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01-02-2019 03:42 PM
Hedgiemom25 I am on day 3 with my 11 week old hedgie Lily. She pops a little when i pick her up, but then is ok. She wants to run constantly though. I would just let her run all over me like she wants to, but the one time I tried it (with my husband there just in case) she went right over my shoulder, onto my back, and tired to take off. Hubby had to catch her before she could make her escape. I discovered last night she will sit still in a bonding bag and tolerate my hand inside, but got upset every time I moved it. She actually bit me at one point. Should I just be letting her hang out with me in the bag at this point, or do I need to actually be trying to handle her?
06-15-2017 07:43 PM
KingHedggie Hello,
My Hedgie is currently 3 months old. I have already gotten him to come out and play. He will climb all over me and ever start licking my neck. Sometimes he acts a little stubborn when I try and wake him up for play time. I am assuming it is just because he is still young and he wants his sleep. Just wanted another opinion on this.
Also his poops are little runny, just kind of soft. I have only had him about 3 days and I read this can be caused by stress of moving into a new environment. I am feeding him Blue Buffalo kitten food with the first ingrediant being chicken, this was the recommendation from the breeder.
Please let me know what you think! THANKS
06-01-2017 01:25 AM
nikki Jesscasket it can take up to a year for a hedgehog to adjust to a new home and a new owner. Older hedgies also take longer to adjust than a younger hedgehog would. He can still get better with time but it will take a lot of patience with him. There are a few hedgehogs that never become overly friendly and I've had a few older rescues that never wanted anything to do with me. The main thing is to not give up, to keep trying and also to realize that it's not that he hates you or is unhappy, it's just that he's a scared little creature being handled by a big scary person. Hedgehogs haven't been domesticated for long compared to dogs and cats so they aren't as quick to adjust as a cat or dog is.
05-31-2017 11:59 PM
hedgielily As with any pet, when they have enough of you, a hedgehog will definitely let you know. But Im the same way so. Great post. I have had many people ask us about our hedgehog experience, and we love it. However these lil cuties arent for everyone. <3
05-31-2017 11:42 PM
Jesscasket I need help with my hedgie. So... he got given to me as the previous owner couldn't look after him anymore. I got told he was a bit grumpy but really affectionate. This was 7 months ago now. I feel so frustrated as I own so many pets but I just can't seem to bond with this guy. He drives me crazy yet when he relaxes, he's adorable. I just can't handle him. He'll trundle about in my hands but his quills will always be up and I can't touch him as he curls up. The only time he relaxes is when we go in the bathroom for bath time (which he hates) but even that's a struggle. We got so far with not constantly curling up in a ball when I go to pick him up to then being all aggressive and grumpy again. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I treat him well, he is fed well, he gets treats which he refuses to eat out of my hands. I don't wake him up as I'm a night owl anyway... so I just want to show him I'm not a threat and I've tried every technique and it just doesn't seem to work.

The good times are awesome. Don't get me wrong but will he ever change or is that it?
02-17-2017 11:00 AM
AliZ I adopted my hedgehog two weeks ago. Even though I researched beforehand and thought I was prepared, I quickly learned that it's very different owning your own hog! Plus, I also knew I was taking a risk adopting a rehomed hedgie so it's been an adjustment trying to get him to adapt to a new environment and start adding things to his life like fleece and slowly introducing better foods. It reminds me of motherhood. Before I had kids, I thought I knew a lot about parenting but after my children were actually born, it was a very different story! Plus, so much of what I read and was told from other hedgehog owners (and Mr. Tumnus' former owners!) was just flat out wrong! I wish so much that I had found this site sooner. Reading this forum has really helped as others have posted their own stories and issues with their hedgies. I've learned that one really needs to base their expectations on each individual pet rather than on the species as a whole. In hindsight, I wish that I could have babysat a hedgehog before owning one so that I would have more experience.
02-16-2017 06:48 PM
Laseterlass I have two. One came from a breeder in the South. A breeder with a huge number. He is huffy and prickly. My other came from a home with a pair. She is sweet and curious. As a weanling she was handled daily and it shows.
02-08-2017 05:36 AM
Ewok_Girl I think I got really lucky my little girl Jasmine she is an 8 week old african pygmy, I've had her for a week today and she absolutely loves snuggle time. I have a towel that I always use, I haven't washed it since I got her (she hasn't soiled it or anything) but she loves it she gives it a good sniff and burrows herself into it on my tummy. Tonight she started splatting and purring and even let me rub her behind the ears and a little bit on her face. I've made sure to handle her everyday and reward her with mealies I think it helps a lot, she also seems to like it when I play music with good instrumentals and she loves it when I sing to her she makes cute little noises and nudges me with her nose. <3
01-26-2017 12:27 PM
grenz21 I have had my hog for 6 months as soon as he hears you he wants to come out to snuggle in your neck and sleep if you put him down he will climb up your leg he just wants to be on you HOWEVER for the last 4 weeks he will launch himself at you and bite and will not let go even if he sees your bare feet when hes on the floor he literally runs at you with an open mouth and when I clench my fist so he can not get a grip he keeps going at me he wont give up, he doesnt huff that much and I can pick him up easily but show him some skin and he will bite, hold on and make a sucking noise till he draws blood !! have I got a vampire hog ??? hes 6months
01-20-2017 12:31 PM
Lilysmommy Are you looking to get him another hedgehog as a friend? Or another animal? Either way, that's not really a good idea. Hedgehogs are solitary animals, especially males. He can't be near a female hedgehog as they will breed. Male hedgehogs will often fight, or at best, ignore each other. And hedgehogs aren't usually much more social with other animals than they are with hedgehogs. If you want another hedgehog or animal for you, that's one thing, but please don't get one with the expectation that it will do anything for Pepper - it could very well make him worse at least for a bit while he adjusts to the new smells & presence of a different animal, to be honest.
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