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Hi! I hope you're enjoying your new hog so far. Just gonna jump in and start answering questions.

Outside - this one is a debate. I won't tell you what to do, but I will give you some facts and let you decide.
  1. Hedgehogs are nocturnal creatures
  2. Temperature for hedgehogs is important
  3. They are fast and can be hard to catch
  4. Birds of prey and neighborhood cats exist
Basically, in my opinion, you'd have to do it during the day so you can see them to keep them safe. But since they are nocturnal, they are unaccustomed to being out in the daylight and may be overwhelmed. This will bother some hogs more than others of course. But keep in mind you'd basically be waking them up in the middle of their night to go outside. You'd also need to do it when the outside temperature is in the 70's or higher to avoid a hibernation attempt. Hedgehogs are also quick little buggers. Take your eyes off of them for a second and they're gone. Their coloring can make them hard to find if they find themselves a good hiding spot. Finally, outside threats like hawks and outdoor cats may cause you problems. Personally, the only time I've taken a hedgehog outside was at night while I held her so she could sniff the night air. Personally, not something I would fool with. But if it's something you want to do, keep all those things in mind and plan accordingly.

Food - Hedgehogs can be super picky, so changing food can be a process. In general, you would do a change in four parts. 25% new 75% old the first week and see how it goes. If no tummy upset and the new food is being eaten, do 50% new 50% old the next week, then 75% new, the finally all new food the fourth week. If you get tummy upsets, or she stops eating, go back a step. It's best to avoid swapping foods around if you can as they sometimes will become upset and refuse to eat. But it is common practice to use a mix of two or more different foods just in case one of them becomes unavailable or changes formula and your hog refuses to eat it. It's not a requirement though, just a safety precaution. The more important part is to make sure you've chosen a high quality food with 30%-35% protein and preferably less than 15% fat. Unless you have a runner that can't keep weight on. You can have higher fat in that situation.

Bonding - This is honestly hog specific, but I would expect to spend significant time on this. I've only ever gotten them as babies. I've never raised one that was already an adult. Some hogs come around within days, some in weeks or months, and other can take a year or more. Hedgehogs are patience pets and will come around when they are ready and not a minute before. Really, it doesn't matter that much how you bond with her, it's mostly about time spent. There are things you can do to increase you chances of success though.
  1. Create a nightly routine and stick with it
  2. Create an environment they feel safe in
  3. Have Bribes on hand
Again, hedgehogs are nocturnal. So time spent with them should be at night. Keep the lights low (still make sure you can see of course!), have the tv or radio on to cover unexpected noises. Keep other pets away (dogs and cats milling around trying to figure out what you're holding can be stressful and potentially cause harm if they meet). Beyond that, just work with your hog. Some are happy to chill in your lap while you watch tv or play video games. Some want to run around and explore. A playpen big enough for you to sit in is very helpful here. My girl mostly wants to nap on me. But she has nights she just has to move. Sometimes crawling all over me on the couch is good enough. Sometimes she needs her playpen and even her wheel. The important part for you is just to be there and part of her nightly routine. I would recommend touching her feet as much as you can get away with to get her used to it. You're going to have to clip those nails which can be a huge process if they don't want you to.

Bathing - Personally, I don't give my hedgehog a bath at all unless she has somehow made a giant mess of herself and a bath is the only way. They don't really like the water, and their skin gets so dry. Plus, beyond having poopy feet which can be dealt with a damp paper towel, they just don't really get that dirty to begin with. With the trauma of the bath, and making sure they are warm and completely dry before putting them away for the night, It's just not worth it. If you feel like a bath is a must, don't do it more than once a month.

For oils you can use vitamin e oil or coconut oil. Just a couple drops on her back should do it.

For treats, keep offering the treats you've already tried. They are like children and will often refuse the first several times they are offered. But if you are persistent likely she'll try one of them and like it. Just be sure to only offer one thing at a time just in case of tummy upset. That way you'll know what didn't agree with her.

As for liners, you really don't need to be fancy. If you want to switch to a liner, you can literally just cut a piece of fleece to the correct size for your cage and lay it in there. Or, you can double it and lay two pieces down at a time for extra cushion and absorption. No sewing necessary. I will be honest tho, two pieces sewn together is very nice.

Hope all of that helps. If you have other questions, please feel free to ask.
 
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