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Old 08-05-2012, 10:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We got my baby hedge hog (almost 2 months old) from a breeder in my area. He was the sweetest baby ever and loves people. a few minutes ago I was playing with him and he was doing fine then out of no were he stopped and rolled up a little (not into a ball or anything) and then his body started popping up every few seconds almost as if he had hick ups (he wasnt in a ball jumping) and then when he was done he stopped and put his quills up and went into a half ball. After doing that for a few minutes relaxed and started moving around again. Is he okay? was he just scared? earlier that day we cleaned his blanket with a sented laundry sheet, could that be the problem? he is also new and has been exposed to so many people through out the day, is he just overwhelmed? Im so scared for him please help! thank you in advance for all the replys.
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That sounds like perfectly normal hedgie behavior to me. He probably just got startled by something (a noise or movement) and felt insecure. The popping is a way of saying, "Hey, I have quills and they hurt! Stop scaring me." He could be a little stressed from the big day, but he should be fine. He uncurled when he was secure again. Enjoy your new baby.
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds like normal hedgie behavior. Most hedgies startle pretty easy, so balling up and raising quills is perfectly normal.

You did mention that you washed the blanket in a scented detergent...I would rewash it in something unscented. The scent from the detergent can be irritating to their respiratory tract and possible irritate their skin (I know it irritates mine!).
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