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Why Isn’t My Pet Hedgehog More Friendly? Tips on Working with a Shy Hedgehog

Why Isn't My Pet Hedgehog More Friendly - Tips on Working with a Shy Hedgehog

“My hedgehog will not come out of his house, and when I try to pick it up, it stays curled up in a tight prickly ball. Why isn’t my hedgehog more friendly like other hedgies I see on the internet?”

We hear this story often from people who have recently purchased a hedgehog. While we work constantly to ensure our hedgehogs are properly handled and used to being around people, sometimes a hedgehog will need some extra attention and care to get used to its new environment.

Here are some of our recommended tips on how to help your hedgehog become more happy and friendly, and less grumpy and shy.

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Why Hedgehogs Self-Anoint: Foaming at the Mouth and Licking

Why Hedgehogs Self-Anoint Foaming at the Mouth and Licking

If you have a pet hedgehog then you may have encountered this scenario before. Your hedgehog is going about its business walking around and exploring the area, when suddenly it stops. It then contorts its body into an awkward position, foams at the mouth, and then proceeds to lick and spread the foam onto the back of its body.

No your hedgehog does not have rabies and it is definitely not having a seizure! What you are seeing is the hedgehog behavior process known as self-anointing. Continue reading Why Hedgehogs Self-Anoint: Foaming at the Mouth and Licking

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Why Does My Pet Hedgehog Lick My Hands?

Why Does My Pet Hedgehog Lick My Hands

We recently received this question from a new hedgehog owner:

“My little new 1 and 1/2 year old hedgie licks on my hands every time we are socializing with him. IsĀ it the salt on my skin? Does he need a salt and mineral block?

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