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PostSubject: The First Few Days   Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:52 pm

Day 1

Your new, cute little hedgehog isn't always going to want to be held ‐ especially right at first. This can be an extreme disappointment to anyone hoping they can take their hedgehog home the first day and cuddle. All hedgehogs are unique and some are just not bothered by dramatic transitions like moving to a new home with new smells whereas others can take a while to aclimate. Give your new pet a couple days to get used to his or her new space before you try to handle him or her. You do not have to leave your hedgehog completely alone though. You can sit outside the cage and talk softly to him or her, and if your hedgehog is not too shy try offering treats (so you become associated with bringing good things like food!) Remember ‐ gaining the trust of a new pet takes patience, so don't become discourgaed if it takes you two a little time to become comfortable with each other.

Smells

Hedgehogs gain most of what they know about the world through smell as their vision is not the best. If your hedgehog finds your scent familiar he or she is going to be much more comfortable around you. What you want to do is help your hedgehog associate your smell with safety ‐ so make sure his or her cage or hiding area smells like you. This can be accomplished by wearing an old t shirt (or sleeping with an old towel) and placing it in the cage.

Food

You will want to place food and water in the new cage as soon as you bring your hedgehog home. Since your hedgehog is not comfortable with the new surroundings, do not expect your hedgehog to start eating right away. On the other hand if your hedgehog has not touched any food by day 2, that would be cause for concern and warrant a trip to the veterinarian.

How to Hold a Hedgehog

Before you pick up a hedgehog its a good idea to know that almost every one will poop or pee on you while being held, especially if they are not very old. There isn't much you can do to prevent or avoid this. Instead just keep clean up materials like paper towels near by and make sure you are wearing older clothing. Also, if you do not clean up the mess know that your hedgehog is very likely to walk right back into it and track it everywhere.

First of all, even though your hedgehog is covered in quills, it is not really a good idea to use gloves when handling your hedgehog. The quills are actually not very dangerous to you as they are not super sharp, barbed, nor do they come out. Using gloves is not going to help your hedgehog become familiar with your scent and this is what you really want. On the other hand, if you are worried you may drop your hedgehog if you prick yourself, consider using gloves or a towel. So, how do you handle a hedgehog? With your hedgehog facing away from you place both hands palm up on either side of your hedgehog and then scoop him or her up. Then change your grip slightly so you can have one hand underneath and the other gently on top. At first because your hedgehog is nervous you will see the quills stick up when you start to approach, but over time this will become less common as your pet becomes comfortable.

What do you do if your hedgehog rolls into a ball while in your hands? In most cases all you need to do is wait a little bit for him to unroll. If this doesn't work, try rocking your hedgehog gently back and forth. Lastly if that doesn't work, try stroking the neck of your hedgehog. Just remember, the reason your hedgehog has rolled into a ball is because he's frightened, not because he doesn't like you.

Lastly ‐ don't forget your hedgehog is a nocturnal creature and as such may not enjoy being handled during the day.

Grooming check

Depending on what kind of condition your new hedgehog is in, a bath may be necessary to remove dirt, debris, and external parasites.

Grooming. The only additional step you may wish to follow is placing your hedgehog in a temporary cage area after bathing as you still need to check for external parasites you may have missed, otherwise you run the risk of contaminating the cage area. In order to check for parasites you will need to look at your hedgehogs belly. The best way to do this is actually to hold the hedgehog up and have someone look from below with a flashlight as he or she will not tolerate being rolled on their back. What are you looking for? Ticks (do not forget that female hedgehogs will have small dark nipples) at the base of the quills and maggots in open wounds. Most of these problems are associated with hedgehogs that are imported directly from the wild and should not be encountered otherwise.

Gaining Trust

In addition to the techniques described above, don't forget to reward good behavior each and every time. Did your hedgehog just uncurl from ball? Offer a treat. Also, I highly recommend that you spend time every day just being with your hedgehog. Place a towel on your laptop and the two of you can sit and watch tv together. Its important to remember that you will have to make the time to socialize your hedgehog as these animals are not as used to humans as other pets.

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PostSubject: Re: The First Few Days   Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:50 pm

Very good posts for Newbies ... :O) x

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PostSubject: Re: The First Few Days   Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:25 pm

That's a really helpful post thank you... Now I just need a hedgie to put it into practise!! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: The First Few Days   Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:26 pm

Im working on it HH ... lol

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PostSubject: Re: The First Few Days   Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:29 pm

Haha! Lol I know, and i appreciate it, its a very exciting time!
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PostSubject: Re: The First Few Days   Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:32 pm

:O) ....

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PostSubject: Re: The First Few Days   Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:55 pm

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