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Old 07-14-2009, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am new hedgie owner of Beatrix (aka Trixie), a one year old girl who is on her third owner. I have read just about all the HC topics, which has helped a lot.Trixie has had a long road trip, changes in bedding, new wheel, new igaloo, and, after 2 weeks, still very grumpy and quilly. She poops in her wheel each night and on paper towels under her wheel. She is most particular about food, preferring dry or chunky wet cat food. My question has to do with my sensitivity to her quills, probably dermatitus. I clean her feet each evening and gave her a water/oil bath last night but am still itching if I dont wear gloves. Could she be getting poop on her quills from all that running ?- (she covers the wheel inside pretty thoroughly and I wash it out every morning) She will relax in my lap on a t-shirt, head buried and sticking her cute little feet & tail straight out behind her, but not let me touch her. She pops and bristles if I even move - so I usually get stuck and then itch. I will get some Aveeno tonight but will frequent washing off of quills help my sensitivity? Thanks,TrixiesMom
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Old 07-14-2009, 02:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi, I don't think washing her quills is going to help your sensitivity. Too many baths can overdry her skin, however. Some people are just more sensitive than others. Congrats on such a cute hedgie.

She will need lots of time to adjust to her new home. Especially since she's been moved around a lot. Just be patient with her. As to pooping on the wheel, that's part of it. Some will litter train but many just poop and run. :P
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I sometimes get itchy after handling Sylvie, particularly on the inside of my arms if she's been walking around on them. I find the more frequently that I hold her & less I get poked, the less they itch. After putting your hedgie back you can also wipe down your skin that has touched him/her.
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Itching is a natural reaction to getting poked. I still get that if Quentin is really quilled out and huffy, and he's been with me for almost a year now. Bathing her too much isn't going to help that. The bathing is mainly to get anointing fluids off the quills if you're getting rashes from handling. Your hands will start to get used to being poked, and hopefully she'll warm up and the poking will get to a minimum--like I said, I only get it if he's got his quills all the way up, where normally he doesn't. It could take her a few months to calm down a bit, so don't be discouraged by the fact that it's been two weeks and she's still being a bit huffy; since she's had 3 owners now, I take it she's always been a bit huffy and the others didn't have enough patience. Remember, it can take awhile.

In the meantime, wash your hands after handling and then use some lotion.

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Old 07-14-2009, 07:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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There was a thread many months back, I'll see if I can find it again. Basically people got small tiny liquid pockets on their hands(me being one of them) it's usually an allergic reaction.

My hands are all fine now, I've had my boy for almost 8 months now and my hands are no longer as sensitive to his quills. However, elsewhere on my body is another story. I'll get little itchy bumps where his quills have poked me, usually on the inside of my arms and legs(when he's sleeping in my lap). The bumps go away once I ignore them for like an hour or so. Like silvercat, I just wash/wipe my skin with cool water and just ignore it.

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Old 07-14-2009, 07:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Trixie is gorgeous.

What type of bedding is she on? If shavings, switch her to liners. Often it is the shavings that causes the problem. If she is on liners, try changing laundry detergent.

Some hedgehogs in general cause more problems than others. Sometimes it's worse if they are dirty but often clean or dirty makes no difference. Some people react to the saliva, others to urine.

Often the reaction is temporary and will quit happening after a few weeks. Unfortunately, for some, it continues to get worse.
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Old 07-15-2009, 12:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the feedback. I switched her bedding from shavings to fleece when I got her. Dont know about how she was with first owners, but she was very friendly with the second "rescuer", who only had her two weeks before I purchased her. I will let you all know how she does in a couple of weeks. Thanks, TrixiesMom
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I had posted a similiar thread a few months ago when my girl was new to me.
I find now, that if I let her walk out to me, instead of trying to wake her up and get her out.
This way, when I pick her up by cupping her, she does not poke me at all.
My skin only irritates me when I am poked, as some one above mentioned, ignore it an hour and it will go away.
I also 'burn' my hands under HOT water, I just hold my hands under hot hot running water as long as I can, I find this helps, (maybe by just hurting my whole hand, so the pokes do not get noticed)
Also, I tripple clean to ensure I do not run any irritants into my face, Soap wash, sanitizer wash, then soap again.

I have a blanket I place over my lap, and do not let her touch my arms or legs, as others have said, they get poked and it is itchy as heck on my legs.

Good luck, I am sure you will work it out once she gets more used to you.
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Such a beautiful little girl!!!!!!!!1
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