Was going to post the same thing (and you worded even better and more detailed).Nicole said:congrats on your little guy!
everyone has answered your questions quite well but I thought I would give a suggestion about the substrate. I'm sure if you explored the site you'll see that almost everyone likes to use liners. It's just a fleece or chorduroy(sp?) blanket that you can buy at Target or Wal-Mart or one of those stores, and you can cut it and get plenty of liners out of one blanket. Liners can benefit you and your hedgie, there's no possibility of mites or any respiratory problems. They save money and make it way easier to keep the cage clean (just throw them in the wash) as well as keep an eye on your hedgies health because you can see if there's any odd looking stool or blood in the liners. Just a suggestion, I know it's made it a lot easier for me
Oh by the way,
he's verryy adorable
have fun with your new friend!
As far as my input goes:
1) Age contributes to this greatly. My guy is new to me, but 5-6 months and does not defecate on me.
4) I wake my guy up in the evening between 6-8 everyday. Granted he is older and wont be sleeping as long... .but I'm really working on getting him to be social around this time. However, he usually tries to run for any sort of burrowing/sleeping space right away if I wake him up (after a hissy fit after waking him of course). If I give him a space to sleep, he will huff at me and go back to sleep. If i move around too much, he puts on his tough persona. On some few recent occasions, he has fallen asleep in my hands.I've only had him for 5 days, and he is still "huffly" once he is settled, but the second he smells my scent I can snag him up in any position. He's learning that 6-8pm is more of a play time and has recently started to explore and run back to me when he gets to far. Amazing little guy.
So, they can adapt to your "training".... but be patient with it.