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Old 02-07-2013, 11:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy i got a hedgehog and it came with alot of quections :)

so i just got a my hedgehog on Sunday. so it has been almost a week. she is the cutest little thing but there is just so much information out there it s hard to know what right and whats wrong. and i have so many questions. and i hope someone can help.

is it normal for it to sleep all the time day and night? it seams to only get up to eat and drink then go back in the house.
is it normal for them to bite?
she has hardened poop on her tail that i have to keep washing off is that normal?
is it okay that i am finding little quails in the tank?
there is a big storm coming tomorrow what should i do if the power goes out? i dont know if i will be able to keep the heat up


i hope someone can answer some of my question
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: i got a hedgehog and it came with alot of quections :)

Welcome to the forum! I deleted your other thread since it was the same thing as this one - you only need to post the same thing once, in one forum.

Babies sleep a lot, and almost all hedgehogs will sleep for most/all of the day. Most will catnap throughout the night as well, and babies sleep for most of both day and night.

Some bite more than others, if they're "mouthier". Make sure you wash your hands before handling them, with scentless soap, and don't offer treats from your fingers. That should help prevent biting that comes from you smelling tasty. If she's still biting or it seems like aggressive biting, just try to keep your fingers away from her mouth.

That doesn't sound normal to me - is the poop soft or liquidy and sticking to her tail because of it? Or is it normal color and consistency (light to dark brown, and about like toothpaste)? Is she laying or sleeping where she potties?

If she's a baby, she's almost definitely quilling - losing baby quills to grow in adult quills, so yes, that'd be normal. If you have her on wooden shavings though, it could be due to mites - watch for frantic scratching, and lack of quills growing back in. If she shows either of those symptoms as well as the quill loss, it'd be good to treat her for mites (with kitten/puppy Revolution, not Ivermectin).

Also, you said a tank, which isn't really the best cage for a hedgehog. There's very little airflow because of the solid glass walls. I would suggest checking the housing forum or the link I'm going to give you for other cage options.

Get some handwarmers from a store like Walmart or an outdoors store. You can put those in her cage around her bed to keep it warm if the power does go out. You can also insulate the cage with blankets and quilts to help hold heat in for as long as possible (just make sure there's still some ventilation so she gets fresh air). If worst comes to worst, body heat is also an option for a short period.

I highly suggest you check this care book out - http://www.westcoasthedgehogs.com/files ... index.html It's written by one of our moderators, LizardGirl, and it's free to download. It has a lot of the main information from the forums, well organized and easy to read. It'd help out with a lot of the questions you may have now that you have your hedgehog. You can also use the search feature on the forum (right next to the 'new topic' button), and if you still can't find the answers you're looking for, feel free to ask!
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