So I am a new hedgie owner and my name is Andrew. Knuckles is my 6 month old female hedgie. I have owned her for 6 days... Today I came home at my normal time from work, 10 PM and went for my normal routine with her. I'm in the process of resocializing her, so I always take her out when I get home, and lay on my couch and watch a movie with her under the blanket so she's feels safe and cozy so we can bond. She's been pretty huffy, but I read that wasn't uncommon so I've been patient. Anyways, I came home, and she was nowhere to be found. I panicked and tore my house apart looking for her. I couldn't find her anywhere. I always open the cage from the top hatch so I know she coudlnt escape. And I came home and I beleive all the doors were closed. I know she's too big to squeeze between the wires of her cage, So my only guess, which is a far-fetched one is that she squeezed herself between the bars and the plastic bottom of her cage. That would be extremely tight for her and take a tremendous amount of energy from her. So I have no idea what the heck happened. Anyways, I spent the next 5 hours ransacking my house looking for her. It's now 3:30 AM and I just found her. There was a couple of rips on the underside fabric on the box spring of my bed. They've been there for years. Anyways she found that, and climbed inside the box spring matress, and went to the far end. I have no idea how many hours she had been in there, because I had been away from her for 15 hours. So once I located her by listening and pointing my phone and a flashlight inside the Box spring so I could see if she was in there, I cut a holein the box spring on her side, and shoved my arm up inside the box spring to grab her. She kept running away and latching on to anythjng in there. She was quilling me and grabbing springs and fabrics and trying her best to escape my loose grip. I was able to get her out and back in her cage. My biggest concern is I had a hard time getting her out, and Isa trying really hard to maintain my grip on her body without squeezing the life out of her. It seemed like t was a little rough, but I didn't know what to do. My question is how do I look for signs of medical damage done to knuckles by my firm grip. I really hope I didn't man handle her too hard. I'm worried sick about her and am feeling like a horrible owner. I love her so dearly, but I had no choice to be kind of rough on her, and that's after she some how escaped. I feel like a horrible owner. But can someone please tell me my little lady is going to be ok??? Please no rude comments or anything that's going to make me fee even worse about almost losing her. And any suggestions on cage security to try and prevent another escape?