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biting and pulling on shirt in cage

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is this playing, or a behaviour i should try to not reinforce?

i put a tshirt in my new hedgies cage, just draped it over her igloo so she can get my sent and get used to it, around 10pm she was pushing stuff around in her cage as usual when i noticed she was clamped on to the shirt and pulling it away, I realized i didnt want to get that shirt ruined so i went to take it out to put a different one in and she would not let go! i gently pulled on it and she just got all excited and pulled back which was adorable, but is that playing?
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Hope said:
He actually tries to eat the towel that I put him on for play time. Is this a normal behavior?
You really shouldn't let him play with a towel at all. Hedgies like to dig and scratch at whatever fabric they are on, so they can find a comfy place to sleep. And their little nails can get caught in the loops of the towel and end up ripping their nails.

The only time I use a towel is bath time, but once I leave the bathroom and he's dryer, I move my boy into a bundle of fleece.

And, there's probably something tasty he likes on the towel, just be careful he doesn't actually eat any of it, or else it can cause an impaction.
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