Hi! Sorry about the lack of writing. Lots of exciting new things going on in my life. For example, as of Friday….boyfriend and I have a pet hedgehog! Awesome!

 

What a cute little fella!

Taken back in October by his previous owner!

Isn’t he an adorable little guy? But there was one concern we had. The little guy was terrified of us! He had a little blankie we have him to hide from the evil light overlords while he slept all day (hedgehogs are nocturnal), and he would venture out occasionally, but if anyone made a noise or got too close or he noticed we were looking at him, he’d run away! And if you uncovered him, he’d curl up into a spiky ball and huff at you until you left him alone.

This made us sad. Very sad. We had a hedgehog, but he seemed to actively hate us! We then went to the internet, holder of all secrets. It told us that hedgehogs are naturally afraid of everything and to not take it personally, essentially, with a few tips on how to make the hedgehog love you. That didn’t work so well for boyfriend. He wanted hedgie love NOW, and he was going to get it.

He remembered that they had been talking about exposure therapy and flooding in his abnormal psychology class, and wanted to try it himself with the hedgehog, to see if it would work. So, boyfriend convinced me that we should take out his hiding blanket, and see if he would calm down and walk around. And he did. After he calmed down from spiky ball, he walked around, sniffing everything, seeing if he could find his blankie. Nope, no blankie. He then played with his woven tube and a super big toilet paper tube that I managed to get from campus (they have big toilet paper rolls, and I like to get them for my mice sometimes if I notice an empty one, because they make cuddle piles in it and they’re so cute.). Ate a little. I put my hand in there and he came up to me and touched my hand with his nose. So cute.

He even willingly came out of his cage onto the bed with us (we had put his cage on the bed for this reason). I helped him out a little (his tube was a bit too steep of an incline for him) , and then he was climbing all over the bed. He was even sitting on my lap looking up at me for a moment or two. I was so happy. He got annoyed after I wouldn’t let him off the towel (when he pees, apparently he pees a LOT. So, did not want pee or poo on the bed!) so we let him back in the tank and gave him back his blankie. But even after we gave him back the blankie, he still kept coming out and hanging out in his cage without hiding.

I really wish I had a hedgie safe apartment, because they can run free if given the proper environment. And you can even litter train them, which I’m planning on starting later today. And I’m going to make him some fleece liners, so it stays nice and warm in there, so that the bedding won’t go all over the apartment like like it does with the mice, and it’ll look nicer AND be more environmentally friendly AND save me money, so that I’ll only need to buy him food, not bedding. There’s a blue and white sky looking color, and a purple one with multicolored elephants all over it. They’re wicked easy to use….put ’em in the tank at the bottom, afterwords, shake ’em out and throw ’em in the washing machine! Really convenient, especially if I manage to litter train him. 🙂

As for the name…it hasn’t been decided yet. He came to me with the name Taji. I had seen a typo or something somewhere and thought his name was Haji. Boyfriend keeps calling him Hejifer. And I want to name him Moridin or Rand (Wheel of Time FTW!). Which one he gets referred to as changes based on our mood at the time. He won’t learn his own name, from what I can tell, so it doesn’t seem pressing. Right now I’m still in shock that I really have a hedgehog that lives with me, it’s so cute!

But, I will bid thee all adieu. I’m trying out something new that will make it so that I will have more frequent blog posts, so expect more posts this week!

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