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Old 03-01-2019, 11:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys so when I got my stormi the breeder had her on aspen and I hated it it’s so dusty and it gets everywhere !! After 3 days I changed her bedding to paper bedding low dust etc i knew I wanted fleece but I didn’t have enough so I thought she’ll be fine and I’ll switch again to fleece but she changed so much! She wouldn’t come out at all she didnt eat she was just in her iglo. I contacted the breeder and he said it was because I changed her bedding to change it back to aspen. I did it and as soon as I put in bedding she came out to eat and was on her wheel. But I hate it is there any way to change her to fleece without stressing her?
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Old 03-01-2019, 12:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorrt did you change it to the paper bedding ?? How did she react to that ??

You could try changing it slowly put the fleece under the the aspen, and then keep adding a bit less aspen each time you change the bedding, and see how she reacts.

Is she used to your smell ?? Try sleeping with the fleece for a week or so before and then add it and see how she reacts then,
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Hm, I’ve never heard of a hedgie stressing over substrate change, but, just goes to show that each lil guy is different! Like Ria said, you could add it in slowly. It also could have been the paper; she just might not have liked it. You could try switching to fleece and watch carefully for any signs of stress! I will say that fleece is far easier to clean and way less messy; a great option!
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Its not a hugely common thing, but it does happen, especially if its the only enviroment they know, and are still new to the house.

Some hedgehogs dont like some beddings eithier, some hate fleece liner beddings, and others love it.

Something I forgot to mention the first time -
Is take in other factors, did you change anything else at the time, that can have effects, too much change in one go can stress them a bit.
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