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Old 04-04-2009, 02:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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first, the date I got him is in my signature. and so the story begins. shredder used to be nice to me, he let me pick him up a few times without a towel or sshirt or anything. but now he won't let me do that, and he won't even let me pet him anymore,, he doesn't just get huffy like he used to, but now he tries to poke me. any tips...?
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Old 04-04-2009, 03:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Is he maybe quilling? When hedgies are quilling they have lots and lots of super-sharp spikes poking through their skin, which sounds pretty painful to me! I could definately see how that might make him not want to be handled and try to poke you to make you go away.

If this does seem to be the reason, I've heard you can give him an oatmeal bath to soothe his skin, and you can just let him lay on your lap without petting him until he's no longer hurting...
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Old 04-04-2009, 09:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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He is either quilling, getting ready to quill, or just finishing quilling. Plus, puberty is setting in. Keep handling him but don't force petting on him. Give him lots of treats and lots of attention even if he does just sit on you and huff. I've had numerous that at 4-5 months turned into grumps. It does pass but keep up the quiet gentle attention.
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http://wiki.hedgehogcentral.com/tiki-in ... e=Quilling will give you helpful information about what quilling is, and to help him be more comfy.
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http://wiki.hedgehogcentral.com/tiki-index.php?page=Quilling will give you helpful information about what quilling is, and to help him be more comfy.
Ewww. I absolutely HATE the way that is written, calling the hedgehog it rather than using he or she. The term "it" bothers me so just ignore my mini rant.
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http://wiki.hedgehogcentral.com/tiki-index.php?page=Quilling will give you helpful information about what quilling is, and to help him be more comfy.

I thought olive oil had been deemed bad since it clogs the pores. Thought that was the reason for using vitamin e or flax seed oil.
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Old 04-04-2009, 01:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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That was a direct copy and paste from another site, i will change it to flax or Vit E.

@ Nancy: I didn't want to use he/she for every single one, so i used "it" because few people will accept "they" as a unisex singular pronoun
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Old 04-04-2009, 01:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I totally understand the reason for using "it". When I was typing up my care sheets I didn't know what to use so randomly used either he or she. I'm sure though that someone will read she and figure it doesn't apply to their boy.

All oils will clog pores and will make bacterial or fungal infections worse. I have found Vit E to be the worst and flax seed to be the least as flax does wash off in the next bath.
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okay thank you nancy, i will update it with flax seed.
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thanks for the quick information, and there have been some quills left in the shirt i let him sit on and in his cage, so that's probably what it is, thanks again, i'll get some oatmeal or flax oil monday
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