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Old 12-09-2018, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, Iím a relatively new hedgehog owner, and I was concerned about my hedgie, Smidge, pooping inside his hide. I saw a previous post about this topic but it was a bit vague and I was hoping to get some clarity. So my hedgehog is still a baby, only coming up on 10 weeks, though Iíve had him for about 3. When I first brought him home, he pooped a few times inside his new hide on the fleece, which is understandable since he was nervous and just introduced to his new environment.

However, since then heís been good about not pooping inside his hide. But I noticed today, that he had pooped quite a bit inside his hide, more than just a few times. They seem to be normal, healthy poops, dry, no discoloration, no green, no blood. I then picked him up to try and see if he had maybe hurt himself, all seems normal and heís acting normally too. Anyways, I normally only take him out to bond during the evening but since I was concerned I kept him out after I got off work in the early afternoon, and again, he pooped in his snuggle sack and on me, which hasnít really happened since I first got him.

Just to clarify, Iíve been trying to think of anything that might have changed in his daily routine in the last few days, but I donít recall anything out of the ordinary. He did however, annoint himself with my fatherís sweater about two days ago? Iím not sure if that would lead to this.

Sorry for such a long post, I was just wondering if this is something serious, or as explained in a previous post, behavior typical to a baby hedgehog. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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Old 12-09-2018, 07:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is pretty normal for a baby. Just like human babies they sometimes regress a bit when it comes to pooping and peeing.
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Alright, thank you, I was really worried!
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