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Old 08-11-2016, 01:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Im freaking out guys.
So i just got a hedgehog, and i love him soo much. anyway, i let him down to explore in my living room and he ended up crawling under my couch. I couldnt get him out, no matter how hard i tried, so i got behind my couch to move it a bit, thinking maybe he'd come out. well. i scooted it a bit and heard a brushing noise. i look down to see he's wedged between the wood of the couch, its a good 2-3 inches off the ground. He wasn't making any puffing or destressed noises, and i was able to quickly pick him up, even thought i got poked. i checked him out as best i could and he wasnt bleeding or anything. He seemed fine, walked around on my chest, the normal. I put him back i his cage, and came downstairs, and the more i thought about it the more concerned i got. So i went back upstairs and was holding him in my lap. Im not sure if its just me having n overactive imagination, but he did seem a bit grumpier, he puffed and hissed a bit, but he's still kinda getting used to me. anyway, i held him for like, 30 minutes, he seemed pretty chill, was laying around, moved around a bit, sniffling and such. so i go to sit in him on the floor because he started puffing and curling. He sorta walked between my legs and just kinda.. layed flat on his tummy. Ive never seen him do that and it i got concered so i moved. He hissed and walked back under his blanket, where he did it again. his breathing seemed sorta heavy, but im not sure if it was that or i just thought it was because ive never seen him splayed out. and then i read somewhere that someones hedgehog was doing that and it died. and so now im super worried and a little scared, because I just got him like, 5 days ago and im really attached to him already and i dont wanna loose my little guy. Im terrified that i hurt him and imma wake up and he's not gonna be alive.

Im not really used to hedgehog behavior, because he's the first one i've owned, so im really worried and im freaking out. can anyone help?
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Old 08-11-2016, 02:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This is a tough one, it might be nothing or might be something and I think only you can decide.

If you are really concerned, see if you have an emergency exotic vet around that you can take him right now or wait till morning to see how he's doing. Hedgehogs are prey animals so they hide illness and injury and things are pretty advanced when you notice.

For the future, try to make a playpen so he can play in a safe environment, you don't want to have to stress every time you have him out.

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Old 08-11-2016, 02:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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im like, aboslutely terrified. ive been crying for like, an hour. is it normal for them to lay on their tummy?
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Okay so, I just went to lay in bed and I caught little man (his name is Quilson) on his wheel running, he's also drinking lots of water too. I'm feeling a lot better now, because if I'd have hurt him I don't think he'd be running around. thanks so much for your insight I'm still new to this, and I'm trying the best I can, so what happened really scared me!
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As long as he is acting normal, I wouldn't be worried
You did the right thing! (:
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Old 08-11-2016, 12:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You want to check for any physical signs. Any discoloration, obvious tenderness, warm spots, bumps things of that nature.
If you haven't had him in for a well pet visit yet, I'd highly recommend you do so. While your making that appointment, you can mention this as something that needs assessed. This also will establish a relationship with a vet when it's not a full blown emergency.

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As long as he is acting normal, I wouldn't be worried
You did the right thing! (:
That can be true, especially when you forget their number one goal of every minute is to not become lunch. A predator has one goal, eat lunch. They don't care if it's vomiting, limping, a "little off". Those animals make easy lunch. As a result, prey animals will do anything they can to hide illness and injury, even if it causes more pain.
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Splaying out is completely normal. They tend to do it when very relaxed or a little warm and need to cool off.
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thanks guys, my little man is acting himself, he's eating and drinking and running around, his poop looks normal as well. I do need to take him to the vet soon, im planning on setting that up in the near future thanks for all your help!
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