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Old 12-30-2015, 02:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Help me please! My baby hedgie has been with me for a little over a week now and he had been really good with me he would sleep with me and rest on my shoulder then one day his personality completely changed and he started hissing and jumping at everyone including me. He bites more often. The same time this happened he started getting diahrea. Now I've noticed it feels like he may be sweating. Idk if all of this is part of him quilling or getting adjusted to the new home. Maybe it's the food. I just want to make sure I'm not overreacting before I take him to the vet
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Old 12-30-2015, 04:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How old is he? What food is he on? Has there been any changes in his surroundings? Was his diet changed?
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He is 8 weeks old. I already had purchased a different cat food from what the breeder was giving him but I mixed them to get him acustomed to it and it seems weird that just now it would start affecting his stomach. His surroundings haven't changed since I first brought him home so it doesn't seem like it's him just adjusting.
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Old 12-30-2015, 06:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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A week is very little time for a hedgehog adjusting to a new home. It's not recommended to change the food at all for the first 1-2 weeks, and once you do start to change the food, the change should take at least 2-4 weeks before they're fully switched over. Hedgehogs have sensitive stomachs and don't do well with lots of changes at once or fast changes of food.

A couple of things:

- I would get the food the breeder was feeding & continue to mix the two together for now.

- I would also get some probiotics to add to his food. You can use small mammal Bene-Bac, which can be found at pet stores, online, or at the vet's, or you can use acidophilus, which can be found at human pharmacies near the vitamins. Probiotics contain good bacteria that live in the digestive system naturally & they can help when there are digestive issues going on due to sudden food changes, stress, or getting antibiotics.

- If his poop doesn't clear up in a day or two, I would take him in to the vet to be checked out, just in case.

- For his personality shift, it could be due to illness. But if he's a baby, he's also at the right age for quilling, which is very painful & makes a lot of hedgehogs very grumpy. Quilling happens at 6, 9, and 12 weeks, and it can vary on timing depending on hedgehog. They can also have all of their quillings run together so it seems like they're quilling for weeks on end. While he's quilling, avoid petting him or pressing on his quills - his skin is sensitive & sore from new quills coming in. Oatmeal baths can help with soothing the skin & makes a lot of hedgies feel better (but not all). Other than that, you can't do much other than wait it out & be patient & understanding.

- You mentioned it feels like he's sweating. What temperature is his cage? What kind of heating system do you have?
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