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10-06-2010 02:47 AM
erica582
Re: New hedgehog owner advice

Hi Alexandra,

I was just reading your posts as I was interested in the food question you asked. But now I am interested Walter, how is he doing now that it's almost been a month??
09-13-2010 02:37 PM
Alexandraboo
Re: New hedgehog owner advice

Well he slept a good part of the night too last night, I got him out last night around 9:30 and had him out for a good couple hours, even when I set him on the floor he just finds a spot to sleep. I took him out for a few minutes today but he was very very cranky so I put him back rather quickly. Ill let him sleep until he gets up tonight and then try taking him out for play time. hopefully he will get used to me and his schedule, im sure the other people who had him diddnt do much with him at all.
09-13-2010 02:17 PM
Olympia
Re: New hedgehog owner advice

About him always sleeping, do you mean during nighttime as well as daytime? Hedgehogs are nocturnal so it's normal for them to sleep all day and wake up at night. Mine both usually wake up between 8:30 PM an 9:30 PM and spend a big part of the night awake. What time did you get him out of his cage? If it's during daytime, it's normal that he's upset, it's the middle of the night for him. Plus, you just got him so he'll need some time to get used to you.
09-13-2010 01:34 PM
Alexandraboo
Re: New hedgehog owner advice

He is biting and quite upset at the fact of coming out of the cage, very poppy and quilly. I dont know if im doing it wrong, but he never seems to be awake, always sleeping. I am kinda worried, he has ate, and is eating fine, but seems a little clumsy and his back legs look a little bit floppy. Not too floppy he still kicks them and walks fine, but just enough to worry me. I wonder if its maybe his age, he is an older hedgie, so perhaps he is just slowing down a little.
09-13-2010 09:19 AM
raven13131
Re: New hedgehog owner advice

Congratulations Alexandraboo!!! Walter seems like a sweet hedgie. My Sonic( or Gonk) is still a grumply ball of spikes sometimes. But, I figured that he would uncurl and stop hissing once he figures out that even if he hisses at me he still ends on my palm no matter what. Sonic tends to like crawling from my hand to my other hand. You are so right about them falling off things. Sonic likes walking and exploring on my hand that I have to quickly catch him everytime because he doesn't seem to mind falling off my hands. He is such an explorer. Anyway, I'm pretty sure Walter will become more and more of sweetheart as he gets to know you. What's his color? My sonic is an Albino. You should post some pics! I would love to see Walter! Keep us posted!
09-12-2010 10:12 PM
PJM
Re: New hedgehog owner advice

Both my hedgies like banana too. Just tried it last week.
My only caution to you would be not to try too many things at one time. Their tummy's can get upset easily & it's best to introduce new foods slowly. It's very hard to do, I know. I wanted them to taste everything! I can't wait to learn everything about them, including what treats they like. But just go slow. Not too many new things at once. You have plenty of time.
We just tried plain scrambled eggs yesterday. Cholla wouldn't touch them, but Zoey loved them. Could only give her a couple bites though, because I didn't want her to get a sick tummy.
I'm excited for you to find out everything about Walter. And to share it with us.



09-12-2010 09:12 PM
Alexandraboo
Re: New hedgehog owner advice

alright :P I just gave him some banana and dry cat food. He seems to like banana. :P
09-12-2010 07:39 PM
fracturedcircle
Re: New hedgehog owner advice

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alexandraboo
Another Update, sorry for being annoying. :P
I have chaanged the cage around and added a large shelf about the size of 1 third of the length of the cage, which is a super pet cage, its fairly big, about the size of a rabbit starter kit cage.

I cut out thick cardboard and made a side for the shelf, so he wouldnt fall off, because I noticed he likes to jump off things, and he falls on his back and cant get up hahah (not from a long distance, maybe a few inches) I also put a side on the cardboard ladder I made so he wont fall off that. I am going to get him a wheel as soon as I can, like I said.

Walter is now very content and enjoying his kitty food I gave him. I was wondering, is wet cat food off limits in small bits, when I feed the cat some wet cat food I would just give him maybe a spoon full in his bowl? is this too fattening? He is the most interesting animal to watch! I am so surprised at how awesome these little guys are, even if they are cranky little guys :P

Again, thanks for all the advice and support!
you are not annoying at all.

as for wet cat food, i've heard that it's fine as an occasional treat (but still check the protein and fat levels to be on the safe side). Harvey was on Iams for a while when he was sick, per his vet's recommendation. so sometimes it's even recommended if a hedgie is sick (god forbid!) and i do think it's fine as a treat every once in a while.
09-12-2010 05:50 PM
Alexandraboo
Re: New hedgehog owner advice

Another Update, sorry for being annoying. :P
I have chaanged the cage around and added a large shelf about the size of 1 third of the length of the cage, which is a super pet cage, its fairly big, about the size of a rabbit starter kit cage.

I cut out thick cardboard and made a side for the shelf, so he wouldnt fall off, because I noticed he likes to jump off things, and he falls on his back and cant get up hahah (not from a long distance, maybe a few inches) I also put a side on the cardboard ladder I made so he wont fall off that. I am going to get him a wheel as soon as I can, like I said.

Walter is now very content and enjoying his kitty food I gave him. I was wondering, is wet cat food off limits in small bits, when I feed the cat some wet cat food I would just give him maybe a spoon full in his bowl? is this too fattening? He is the most interesting animal to watch! I am so surprised at how awesome these little guys are, even if they are cranky little guys :P

Again, thanks for all the advice and support!
09-12-2010 04:42 PM
Alexandraboo
Re: New hedgehog owner advice

Thanks for all the advice everyone. :P He is so interesting to watch, all grumpy like an old man :P I am working on getting his cage a little better for him since his cage now is very very dull and blah. just a few rocks his litter pan and his food and water, no toys or anything. poor thing. I know I need to get him a wheel, but in the meantime ill let him run for a couple hours each night.
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