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Old 01-09-2013, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone,

Just before Xmas we rescue 1 yrs old African hedgehog. He is in poor condition. I already done lots of researching about them and learn lots. The old owner give it to me in very rusty and dirty cage. He had very cheap wilco dry food and no wheel. My husband build him from plastic boxes 2 levels house. In the first level he got like his bedroom where he got soft towel to sleep in. From top he got tube all the way down, where we put his food bowl, water bottle, wheel, kittens playing balls and car. On the floor he got like carpet.

1. His skin is really dry and flake it ( I start putting olive oil on it, but still look really dry)
2. He not eating much ( I got from shop kittens dry and wet food, but not seen eating much from it)
3. He seen not drinking much ( He can drink from the bottle, but drink very little. Is that normal?)
4. He keep hiding in the tube and go out only is if dark and really quit in the room.


Please could u give me some advices how to help this boy? I love looking after him and I want make sure he got everything he need it. Today I ordered vivarium for him so he got more space for playing.

When I manage get him out of his tube, he will let me handle him, without spiking me.

thank you very much for any advice
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For the dry skin you can use oatmeal water to rinse his skin with. Put some oatmeal in a old nylon or sock and soak it in warm water, once the water is milky looking, you use that for a rinse.

If he isn't eating much, I really recommend a vet visit to have his teeth and mouth checked. In the mean time, try crunching his food into smaller pieces or even soaking it in a bit of water.

Some hedgies don't care much for a water bottle, try give him a small bowl of water instead.

This in normal behavior. Hedgies are nocturnal, they don't like to be active during the day.
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for advice.

I will pop tomorrow to shop and get some oatmeals and give ago. I hope its will help him. He used to have water bowl, but everytime we filled it, he went to it and turned ~ I did not like he had wet place and no water that why I put him on the bottle.

I already contact our vet and was advice research for vets which specialised for the hedgehogs. Will do Google search and hoping find some near to us so he could look at him asap.

How much space there need it? I ordered 4ft vivarium. I hope is big enough for him. When I manage get him out of the tube I let him have run in the house
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Find a water bowl that is wide and shallow, that way it won't tip over. A four ft cage is plenty big enough but make sure you have a good exercise wheel. A bucket wheel is best, there are multiple people on the board who sell them or you can make one yourself. You can google instruction, they are simple to build.

What brand of food are you feeding?
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I would be careful about using a glass vivarium. Hedgehogs need to be well ventilated and a glass vivarium isn't going to provide that well. It also tends to trap moisture, making it too humid for them. Some hedgehogs will rub themselves raw on the glass itself as well. They also tend to be expensive and hard to move around. A lot of people keep their hedgehogs in large plastic tubs. Others make cages out of cage squares and coroplast called C & C cages.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you will want to make sure to regulat your hedgehogs temperature by keeping it above 72 in his cage.
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He got wheel and I think he using it at night as is getting dirty every day. He is very messy one.

I ordered the wooden vivarium, its got only glass door. He is at the moment in plastic boxes but he just do not have place to play. Its seen me to small.

Food we tried -
Iams (turkey and rice for kittens)
Wellbelove (turkey)

lots of different flavours of wet food whiskey, felix

I find out he like salmon from tin and I got him today Gourment (wet food)Chicken and liver and he like that one also was advice from pet shop get him some life worms.

He seen be really moody as one day he will let me touch him tummy and hold him without any fass and next day he spiking me lots.
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Be careful about wood. It can harbor mites, which will make their skin dry. Mites are little bugs that crawl around on your hedgehog. Could you post a picture of his current set up? Do you have a heating set up for him? If not, you need to get one. Get a CHE from PetsMart or somewhere. His temp needs to be 72 or above. Also, a towel and a carpet are not good for him to have in his cage. His feet can be caught in the loops and hurt his feet. Buy some fleece and use that to line his cage and hold him. Fleece doesn't harbor mites, and you can just cut it and lay it down because it has no strings. You can also make snuggle bags for him, or buy some from people on the forum, such as Nikki, one of the administrators. It's great that you got a rescue hedgie, and that you are asking about how to take care of him. Good luck!
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