2009 01:30 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:53 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
PetGuide.com
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum