Last Updated on September 20, 2013.

Keen Sense of Smell

  • 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.

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