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Old 11-08-2014, 11:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy serious re-bonding needed!

I went on vacation for 10 days, leaving Crowley with my dad and sister to take care of her, food and cage cleaning, heat checking stuff.

all went fine, she eat, drank and ran in her wheel like normal, her cage got cleaned and i left her radio going so she has her music even though i was gone.

well i get home and go to play with her and she curls in a ball and hisses continuously. wont uncurl for anything, was like this for a solid hour. at first i thought it was cuz i smelled like my friends dog so i showered & changed than tried to hold her again. same thing. so i gave her a bath and put her back in her cage.

I tried to take her out again today and got her to uncurl alittle after about an hour and a half of being out and got her to sleep on me alittle but anytime i moved or moved the towel she would curl right back up again and hiss for solid half hours at a time.


she was alittle depressed the first time i left, but she was sooooo happy to see me when i got home and was eager to bathe and cuddle that time, i just don't know why she's like this, this time?

any advice? i looked her over best i could when i bathed her and other than her dry skin from qilling nothing seemed wrong physically, she seems to be walking fine, she's still eating, drinking, sleeping, pooping fine. se didn't seem to loose any weight and all her claws are fine.

haaaaa if she's going to be this traumatized by me leaving for mearly a week at a time it looks like i won't be doing it again.

anyway, any ideas why she might be acting like this? any ideas how to help? she won't eat anything but kibble so bribing with treats isn't an option and iv just been doing persistent cuddling to try and reacquaint her to our bond but im worried with how hard and long she balls and hisses[it sounds like shes hyperventilating] that keeping that up might hurt more than help.

so yeah, any and all help is waaaaay more than appreciated.
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Old 11-09-2014, 02:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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well I guess she got used not to pickup or play with anyone in 10days that you are away.
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Old 11-09-2014, 05:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Maybe she's just throwing a "You left me so now I'm mad at you!" tantrum. Miko has these sometimes if I hand her off to my boyfriend and leave the room for too long (read: more than 15 minutes). Usually I just let her sit on my hand/arm/lap and watch TV or use the computer while she fusses, and eventually she calms down a little. Sometimes I just talk to her without petting her and see if she'll peek her head out.

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Old 11-14-2014, 06:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Crowley is alittle better now.

takes only a few mins to get her to uncurl again and seemed fine during 'hedgehog cuddle movie night' - had opinions about the movie and everything.

she will play in her pen fine, was a butt about nail clipping till i almost cried, but otherwise was fine during her bath.


slowly getting back to normal :_)
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I feel you there. Sometimes I feel so frustrated with Rose that I want to cry when trying to clip her nails.
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