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Old 03-03-2011, 06:24 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I am feeling more stressed these days because she seems to be becoming more unsocial. She was a lot more playful at the breeders', and the 2nd night she was at my house she actually roamed around and ran on her wheel a little bit in front of us. But now, she doesn't even want to explore. I put her in her cage and she freezes on that spot for 10 minutes. Am I doing something wrong that's making her become more unsocial? Should i leave her alone for a day and hope she's more calm?
Sookie was like that also. She was actually not bad the first few days and let me show her how to use the wheel and she did it in front of me ( which she wont do now and like most only do it when its dark and no sound). She even curled up to me one night and slept right under my chin which was adorable and I felt like she was comfortable with me.
Because we had her cage downstairs it turned out to be a bad thing. I got her as a surprise a few days before Christmas so on Christmas Eve the house was loud and everyone wanted to see her and poke around her cage. My nephew, who is one, thinks every single animal growls so he was growling at her when I wasnt watching. That night I moved her into my room.
She hasnt been the same since and everything scares her. But that was before I knew a lot of the things I know now. I didnt have a lot of time to know the in's and out's. Some days she hates me, other days its not bad. She doesnt like anyone else.( and thats bad because my step mom may have to take care of her for a year). She hasnt slept under my chin again. I placed her there once but she wasnt as relaxed as that one time. I'm trying to give her new treats to be graced with her presence.
This is all really good advise!
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Old 03-05-2011, 03:09 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I had Shadow out a bit today, I let him roam around, took him awhile to finally come out of his ball on the floor and in my lap but he did. And gradually got better towards little sounds and movments I was making with my hands. I think I just need to work with him everyday like you guys said. Thanks for all the advice!! cant wait for him to get used to me. lol. Took this pic today while playing with him. I think he actually enjoyed it too

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Old 03-05-2011, 08:26 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Awwwe! Shadow's a cutie!



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Old 03-05-2011, 09:21 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Shadow looks so curious...'what's that over there?'

You may find the time of day you take him out makes a big difference, too...Snarf at 3pm & 10pm & 3am...all different Snarfs.

You're doing all the right stuff...just be consistent and patient.
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my hedgehog (Oliver) does the same and so when i hold him i use a towel that's folded about 3 times lol. but is that okay ? I've had him for about 2-3 months. i also cant clip his nails cuz again he wont let me get him.
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I just got my hedgehog last Sunday, March 1st, and everyday is the same thing, grouchy, in a ball, always hissing when someone comes near him and hates being touched/picked up, the only time he does anything when im around is when I can catch him in the act of munching on some food or walking around. I just don't know how to handle this because it seems like nothing is working.
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JM that is what most hedgies do! Some eventually become more friendly, other never do. Our Penny is really sweet and she still hisses and pops when you wake her up or startle her. Remember that in the wild hedgehogs are EVERYDODY'S lunch, so their instinct is to ball and hiss! They also have very poor eyesight so they don't know if you are friend or foe.
Try putting a t-shirt that you have worn into his sleeping hut to get him used to your smell. I always talk to Penny when I wake her up so she knows it's me. She stops spiking pretty quickly then.
Whatever you do do not stop handling him! Just keep going. You will learn his little tricks and ways and will become enamored quick enough!
Some hedgies really love to run and play, others just like to hide under your clothes and snuggle.
Good luck to you
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You have had him for a VERY short period of time. It can take weeks or months for hedgehogs to start to get used to you and calm down. Sometimes they never do. You're not going to see much of a change in just a week or two usually. The main thing is to continue doing daily bonding and just give your hedgie time. Hedgehogs take lots of time and patience. Also keep in mind that if he's a baby (6-12 weeks old), he's probably quilling, which is painful and makes them even grumpier.
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