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Old 04-01-2015, 02:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have had my Harvey for 4 months now. He is not quilling, eats good and poops good. A couple things have changed recently. About 3 weeks ago he finally started eating live mealworms as treats, as he wouldn't take any other treats. We also had to move the location of his cage due to warmer weather we had to move his closer to the AC but he never goes below 22 C. I added some new things to his cage like a fleece box a container filled with fleece ties. I also added a fleece tube, and a new snuggle sack. However he seems to be super grumpy!!! We do not bath Harvey as he bites us very hard if we do. He had dry skin at his vet appointment and our vet said not to bath him but to use some oil. So about 3-4 days ago I put some vitamin E oil on his skin and quills. Now I'm thinking that could be why he is grumpy cause the oil is very sticky. However this is also when we moved his cage! I have no idea what to do he us constantly huffing and going into a ball, this is something he never does. Even my vet said he seems very social and happy. I guess I'm wondering what to do he hasn't been very active, he's really grumpy, nipping at us, going into his ball and constantly trying to hide. His nightly routine has remained the same and we still handle him lots even with the grumpiness and nipping. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions he is about 4-5 months now if that explains anything. I did notice a few time that he has boy time, does that contribute to aggression?
Any help is appreciated I need help!!! Thank you
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If he just started being cranky when you moved his cage he may be cold. I know you said it never goes below 22 degrees but he may not be used to being even that cold. I generally keep Thorin's cage around 24-25 as that is what keeps him happiest.

Maybe move him to a place that's a bit warmer and see if that helps? H

e also might not like all of the changes to his cage, they are finicky little buggers! So if being warmer doesn't help, try only putting one new thing in at a time and see how he fares with those?

Good luck!
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Do u have a heating setup for your hedgie?
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