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07-22-2014 01:49 PM
*hogwild* So glad I haven't caught my boy in the act. That would be incredibly awkward....I didn't realize hedgies were so enthusiastic about this!

Just to comment on the biological side of it: I would think all mammals participate in this behavior. Chimps, rodents, etc., etc. Yes, mating is highly instinctual for breeding purposes, but they wouldn't continue to....um, practice if it were not immediately rewarding and gratifying. I don't think they understand what it is they are doing exactly they just know it's enjoyable so they do it.

Edit: didn't realize this was an ancient thread. Oopsies.
11-14-2013 08:28 PM
lilbare I have to say that I am glad that I do not have a male. I deal with my birds have Fun on their perchs or my shoulder all the time I do not need a hedgehog doing it too. It is always good to know that they do in case I have come across it and wondering what in the world is going on thank you
11-14-2013 12:04 PM
Lilysmommy This is a pretty old thread, it's better to just ask a question in a new thread than to pull up one from several years ago.

That said, I would guess they'd be more interested in mating with the female than masturbating. Males shouldn't be housed with a female unless you're intending to breed & you are doing so properly - money for vet bills, pedigrees of both hedgehogs (and checked for genetic issues), have done plenty of research, etc.
11-14-2013 02:33 AM
lacey.McGowen Will they do it if in a cage with a female?
09-29-2013 03:08 AM
EdgieHedgie Is it possible for them to become aggressive when this is going on? I've only had him for a few weeks, but he was so sweet... And then he bit me. And it was only after he bit me that I noticed him doing it.
08-31-2010 11:59 PM
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I haven't seen my Brillo "pleasure himself" but I did want to add...
When Brillo was quilling I took him out of his cage and he wasn't going into a ball. I thought that was weird and when I flipped him on his back I noticed he had a quill stuck in his you know what! I had my husband take it out right away but eeeesh that was scary! And I'm sure very painful for our little man!
So if anyone has quilling boys...you may want to check every once and awhile to make sure.
That is awful! About a year ago my Butch Cassidy got kitty litter stuck in his privates (it was non-clumping, too - if anyone has a boy hedgehog, be careful...they'll stick it in -anything-). Fortunately my boyfriend was a real champ and "helped" the little guy along so we could get it out.
05-17-2010 11:18 PM
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As a person of the male gender, I'll just say yeah, sounds about right, heh.
05-17-2010 10:59 PM
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Sounds like he is just enjoying himself, very much so.

05-17-2010 02:48 PM
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Hi, I'm glad I found this topic here, because the first time I saw Keoki do this, I thought he was having massive stomach pains or something. I do have a question though. Lately, it seems like he has a different 'method' & I just wanna make sure it's normal. He starts off with his head tucked under & the butt clenching thing but then he suddenly rolls into a tight ball, FALLS OVER, & keeps clenching his body (5 or 6 times), like spasms. THEN, he pokes his head back out & lays there for a while like he's exhausted. I'm wondering..could he possibly be climaxing when he rolls & falls over? It's kinda scary to see, the first time he did this I was terrified but when He unrolled, he just yawned, laid there for a while then got up as if nothing happened. LOL. The first time I witnessed this new 'technique' was when I changed up his cage. He was exploring then he just stopped & did this. It freaked me out when he fell over in a tight ball. Just wanna make sure it's normal.
05-01-2010 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by cutietexan
well im only 13. thats probably got to be a close record for youngest on here
haha yeah but I'm 12 well I mean I just turned 12....
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