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So you want to house 2 hedgehogs together!

Sometimes, you can house 2 females together, harmoniously. You should have 2 of everything; 2 wheels, 2 hiding places, 2 food dishes and 2 water dishes/bottles. Sometimes they might fight, so be prepared to have 2 cages, just in case.

Never try to house 2 males together, they will most likely fight all the time.

Never house a male and female together, unless they are both spayed and neutered. They will mate and kill babies. Do not even let them have play time together, at all. It only takes a few seconds for them to mate.
 

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nomisinad said:
i have happy female and male groups here.. and actually thats a normal thing here in germany..?

my first hedgehog was a male one and he was pretty lazy and didnt do anything but eating. since i found him a friend he is so diffrent. he runs around and is really happier than before..

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Is the male neutered, or the female spayed? If not, then I'm sure the male would be happy. Gets to mate with the female whenever he wants. Then when babies come he can snack on newborn babies and start right back in mating with her. Meanwhile the female is constantly being pursued, constantly having babies, and always being pregnant will wear her out.

Please don't house males and females together unless they are spayed or neutered.
 

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Ahhh, gotcha now. Sorry for the confusion. :) Do be careful of the males though. They will fight and sometimes to the death.
 

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So could you house 2 males or a male and a female together if they were spayed/nuetered? Or would they fight all the time? I'm kinda thinking about getting another hedgie, I mean I have two of everything else :D Two beardies and two dogs, I'm beginning to think shadow feels a little left out :(
 

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So could you house 2 males or a male and a female together if they were spayed/nuetered? Or would they fight all the time? I'm kinda thinking about getting another hedgie, I mean I have two of everything else :D Two beardies and two dogs, I'm beginning to think shadow feels a little left out :(
When ever you house to hedgies together you should always be prepared that they will fight and you will have to separate them. Not all females will get along and personally I wouldnt go through the stress of a spay/nueter just to house a male and female together. Unless they are both fixed you run the risk of cancers. And I wouldnt spend the money on a spay/nueter both animals for them to have the possibility of not getting along. Just keep them separate.
 

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juggalicious said:
I'm beginning to think shadow feels a little left out :(
Hedgehogs are solitary creatures, so he's probably perfectly content being the only hog. :)
 

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Okay, so luna is a small little girl but she's befriended a large pine cone, its bigger than her. She's very, very attatched to it and will spend time 'cleaning' it and cuddling with it. On occasion she gives it the 'not much of a talker, are you?' look. Should I get her a pal? She's a lot smaller hedgie than I'm used to, and I wouldnt want to get her a buddy that turns out to be a big bully. And I dont think I have the time for two hedgehogs, two cats, a high maintenence dog and going back and forth from doctors to home. Infact I know I could not handle two hedgies at this point in time.
Is Luna okay loving her giant pine cone? Is there an alternative option? Or would it be best to get her a friend?
 

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Hi,
I have two hedgehogs that are housed together, a mother and daughter, but i only have one of everything. They cuddle in the igloo together, its pretty big, and sometimes they both try to run on the wheel, but they get along good most of the time. The mother had the baby after i bought her, so they've always been together, and they've always shared the same water bottle, food and wheel. You said that if you house two together you should have two of everything, but do you think my girls are the exception if they've always shared everything? or should i get two of everything? Also, how big should the cage be if there is two of them in it?
 

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Housing any two girls together even a mom and daughter there is always a risk that they could at some point in time fight. Often the fight will be over the wheel when both will want it at the same time. :lol:

Having two wheels and offering an extra bed is always a good idea. With one wheel, if you have one who hogs the wheel all the time the other won't get much exercise. I have a couple of mom daughter pairs together and on occasion, they sleep separate.

