Selection Of Your New Hedgehog

Jul 6, 2013 by

It is best to select a hedgehog that is between 6-12 weeks old. Young hedgehogs usually adapt to a new environment more easily than older animals. However, there are times when younger babies have a difficult time quilling and are more comfortable and social after the largest part of the quilling process is over. Hedgehogs over six months may still make good pets with extra precautions. All hedgehogs should be easy to handle at the time of purchase. Each hedgehog will have it’s own personality, and it is best to choose the hedgehog that is similar to what you are looking for in at pet. However, the personality you see at the time of purchase will change and develop over time, depending on how you handle your new pet. Most hedgehogs will be a little nervous when they are first handled by a strange person or when they first wake up, but they should calm down and relax within a minute or two. The hedgehog should come out of a ball fairly quickly. Huffing is OK because that is part of hedgehog nature and communication. The hedgehog should not click, jump or pop, because that means it is trying to defend itself and it is trying to threaten you. You should be able to physically examine your hedgehog to ensure good...

Huffing, Puffing & 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 sign that your hedgehog is threatened and scared, nervous, or possibly unhappy. When a hedgehog huffs and puffs, it is trying to intimidate whatever is making it feel defensive. Big Scaredy Cats Hedgehogs are usually shy when introduced to something new. They are often born like scared cats and need to learn that they are safe. So, it is quite natural for the hedgehog to be scared or nervous; the huffing and puffing noises are an attempt to scare you away. Hedgehogs still have many of their wild instincts – including a fear of potential predators (and this includes humans!) due to the fact that they have a limited defense system and poor eyesight. Until your hedgehog knows who you are and that you have good intentions, it is simply trying to communicate its uncertainty with you. When you take your hedgehog from its home and move it to a new environment, it has to relearn that it is safe in the new surroundings. Bed Heads Keep in mind that your hedgehog may have woken up and therefore be uncertain of its surroundings. Daytime for us is actually the middle of...

Personality Of Hedgehogs When Making Your Purchase...

May 22, 2013 by

Overview Each hedgehog will have its own personality. That personality can be shaped and molded through proper handling. The personality you see at the time of purchase may change and develop over time depending on how you handle your new pet. Most hedgehogs will be a little nervous when a strange person handles them or when they first wake up. The hedgehog should come out of a ball fairly quickly so that you can see its feet and nose. It may cover its forehead when it is nervous. You should be able to be visually inspect your hedgehog to ensure good health. Some hedgehogs will completely lay down their spines, while other hedgehogs may keep their quills somewhat erect due to nervousness. Huffing is okay because that is part of hedgehog nature and communication. The hedgehog should not click, jump, or pop. This behavior means that the hedgehog is trying to defend itself by threatening you. Keep in mind that most babies go home right around the time of their first quilling. This will make the hedgehog more agitated and uncomfortable than when it is not quilling. Selection Considerations  Choosing the right hedgehog for your pet can be hard. Every hedgehog has its own personality. There are several key things to keep in mind when you first meet your prospective hedgehog. Are they quilling? This may make even the sweetest hedgehog grumpy. It is...