Have you recently adopted a hedgehog? If so, you’ll need to socialize the little guy. Hedgehogs are quite curious, but can also be very timid. A local Richboro, PA vet offers some tips on this below.

Curling

As you may know, hedgehogs curl themselves up into little balls when they are scared. )This is, of course, completely adorable.) If Hedgie is furled up, don’t try to force him to unroll. That will just frighten him more! Just hold him in your hand and talk to him gently.

Signs Of Anxiety

Curling up isn’t the only sign of nervousness to look for. Hedgie may also run away if he’s frightened. He may also twitch, or even try to bite you. If your pet seems scared, put him back in his home and just talk to him until he relaxes.

Treats

Treats are almost always a good way to win animals over. Some good options include boiled chicken, cooked eggs, mealworms, apple bits, bananas, and berries. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe foods.

Holding Hedgehogs

It’s also very important to hold your hedgehog the right way. Ideally, you should cup him securely in your hand, so that his weight is evenly distributed. Don’t hold him by the shoulders or stomach: this could frighten or even injure the little guy.

Noises

Don’t do anything that will scare your cute pet. Sudden movements and loud noises are definitely no-no’s! Also, keep in mind that Hedgie can’t see very well. Shadows can also frighten your prickly pal.

Cuddle Time

Another thing you can do is just let Hedgie hang out with you. If you have a hoodie with a front pocket, let him relax in there as you are working at your computer or watching a movie. This will help him become familiar with your scent and the sound of your voice.

T-Shirt

Speaking of scents, hedgehogs are very smell-oriented. Give your quilled buddy a T-shirt you’ve worn or slept in, and let him use it as bedding.

Routine

Hedgehogs are quite gentle. However, you’ll need to talk to and handle your tiny pet every day, to keep him friendly and docile. Try to do this at roughly the same time each day.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns about hedgehog care. As your Richboro, PA veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!