Nose & Smelling
- Hedgehogs have a keen sense of smell that is very useful to them in search of food and detecting danger.
- Their nose is warm and moist and a curious hedgehog will have their snout in the air sniffing, in order to gather information from it’s environment.
- At the slightest threat of danger (usually detected by noise or movement) they will duck their head for protection.
Smell Related to Bonding
- Placing a T-Shirt that you’ve slept in, over your hedgehog’s cage, is one of the simplest ways for you to bond.
- The hedgehog will associate your smell as part of it’s environment.
- Another way to incorporate your smell with your hedgehog, is to sleep with your hedgehog’s sleeping bag.
- Again, the hedgehog will associate your smell with a comfortable place.
- Some people take fleece and cut it into two-inch squares and tuck those fabric squares into their clothing.
- Many hedgehogs have been known to carry around these little squares like security blankets.
- Holding your hedgehog and allowing it to snuggle into your arm or fall asleep on you is an excellent form of bonding.
- Your hedgehog will appreciate your warm body and the comfortable place to snuggle.
- Your goal is for your hedgehog to associate your scent with comfort or something that is pleasant.
- For instance when our kids come into the house and smell chocolate chip cookies they immediately think they’re going to have a tasty snack. They associate that smell with something good. Similarly with hedgehogs, they will associate your smell with something safe.