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Old 03-06-2012, 09:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been observing Nutmeg over the last week, she is behaving normally including eating and drinking. She is definitely quilling; as I can see her new quills coming through and is slightly more irritable some days. Her skin is also quite dry which I am hoping to pick-up some flax seed oil for.

However I noticed a few things.
1.She licks her nose quite a bit, it doesn't appear like anything is coming from it, but it is quite moist. She is not coughing or sneezing and she is on fleece liners.
2. She a sucking like noise well she sleeps. It sort of sounds like if you had a mouth full of peanut butter and then opened it
3. She seems to be sucking on her feet just before she wakes up, I saw her doing it while I had her in my lap in a hedgie bag.

Are these normal?
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I have been observing Nutmeg over the last week, she is behaving normally including eating and drinking. She is definitely quilling; as I can see her new quills coming through and is slightly more irritable some days. Her skin is also quite dry which I am hoping to pick-up some flax seed oil for.

However I noticed a few things.
1.She licks her nose quite a bit, it doesn't appear like anything is coming from it, but it is quite moist. She is not coughing or sneezing and she is on fleece liners.
2. She a sucking like noise well she sleeps. It sort of sounds like if you had a mouth full of peanut butter and then opened it
3. She seems to be sucking on her feet just before she wakes up, I saw her doing it while I had her in my lap in a hedgie bag.

Are these normal?
Had to quote to answer each question so I wasn't forgetting anything - sorry to take up so much space
1. Is she around new smells when she's licking her nose? Or anything new to her?
2. I can't 100% say is is or isn't normal, but my little girl does it when sleeping every once in a while. I think its a reaction to being away from "mom". When my Mom got her kitten, it would try to lactate a fuzzy blanket... soooo babies tend to do silly things when pulled from mom.
3. Is there anything on her feet? Have you given her a foot bath prior? Are her nails trimmed?

Just a few questions to get the bigger picture
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1. She is typically out of her cage and could be getting new smells.
2. That may be the reason as until I got her she lived with mom, as her litter was 3 males and her.
3. sometimes there is, I try to keep her feet clean or to wash them as needed, but they are never really that messy - maybe she is cleaning them?
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I think its normal for now then But if you notice anything else new like cuts or marks on her feet or mucous on her nose, then a visit for the vet might be in her best interest. How long have you had her?
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She has been with me will be a month on Saturday.
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