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Old 12-16-2010, 07:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So my hedgehog (Gus) is easy to take out, although he is at the 1 year quilling so he huffs a bit sometimes. But whenever I hold him, he poops. Is it because he is nervous? I love him, but having a pet poop on your hand (large ones too haha) every time you hold him is demotivating. Any advice?
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have seen people here suggest you wake him and let him 'do his biz' for 10-20 minutes, then pick him up. If you find he gets antsy while you're holding him it could be that he's gotta go...
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If you are waking him up for bonding/play time, give him like 10 or 20 minutes to eat, drink and of course, go to the bathroom. Hedgehogs tend to use the bathroom within the first 20 minutes of being awake. You can also attempt to look for signs, like if he's just sitting or even laying about and suddenly gets up and acts kind of frantic, plop him down in the litter box.

But in the end, with hedgehogs, accidents are going to happen, but looking for signs and waiting for them to go first when first awake does help to avoid them.
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Let him do his business before you take him out, or put him on a blanket beside you that you are willing to let him go to the bathroom on before you play with him. Like stated above, accidents will happen even if he does go...he may decide to go again.
I haven't been pooped or peed on yet, but I'm sure it'll happen. LOL
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey everyone thanks for the lightning fast responses. I will try this "buffer time" method out-let him poop first then get him out. I know hes gotta poop-but it would be nice if the majority stayed in the cage haha.
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