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alstewar 03-01-2012 11:04 PM

New Mommy to Nutmeg.... Lots of questions
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So I am a new Hedgie owner, Nutmeg is my first Hedgie and has not had the most smooth start. She was born on December 15th and I got her a couple of weeks ago. Being a first time owner, I have read alot and have many questions.

She is in a cage that is 47" x 24" with a Silent Spinner (which will be changed to a Carolina Storm wheel once it arrives), an igloo house and a couple of pieces of 4" PVC. I have also put her on fleece cage liners, so no messy substrate. I have included a picture.

Is it normal that she is not active at all during the day, it is obvious she walks around her cage and uses her wheel at night, but nothing at all during the day? I hide food all over her cage and she seems to eat all o it as well.

She also seems to be growing like a bad weed, she has grown considerably since I got her and she weighs about 340g. Based on the picture I have attached below does she look pudgy? She is on a mix of 4 cat foods and eats 20 grams a night. I also give her 1-2 mealies only 2-3 times a week.

I also have some cat balls and a long in her cage but she doesn't touch them. Is there any ideas for toys?

She also seems to have dry skin, but the vet has said it doesn't look like mites. She had blood taken and a fecal test and all seems good. She wasn't loosing quills at that time but she I loosing a few now, 6 on Monday and a couple each day since, it seems like she is getting new ones in, from what I can tell, could she be quilling?

Your help is greatly appreciated.

alstewar 03-01-2012 11:05 PM

Re: New Mommy to Nutmeg.... Lots of questions
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This is Nutmeg's cage.

Lilysmommy 03-01-2012 11:36 PM

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Nutmeg's got a great mommy! :-) Her cage looks great, with the exception of the Silent Spinner. Very glad you're already getting it replaced, the CSW is the absolute best wheel to replace it with.

Not active during the day is completely normal. Sometimes babies will get up during the day to eat more, and there's other cases where hedgies will get up in the day to be active for a little bit, but for the most part, they won't. They'll sleep all day and party all night. :lol:

She sounds like she's doing great for growing, and might turn out to be a bigger hog. Nothing wrong with that! She doesn't look pudgy or chubby at all to me, so I wouldn't worry much. What foods are in your mix? It does sound (to me) like she's eating a LOT, but she's also growing, and doesn't look overweight in the least, so I wouldn't stress about that either.

If you search through the Toys section, there's a LOT of ideas for basic toys, homemade toys, etc.

Yup, she may be starting her 12-week quilling, which would explain the quill loss. She could also have dry skin, if it looks really flaky and she's shedding a lot of skin flakes too. You can help with dry skin by putting flaxseed oil on her food, and also by including it in the rinse water after a bath. Oatmeal baths help with quilling as well - just get old-fashioned non-instant oatmeal, put a handful in a sock or nylon or something, and squish it in the water until it's cloudy. That'll help sooth and soften her skin and make her feel better.

Edit: I forgot to mention that that first picture is absolutely PRECIOUS and made me flail all over the place. <3

vasogoma 03-01-2012 11:38 PM

Re: New Mommy to Nutmeg.... Lots of questions
She is incredibly adorable :) Congrats on your baby and I hope people in here with more knowledge than mine can solve your questions :)

shetland 03-02-2012 09:27 AM

Re: New Mommy to Nutmeg.... Lots of questions
Oh my! What a little angel! Look at those little pink legs and feet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Quinn 03-02-2012 10:43 AM

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What a cutie! :D

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