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Old 02-08-2013, 12:40 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I talked to one of my college vets who came to see her. He said that an animal that young that was so malnourished would more than likely have a later sexual maturity date(if any), even if she had reached maturity the chances of fertilization would have been very low and the stress of moving to a new home would have had an even higher chance of absorbence/abortion of the feotus. But to be safe I'll leave her back in her cage.

I always took Pindsvin out because he seems to enjoy it, his cage might be his home, but he waits for me to bring him up in the morning and will happily climb into your hand. On any morning I don't bring him up he pulls his bedding into his water bowl and pretty much wrecks the cage.
I just thought if it was something one hedgie liked there was a chance another would like it too.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:56 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I wouldn't count on the "malnourished, she might not be able to concieve", if she was in contact with a male, I would prepare for the "worst", count the days and make her cage baby friendly, just in case.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:30 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I agree with the above comments...and just wanted to add that you shouldn't let both hedgehogs be out at the same time, whether you're there or not. If they're in close contact, it can get both of them excited, stress their bodies, and cause the female to ovulate, even if they don't mate. So it's best to make sure they're always separated.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:04 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Oh no they are never in the same room, I understand that males and females should be kept separate, and I never introduce animals that are new to the house to any of my existing pets unless I'm sure that they are completely healthy first anyway.

I'm still not sure I understand the hang up about letting them out of their cages during the day though (I understand the concern about the female seeing as there is a minor concern she might be pregnant) but surely it's a more naturally way of keeping an animal?
As far as I have studied they are closer to rats/cats in terms of domestication-they maintain most of their primal instincts. I have had rats that slept out of their cages during the day and always found it led to calmer easier to manage animals. (I know they aren't related but taming and handling is)

And for all concerned about the risks- I simply can't see any in my house. There are no objects they can knock over, or crevices they can get behind(not that they move at all during the day) They are very consistent in wake up times and as long as you know when they will be awake you can be there to monitor them for when they decide to have a romp around.
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I think the risks are the main reason everyone's concerned - most houses do have places where hedgehogs could get stuck or hide, and sometimes those places aren't easy to block or fix so they're not an issue anymore. The other big thing is temperature, if they do get someplace where it's cooler. Everyone does do things differently, though, and I know at least one person who has her hedgehog free-range and he does fine. It just depends a lot on the house, person, and hedgehog, but I suppose it does work for some people. I would definitely at least play it safe with the female for awhile, though, and keep her caged until the last possible day she could be pregnant. There's been a lot of surprise litters around lately!
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If being malnurished and stress prevented hedgehogs from reaching sexual maturity and becoming pregnant there wouldn't have been so many pregnant females after the Global Exotics seizure in Texas a few years back. The hedgie were kept in large stock tanks with no food or water, had injuries, were infested with mites and in horrible conditions but many were pregnant when rescued.
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