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I was just wondering how bad the quills really hurt? I just picked up my new little buddy from a kid who couldn't and wasn't taking care of him. He's really defensive right now, and I want to hold him a little to get him used to me and my scent, but honestly :oops: I'm a little scared of him. Please someone tell me I'm just a baby :lol: I really want to hold him, he is so adorable.
 

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So hold your little guy!
He's never going to get used to you if you don't.

For the most part, it's just prickly, but, if you get an especially angry/scared hedgie, you can get poked.
 

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Yeah he's probably just nervous.

But since you just got him tonight (I just read your other post) you should let him have at least the nigh to settle in and get used to his new settings.

I find that if my hedgies need a bath, they make me itchy.
 

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Well this one probably really needs a bath, as I mentioned the kid wasn't taking care of him and the bedding hadn't been changed for quite a while :x but now that's all clean. I'll probably give him a bath as soon as I get home :mrgreen:
 

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I like to describe their quills like a 'rough brush' or a 'dull pencil' but sometimes they can feel more like a sharp pencil, as I'm sure you know! ;) For the most part, it's just little pokes. Not needle sharp at all.
 

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Thanks guys! I picked him up and held him for a while :D , he seemed fine as soon as I had him in my hand, just picking him up is the hard part :roll: LOL he also was able to sneek a quill under my finger nail which felt pretty good :shock:
 

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Well, for the most part I'm ok with picking him up now. He get's pretty grumpy when I wake him up for a bath though :lol: Last night I had him playing on my lap and it was the cutest thing ever.... until he peed and pooped on me :eek: I actually didn't even know until I got up to put him back in his cage and I was all wet :lol: I can't believe something so small could pee that much :shock:
 

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My hedgie was like that at first, she hissed when ever something touched her or when i touched her, even now she hates being picked up but as soon as shes in my hand she relaxes and uncurls. It just takes time, in a few weeks he should be better. :D
 
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