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Old 04-20-2014, 07:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Trusts me but doesnt like me

Hello, I've had my hedgehog Willis for about 2 weeks now. He's 10 weeks old and I think we've reached the point where hes starting to trust me. He's always been a friendly little guy and has never made any hissing or clicking noises so its hard to tell but I think he trusts me. Anyways, He'll let me pick him up and he'll explore when hes out with me, quills down most of the time, but when i pick him up, he'll ball up a little, smell its me, unball and quickly become more active than when hes crawling on me to try and get out of my hands. Any ideas what this means? I'd hate to think he didnt like me.
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's 100% normal hedgehog behavior. Some hedgehogs just don't like being picked up and/or held, despite being handled all the time. My girl still balls up a little when I try to pick her up from her cage, but when I actually have her in my hands, she's relaxed with her quills down and eager to explore.

It's not that they don't like us, it's just that by nature, they are naturally timid and shy so it's normal for them to be a little wary of us. Here's a great thread that explains normal hedgie behavior:
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