As always, the bigger the cage the better. I have pairs in 2'x 3' cages and 2' x 4' cages. :)
 

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Thanks Nancy, that reassured me that they're fine together. And you're right about fighting for the wheel, its hilarious, one will jump on and start running, then the other will jump on behind and the first one will fall off, and sometimes they both get on and try to run in opposite directions, haha they are quite the little characters! I also wanted to add, i'm pretty sure you helped me out back in may when i first got my hedgehog and wasn't sure if it was fat or pregnant....and then it had a baby? anyways, if you don't remember thats ok, but if you do, i just wanted to let you kno that they are both great and the baby is the sweetest little girl, she's so well tempered that i don't even think she knows how to curl into a ball! thanks again so much for everything :)
 

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I had a mom daughter pair who used to run side by side until daughter got too big. I quickly made them an even wider wheel but they never did get back to running together. They too used to try to run in opposite directions and then they'd finally get going the same direction. It was so cute.

I'm glad your baby survived and is doing well and that you are enjoying them. Glad I could be of help. :D
 

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Alicat42 said:
Okay, so luna is a small little girl but she's befriended a large pine cone, its bigger than her. She's very, very attatched to it and will spend time 'cleaning' it and cuddling with it. On occasion she gives it the 'not much of a talker, are you?' look. Should I get her a pal? She's a lot smaller hedgie than I'm used to, and I wouldnt want to get her a buddy that turns out to be a big bully. And I dont think I have the time for two hedgehogs, two cats, a high maintenence dog and going back and forth from doctors to home. Infact I know I could not handle two hedgies at this point in time.
Is Luna okay loving her giant pine cone? Is there an alternative option? Or would it be best to get her a friend?
if you dont have time for another hedgie you shouldn't get one escpecially with a high maintenance dog,(trust me i know) but anyways, a large pinecone?! :lol: what does a hedgie look like cuddleing a pinecone? :lol: :lol: :lol: put some pics of it i think that would hilarius!!
 

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Alicat42 said:
Okay, so luna is a small little girl but she's befriended a large pine cone, its bigger than her. She's very, very attatched to it and will spend time 'cleaning' it and cuddling with it. On occasion she gives it the 'not much of a talker, are you?' look. Should I get her a pal? She's a lot smaller hedgie than I'm used to, and I wouldnt want to get her a buddy that turns out to be a big bully. And I dont think I have the time for two hedgehogs, two cats, a high maintenence dog and going back and forth from doctors to home. Infact I know I could not handle two hedgies at this point in time.
Is Luna okay loving her giant pine cone? Is there an alternative option? Or would it be best to get her a friend?
if you dont have time for another hedgie you shouldn't get one escpecially with a high maintenance dog,(trust me i know) but anyways, a large pinecone?! :lol: what does a hedgie look like cuddleing a pinecone? :lol: :lol: :lol: put some pics of it i think that would hilarius!!
lmao, i have seen hedgies cuddle a brush, but not a pinecone,

i agree with kean, pictures are definitely needed to melt faces at the utter cuteness
 

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I have 2 hedgehogs living together successfully, they are half sisters Ruby and Seoda. I got Ruby June 08 and Seoda Oct 08. I started slowly having them in seperate cages for quarentine purposes then after about 5-6 weeks, I socialised them together in a neutral space building up slowly from about 10 minutes on the first day supervised to eventually after a number of weeks putting them in together for the night. The first few nights I slept by the cage to ensure nothing untoward would happen and luckily it didnt.

As suggested I had 2 of everything seperate sleeping and eating areas for my hedgies. At first they ignored one another when in the neutral space and eventually sharing the cage. Now they snuggle together when sleeping, sometimes they sleep a few inches away from each other and sometimes they snuggle touching but sleeping head to toe. They also eat from the same space now so I have altered the cage to allow this, I still have 2 wheels but one large sleeping area and one feeding area. Occasionally they might huff at each other over the wheel but sometimes they go on it together or go on both wheels at the same time swapping over.

I still have the second cage just in case things change but it is working great at the moment, which is great for me as I have only one cage to clean and it makes life so much easier considering I am now 8 and a bit months pregnant :)
 

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I had 2 male hadgehog name Yamato and Zala,
they never fight and can share food, drink, room and hiding box.
I think, I'ts ok to make they share
 

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I had 2 male hadgehog name Yamato and Zala,
they never fight and can share food, drink, room and hiding box.
I think, I'ts ok to make they share
You'd be wrong. Male hedgehogs most often fight with other males, even brothers. Often to the death. You're risking both of your hedgehogs lives by forcing them to live together.
 
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