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Old 10-16-2011, 10:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hedgehog losing quills?

I had my hedgehog up for awhile again tonight. It began to get out of its ball a little, I turned it over on its back to see what gender it is (TURNS OUT SHE'S A GIRL ) when she got off her back I noticed there was quills over the towel. The pet store told me that she's only a few months old so I'm not 100% sure on what age she is, I'm certain she's only enough to start quilling though. So, my question is would this be quilling or could it be from stress (I really hope not ) She isn't fully used to me and still huffs, hisses and puffs when I rub her. She pooped in the towel tonight and got it over her bum, do you think it would be okay if I try to bathe her even if she still does this? Will the water make her happier to me? Also, when she pooped on the towel it was supper runny and far from being solid. Is this normal?
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Old 10-17-2011, 10:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not sure about the poop. A lot of times stress or changes to food will cause some green poo that may be a little mushy but I haven't heard of it being runny so there may be another cause. Hopefully there will be some more opinions on that.

Sounds like your hedgie may be quilling. Stress can cause some quills to drop but with her age quilling is a good possibility as long as she isn't itching excessively (which could be a sign of mites). A bath could help soothe her skin. Since you don't know how she is with water yet you can always get some cups set up and soak some oatmeal in them. If you use regular oatmeal you can put it in a sock or if you leave it in there free just be careful when pouring it. Put something in the sink that will keep her from slipping, I use a small square fleece blanket for example. Then gently pour the cups over her back being very careful to keep it out of her eyes, ears and face.

Congrats on your new hedgie too, should have said that first lol
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