Cleanliness

May 27, 2013 by

Naturally Clean Some hedgehogs are naturally clean and tidy. They use their litter pans faithfully and leave their cages pretty much as their owners arrange them. Other hedgehogs are slobs! They will try to defy every attempt...

Gender Differences

May 27, 2013 by

Physical Gender Differences A male hedgehog is called a boar. His penis retracts within a penile sheath located in the middle of his abdomen. The external portion of the sheath most closely resembles a belly button. His testicles are...

Explore Mode

May 27, 2013 by

In the wild, hedgehogs are always exploring their surroundings for food and shelter. Pet hedgehogs are shy and tend to take some time to uncurl and explore their surroundings. Sudden movements and noises tend to startle them and make...

Are Hedgehogs Solitary or Social?

May 27, 2013 by

In the Wild Hedgehogs are normally solitary in the wild, socializing for breeding purposes. Males do not help raise the babies, and babies leave the mother shortly after the weaning process. Hedgehogs search and scavenge for their...

Personality & Intelligence

May 27, 2013 by

Naturally Shy and Nervous Hedgehogs are probably the biggest scaredy cats of all animals that breeders have worked with in critter careers. They are easily scared anytime they see, hear, smell, or sense something through their sense...

Cuddly Cactuses

May 27, 2013 by

Introduction Hedgehogs are often described as “cute and cuddly” and “cactus mammals”. They are certainly not soft and fluffy like a puppy, kitty, or your favorite teddy bear. Many wonder: Can they snuggle into the crook of your arm...

Uncurling

May 25, 2013 by

The Key to Uncurling The key to getting your hedgehog to uncurl is getting it to relax. When hedgehogs are scared or nervous their primary form of defense, or protection, is to ball up and “hide”. Most hedgehogs won’t uncurl until...

My Hedgehog Hates Me!

May 25, 2013 by

Perceived Signs Your Hedgehog Hates You Snuffles and raises its quills when picked up Is grumpy Runs and hides when lights turn on Runs away when owner tries to hold it Hates to be touched Is startled at every little sound or...

Behavior Changes & Adjusting to...

May 25, 2013 by

Behavior Changes It is common for a hedgehog to exhibit changes in its behavior between the time it is purchased and the time the hedgehog is settled into its new home. These changes can occur for many reasons. By understanding these...

Self-Anointing

May 24, 2013 by

Introduction Self-anointing is probably the strangest and most unexplainable of all hedgehog behaviors. It is completely normal and causes no harm to your hedgehog. Some references refer to self-anointing as “anting”. This term...

Non-human Biting

May 21, 2013 by

Hedgehogs Biting Each Other If you have more than one hedgehog and when they are together you notice them biting each other’s quills, this may be a pre-cursor to anointing or a fight. Often, hedgehogs will chew on each other’s quills...

Chewing

May 21, 2013 by

The Need To Chew Hedgehogs are not rodents, so their teeth do not continue to grow throughout their life. They do not need to wear down their teeth by chewing or gnawing. Hedgehogs are not destructive and do not destroy their...

Handling After A Bite

May 21, 2013 by

Overview Don’t be discouraged and don’t attempt to punish your hedgehog. The most important thing to do is to NOT give up or to quit handling your hedgehog. This is often easier said than done, but there are some things you can do to...

What To Do If Biting Occurs

May 21, 2013 by

What to Do If You are Bitten Don’t Panic. Most are just tiny little “nips” that feel like pinches, and there is not much to be done other than to try to figure out why you were bitten and how to prevent it in the future. Review our...

Ways To Help Prevent & Discoura...

May 21, 2013 by

There are several ways to prevent biting. This knowledge will help prevent any chances of your hedgehog biting. Hand Washing Always wash your hands and rinse them well before handling your hedgehog. Some soap may smell nice to your...

Reasons Why Hedgehogs May Bite

May 21, 2013 by

Scent & Taste Hedgehogs are very scent oriented and use their sense of smell to search out food. Sometimes you might smell good enough to eat!  If you smell good, and taste good through licking… watch out! Sometimes hedgehogs...

Training Potential

May 15, 2013 by

Misconceptions Hedgehogs are obviously not like dogs or cats. However, many people purchase hedgehogs expecting them to behave like dogs or cats. Do not expect your hedgehog to come when called, learn tricks (at least not ones that...

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