Vocalization & Noise

Jun 7, 2013 by

Vocalizations Hedgehogs have a wide range of sounds that they use to communicate.  You must listen carefully and observe the hedgehog’s behavior to clearly understand what your pet is trying to communicate. Different people can describe each noise that a hedgehog makes in different terms. Some sounds require little or no attention on your part.   For example, the squeaking or chirping of new babies lets you know babies have arrived and as long as momma isn’t stressed there is nothing you need to do.  Other sounds such as clicking or popping should be a clear sign to you that your hedgehog is in defense mode, and you need to change how you are handling your pet. Chirping This sound is also referred to as “squeaking”. This sound is often the first indication of new babies. Leave your mother hedgehog alone if she is in her nesting box. If you hear this sound and your hedgehog does not have a nesting box, you’ll want to give the new mother a box right away. Be sure to disturb her as little as possible when she has newborn young. This sound can also be an indication of male hedgehogs breeding and trying to court a female hedgehog. Clicking (Kissing Sound) This soft clicking sounds similar to kissing. Some hedgehogs do this when they are happy and content! Clicking (Popping) This sound is an aggressive/defensive sound that is...

Environmental Stress & Not Eating...

May 24, 2013 by

New Environment It is very common for hedgehogs to eat or drink very little the first day or two in its new home. Maintaining the same diet your hedgehog was fed at the breeders will certainly help your new pet adjust more quickly. See our article Diet and Transition. Temperature Temperatures that are too hot or too cold are a stress to your hedgehog. While hedgehogs in the wild are used to experiencing temperature fluctuations, pet hedgehogs in captivity do not tolerate temperature changes as well. A hedgehog that is too hot will lay flat on it’s tummy with all four legs stretched out in sort of a “splat” and will probably be taking quick, short breaths. Moving it to a room with recommended temperatures should slowly cool the hedgehog. A hedgehog that is too cold will attempt to go into hibernation, which is not natural to African Pygmy hedgehogs, and it might die if not found in time and warmed up. It will be in a ball and refuse to unroll or if it does unroll it will move slowly and wobble or even fall. When you feel their tummy it will be cold and clammy. A chilled hedgehog should be warmed up slowly and not overheated. It should then be taken to an experienced veterinarian for check up. See our Temperature Requirements article and Keeping Your Hedgehog Warm article for more information...

Bonding With Your Hedgehog

May 24, 2013 by

Introduction Bonding with your hedgehog helps to create an attachment between you and your pet. The more the attachment develops between you and your hedgehog, the more you will grow to love and enjoy your pet. Some hedgehogs will bond to their owners for life (HHC). Bonding does require effort, persistence, and an understanding of hedgehogs. The well-bonded hedgehog completely trusts its owner, its spines will stay flat and it is likely to tolerate being petted, scratched, and will be easy to handle Many hedgehogs don’t like to be petted by just anyone until they are completely comfortable with their environment.  This is especially important when a hedgehog goes to a new home. Hedgehogs have poor eyesight, so using its other senses will increase bonding effectiveness. Time Commitment As stated above, bonding does take effort and persistence, and may require a great deal of time.  Some hedgehogs will bond rather quickly, but other hedgehogs may take up to a YEAR to fully bond. Over time your hedgehog will become accustomed to your smell, feel, and will appreciate the warmth of your body. One of the best ways to bond with your hedgehog is to simply let it sit on your lap and get to know you while you watch a movie, talk on the phone, or work on a computer. Once your hedgehog uncurls it is likely to explore your lap, use you as...