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Old 08-13-2014, 11:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 14 month old keeps biting (curiosity)

I have a 14 month old female hedgehog and she keeps biting. I'm sure it's just curiosity because she bites everything, blankets, beds, couches, nail clippers, etc. If it's in front of her face and she's not sure, she bites it. But that means she also bites fingers, arms, hands and feet. I take her out all the time but honestly pull away when she goes near my unclothed skin (like hands or feet) because I hate being bitten. It doesn't matter what I wash my hands in, she still bites. She does it a few times every time she's out then stops.

How can I get her to stop biting?
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Old 08-14-2014, 03:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Still working on the biting thing with Nico...the easiest thing to do is keep skin away from her face. The down side is that it doesn't really solve the problem. The upside is that you aren't getting bitten and it's breaking the biting cycle. I've managed to train Nico not to bite the bars of her play pen by snapping my fingers near her when she does it. That type of thing is a viable option, but painful. It results in you getting bit so that you can do something unpleasant to her.

If you aren't doing this already, keep an old t-shirt or fleece blankie that has your scent on it in her cage so she can associate your smell with safety and snuggles.

Sometimes you can tell that they are going to bite before they do it. Whenever she is about to attempt biting snap your fingers or make a loud enough sound to startle her. If you're consistent and patient she'll hopefully decide biting is not a good habit. Of course, they are fast little buggers. Sometimes they get you without warning.

Are you putting her back in her cage when she bites you? If so, be sure not to do that. They figure out really fast that they get left alone when they bite. Keep her out for at least another 10 minutes or so.

Sorry, I'm rambling and covering things you probably already know. Like I said, still struggling a little with my baby girl. It's getting better! She only seems to bite my husband now while he's giving her a bath. Still can't have her sit in my bare hands without a bite attempt. I'm starting to think she genuinely believes my fingers are giant mealworms!

Mostly tho, it's just going to take time and patience. Don't let her know you're nervous and you'll be fine
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