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Old 09-12-2010, 07:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hard to believe, but my little boy Beck will be three in just a few weeks. He's in relatively good health, but at what age are hedgies considered "getting up there in years?" I have a few general questions:

1. He's slowing down with his wheeling and sleeping more than he used to. This is probably pretty normal right?

2. He had a really bad bout of something last winter (probably mites. He lost a LOT of quills, and was awfully grumpy. I've been treating it ongoing with Revolution and clean cage and regular baths) . He doesn't seem itchy, and his quill cover is good, but he STILL loses an appreciable amount of quills. Before he got sick, it was rare for him to ever lose a quill. Now he loses about on a regular day. It doesn't seem to bother him, though he is a bit huffier than he was in his youngre days. Ideas?

3. He's always been a skinny hog, and it occurs to me that I should try and keep a bit more weight on him. Not to make him fat, but just so that if ever gets sick, he'll have some reserve. I think he's a pretty good weight now, I'll try to get pics later.

He eats a mix of wellness, natural balance green pea & duck, and Performatin salmon & olive oil, plus little bits of beans, peanut butter and veggies. Any thing else I could be doing to keep him going strong? He's my constant little stealth companion at university, and I want to make sure his life is long and happy.
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Early Happy Birthday to Beck!

Sounds like you are doing everything right, I don't know of anything necessary to change/add. If you are worried about any arthritic symptoms you can pick up a jar of glucosamine chondroitin tablets from a pharmacy, crush them up, and put a pinch on his food once in a while. Not that you should at only 3 years old but you can keep an eye on his teeth, and soften it if it seems like dry food is getting hard for him to eat.

Three isn't too old though, I wouldn't worry. I would say senior citizen would be around 4 or so.



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Don't know if this will help but here's my experience:

Riley is three and he wants the Snuggle Disk for more heat. I'd consider bumping the heat up slightly over the next year or supplying additional warm area for him to be in if he wants it.

Riley's teeth are terrible, little nubs, keep an eye on your hedgie's teeth and the past few months I've been wetting his food slightly (not mush) thanks to a suggestion on here. He seems to be eating more since I started doing that, first symptom was more and more food being left each morning, now cleans his plate.

All my hedgies have a spare quill in their bed here and there. I think they use it as a knife at night to ward off leprechauns.
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All my hedgies have a spare quill in their bed here and there. I think they use it as a knife at night to ward off leprechauns.
Well, I heard leprechauns LOVE moist cat food!



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Pics! Not being very photogenic lol
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Beck is adorable!



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Beck might be taking extra leprechaun precautions by laying a defensive layer of quills around his cage
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Well you tell Beck I said he is very handsome and looks very youthful for his age!
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Thanks Is it normal for the facial mask to fade with age? I feel like his face is "paler" and around his eyes looks a bit dull and tired. To compare, here's his face when he was a baby, and had a super dark mask
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Thanks Is it normal for the facial mask to fade with age? I feel like his face is "paler" and around his eyes looks a bit dull and tired. To compare, here's his face when he was a baby, and had a super dark mask
Yes. There is a thread on color fading.
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You have baby pictures! - I am SO jealous!!
What a cute baby Beck was.



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