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I highly recommend just continuing the effort: picking him up the proper way BARE HANDED and letting him just sleep on you at first. Don't try and "play" with him, just give him a place to hide on your lap and let him go back to sleep. If he can sleep on you, he'll start gaining trust. And I know those quills can hurt---baby ones especially!!!---but just take a deep breath. Kalandra was right: by picking him up properly, it evens out his weight and the quills won't poke into your skin as hard. And eventually, you get used to it. For me at least, I don't even think twice about picking up Chip, even when waking him up! He's just my prickly little love :)

(I should be honest and mention that after a bath, I have a few little flaps of skin haha. Never drawing blood, but just like a bunch of superficial cuts. He really hates water...)
 
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