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03-05-2016 11:43 PM
MMeinzer80 Also consider putting a t-shirt in with her that you've worn. It really helped our first hedgehog adjust since he started to associate my smell with the safety of his cage. After two nights I had no issues handling him.
12-26-2015 12:16 PM
shmurciakova I hope she isn't pregnant too, but I would say it is fairly likely since she is an adult and she was housed with a male. Also, considering where you found her. I am sorry that he was injuring her foot, poor thing. Please keep us posted on how she does. It was very kind of you all to take her in!
-Susan H.
12-23-2015 12:43 AM
catbirt I'm hoping she's not she's been thru a lot and idk why but even as grumpy as she is I get the since that she's a sweet girl
12-22-2015 09:18 PM
Chloethehedgie7 Twobytwopets, The blanket/t shirt shouldn't be in there if she's pregnant, as if it does, it would stink, that's just obvious. If she is pregnant, then that is a whole new situation of housing.
12-22-2015 04:51 PM
twobytwopets Given the whole situation, the t shirt or blankets may not be the best option. That cloth may be in there for 6 weeks. It will smell horibly, and possibly start to grow funk.
12-22-2015 03:18 PM
Chloethehedgie7 Don't expect her to be friendly, most hedgehogs are extremely stressed when the owner brings him/her home the first time. Also, a vet appointment would be very helpful!

I would leave her alone the first 24 hr. The first week should be very slow and gentle, no quick changes should be involved the first week, remember, she doesn't know where she is, she's gone through a lot.

Some little tips to help bond with her / make sure she's comfortable in her new home:

Make sure she's warm. Hedgehogs should be kept warm in their cage, it needs to be 77-79 degrees, or she could go into hibernation, and sadly, hedgehogs don't come out of hibernation and die.

Add a used T-shirt to her cage that has your smell on it, she will adjust to your smell quicker, and likely know it's you that is getting her out of the cage, and not a predator.

Put some blankets in her sleeping area. My hedgehogs LOVE fleece blankets, in fact, they like blankets better than sleeping bags, it makes them so relaxed and happy. MAKE SURE the hedgehog isn't accessible to any loose threads, as those can get wrapped around the hedgehogs arms and legs, and may need to be amputated if its bad.

Give the hedgehog Bene-Bac, a probiotic gel or powder that helps with growth and stress, I give it to my babies and I love how it helps them. You can order it here: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=1231

Last but not least, be patient. Patience is key when dealing with a hedgehog, especially when you're dealing with a stressed hedgehog.

I hope all works out, and congratulations on your new hedgie!
12-22-2015 02:33 PM
Slava hopefully she's not pregnant. or else it's gonna be a lot of worrying what to do with those hoglets unless you can find a place for them.

As for bonding, the best tip I can give is to do activities that will make her feel safe around you and get her used to you(and any other people or noises)

This could include:
-Keeping her wrapped in a fleece on your lap or chest as you're laying down or sitting on the couch. Eventually she'll start feeling safe and peek out of there, that's when you can greet her and give her a treat.

-Holding her in your hands: although no hedgie likes being held because they can't control where they go, it's important to do some handling. 5-10 minutes of JUST holding her in your hands should be more than enough because you can't force her to stay if she wants to go.

-talking to her when she's sleeping or going about her business. Floyd gets cautious when someone enters the room, and often stops running, but as soon as I say "Run Floyd, Run", he knows it's me and keeps running

-Enjoy your bonding sessions. I believe hedgehogs can feel your mood and if you are not really into the bonding, not as much progress will be done.

-Give it time. A hedgehog is a hedgehog. It doesn't have a very good memory I bet, so she will need to be around you for a long time.

Also, the changes might be so gradual that you won't even notice. There was a period of a couple of weeks when my sister left for a few weeks, and when she came back she said Floyd is a completely different hedgehog. At that point we had him for a couple of months. I didn't notice any changes honestly.
12-22-2015 02:12 PM
catbirt Oh wow I didn't even think about that poor lil girl I intended to never breed her ty so much for the info I'll look into it
12-22-2015 12:16 PM
twobytwopets Now you may have a new challenge. POSSIBLY.
Go with the assumption that she is pregnant and could deliver any day up until she has been in your house for 55 days.
if she gives birth, you won't be able to clean the cage while she has babies in there with her, that's 6 weeks. Go with a bedding, not liners. You will also want it deeper than normal.
Make sure her diet is as good as it can be.
Her cage needs to be escape proof.
Temperature and lighting need to be controlled.
Read through the emergency baby advice in the breeding and babies section. If she delivers babies, leave them be. Don't peek, don't count, and don't touch. If mom delivers your new role becomes strictly change food and water and leave. If lighting is on a timer, that's one less way you will be less disturbing her.
Also depending on where your cage is, you may need to move the cage to a quieter part of the house.

I don't want to scare you, but the more prepared you are the less scary everything is. Without a basic understanding, it's so easy to make deadly mistakes.
12-22-2015 12:07 PM
Kalandra Since she was housed with a male, start researching pregnancy and babies. It is highly likely that she will be having baby hedgehogs in the near future.
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