How to Encourage a Hedgehog to Relea...

Oct 11, 2013 by

Keep in mind that hedgehogs are natural hunters.  Their instinct is to hold on until what they have bitten is still.  Do not attempt to shake off your hedgehog (or other small critters). Regardless of your behavior modification...

Introduction to Biting Articles

Jun 24, 2013 by

Introduction Most hedgehogs do not bite. But, any animal with teeth has the potential to bite, so hedgehog owners must understand the possibility of getting bitten is always present. Hedgehogs aren’t like dogs, whose bites are...

Quilling

Jun 5, 2013 by

The Process of Quilling There are times when a hedgehog will shed large numbers of quills and replace shed ones with new ones.  This process is called quilling.  The quilling process is different than the replacement of spines that...

Signs of Affection or Lack Thereof

May 27, 2013 by

Some hedgehogs do not display outward signs of affection, while others can be quite affectionate toward their owners. Hedgehogs do not typically come when called or actively seek out human interaction. They are NOT like cats and...

Huffing, Puffing, and Popping

May 27, 2013 by

Understanding Huffing, Puffing, and Popping When you first pick up your hedgehog, it may have its spines erect, and it may make some defensive noises. Huffing and puffing is a way for a hedgehog to say, “I’m big and bad.” It is a...

Defensiveness and Aggression

May 27, 2013 by

Aggression Hedgehogs are not naturally offensive or aggressive to either perceived or real dangers. Instead, they are instinctively defensive, because their primary concern in life is survival! Hedgehogs are shy and can easily feel...

Balling Up

May 27, 2013 by

First Line of Defense When a hedgehog senses danger, or is uncertain about something in its environment, its first line of defense is to ball up.  The orbicularis muscle, which runs around the edge of its body, makes this classic...

Grouchy Hedgehogs

May 27, 2013 by

Are hedgehogs truly grouchy, or are they simply misunderstood? Understanding Hedgehog Behavior “I’d rather be alone.” One of the biggest misconceptions about the hedgehog is that this naturally shy animal is “grumpy” or “grouchy.”...

Burrowing

May 27, 2013 by

Natural Instinct Hedgehogs sleep during the day in any dark places that they can find. In the wild, they may hide from other animals in vacated burrows, under rocks, or in thick vegetation.  They typically dig their own shallow...

Activity Levels of Pet Hedgehogs

May 27, 2013 by

Nocturnal, Crepuscular, and Diurnal Defined Animal activity is defined as nocturnal (nighttime), crepuscular (twilight—early morning and late evening), or diurnal (daytime). Hedgehogs are typically described as nocturnal or...

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...

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...

When & How Much to Handle Your ...

May 25, 2013 by

Handling Frequency Pet hedgies do best if handled every day, even if it is for just a short amount of time. We recommend handling your hedgehog for at least half an hour a day.  The easiest way to accomplish this task is 15 minutes...

Waking Up Your Hedgehog

May 25, 2013 by

Time of Day Hedgehogs are, by nature, nocturnal, but that does not necessarily mean that they should not be awakened for bonding or playtime during the day. Some hedgehog owners have found that their hedgehogs have a particular time...

Picking Up Your Hedgehog

May 25, 2013 by

Hand Washing It is always a good idea to practice proper hand washing techniques before and after handling your hedgehog. Proper hand washing can help to protect your hedgehog from potentially dangerous bacteria or other substances...

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...

Using Gloves When Handling Your Hedg...

May 24, 2013 by

Necessity Quite a few hedgehog books and owners recommend the use of rubber or leather gloves when handling hedgehogs, but gloves are NOT a necessary part of hedgie handling. The rationale behind using gloves is so that you will be...

Petting Your Hedgehog

May 24, 2013 by

Petting Basics Even though hedgehogs are “pets” they may not automatically enjoy being petted.  You must first earn your hedgehog’s trust so that it can relax and enjoy your touch, rather than fear your touch as potential harm. It is...

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