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Old 10-13-2010, 04:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all! I've been waiting to pick up my new hedgehog since it was born on Aug 29, 2010. And today was the big day! Got him home safely and I think he already loves his new lifestyle! I hope its going to be a fun, healthy, and awesome life ahead of him. I will definitely make sure of that! He's so spoiled already on day one lol. Hes very playful but still scares easily since he doesn't know me well. Hes sleeping in his new tent right at the moment, i think he loves it, perfect hiding, and comfy place for him. Hes a Salt and Pepper, and I named him Shadow! Here are a couple pics of him. Is there any huge pointers I'll need to know if I dont already know them? ANY advice would help, I want this little guy to live a long and healthy life

I think hes 2-3 weeks old in this pic



Heres his Mom "Baku"

Heres His Dad "Igor"
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Gorgeous pictures
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Old 10-13-2010, 05:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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He's sooo cute!

And as for tips I'd just say keep a close eye on his cage temp. If you don't have a thermometer in his cage, get one, bc you don't always wanna be second guessing whether he's warm enough. It's really hard to 'eyeball' that kind of thing.

Also, I absolutely swear by fleece cage liners over shavings. It's totally a personal choice but it's something you might want to try once just to feel things out. Changing his cage before was kind of an ordeal because I'd have to scoop all the shavings out, wash the cage, scoop a bunch more shavings in, then put all his stuff back in, and it'd make a huge mess. Plus every time I'd pick him up, shavings would come with him and get all over the floor. Now I just scoop him onto my lap, yank his furniture out, pull out his liner, wipe out the cage quick, plunk a new one in, plunk his furniture back in there, and it's all done! Takes max 5 mins. Anyway, it's something I wish I had known right away so thought I'd mention it!

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Congrats and welcome to the forum!
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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He is gorgeous. Congratulations and welcome.
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Welcome to HHC! And congrats on your new addition! Shadow is beautiful! I love his baby picture. My piece of advice is to get one of Larry's wheels. Quiet & easy to clean. Hope to see more pictures!



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Such a beautiful baby! And gorgeous parents too!!!!
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He's adorable!! Welcome to HHC!
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone for the welcomes! As for bedding I'm using the soft Carefresh pet bedding hasn't been sticking to him when i pick him up too much, might switch to fleece later on though does sound easier in the long run. Yeah I'll need to get a thermometer too, I do have my CHE set at like 73 degrees though and I've only seen it go on once and that was before I brought him home so its pretty warm in my living room, but with winter coming up I'll have to watch the temp closer. Is 73 degrees a good temp to set the CHE? (he's in a wire cage). As for the wheel, I got one of those silent spinners a 12" one and just attached it right to the side of the cage, its perfect and I woke up last night and caught him running on it already! first night! I'm so happy!
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He says Good morning! btw

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