If your hedgehog feels threatened by you, s/he will certainly display aggressive behavior. This is usually represented by hisses and clicks. Sometimes, your hedgehog may even bite you.
Picking Up An Aggressive Hedgehog
You can’t expect for your hedgehog to tame itself. In order to bond with your hedgehog, you’re going to need to pick it up.
Many hedgehog owners, especially new hedgehog owners, are scared of picking up their hissing, jumping hedgehog. However, there’s no need to be afraid if you’re picking them up right.
There are two ways to pick up your hedgehog:
- You can pick them up by placing a towel on their back to avoid being poked with their quills.
- You can also pick them up by scooping them up with some bedding under them. If you do this, place them on a flat surface inside their cage, let them calm down a bit, and then pick them up with out the bedding. Get your hands under their belly where there are no quills.
After picking the hedgehog up, you can place the hedgehog wherever you wish as long as that place is not dangerous. It could be your bed, your lap or your coffee table (just be careful they don’t fall off). You could have a T.V on in the background to get your hedgehog used to noises.
If you decide to keep your hedgehog in your lap or hands, hold them with a small towel to prevent yourself from being hurt by their quills.
Bonding With Your Hedgehog
You need to handle your hedgehog for at least an hour every day. You also need to have to be patient; your hedgehog is not going to go from being aggressive to being friendly overnight.
Just letting your hedgehog fall asleep in your lap is bonding. Let your hedgehog roam around while you’re nearby. Having him/her on your desk as you do your homework is also bonding (again make sure it doesn’t fall down). If your hedgehog is calm enough, play around with it.
Getting Your Hedgehog Used To You
The best way to get your hedgehog used to you is wearing a shirt to bed for a few days, then rolling it up and keeping it in their cage, preferably near where they sleep. This will help get your hedgehog used to your scent. Another thing you can do is have him/her around when you’re watching T.V. This will help them get used to noise since lots of hedgehogs are disturbed by loud noises (Don’t leave the volume too high, though)
Again, just being around your hedgehog can make a big difference. Try to spend the most time possible with your hedgehog, and don’t forget to be patient. These are the number one tips for a less aggressive hedgehog.
Have you had an aggressive hedgehog before? What did you do to make him less aggressive? Tell us in the comments!