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Old 08-12-2012, 08:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got my hedgie ollie a week ago and he is 2 month sold. He has been having green, mushy, poop lately and I just wanted to know if thats a sign of him being sick? He also seems to poop alot when being handled and pees. I also dont know rather he is eating as much as he should because as I said I just got him and he is my first hedgie. thanks for any replys.
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also I noticed about 10 quills had fallen off of him when I was cleaning his cage, is he beginning to quill?
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds pretty normal for a new hedgehog of that age. They poop and pee a lot, that's just how it is. Try giving him some time in the cage to get most of it out of his system before taking him out, or for some of them foot baths will trigger them to go. You should still keep paper towels or tissues on hand when you have him out. The color/texture of the poop could be from stress of a new place or transitioning to a new food, if you've changed it. You can add a pinch of a powder probiotic to help with that. The one I use is Benebac. What are you feeding him and how much is he eating? Hedgehogs typically eat 1-2 tb of food per day, and babies will sometimes eat more since they're growing. When they're transitioning they might eat a little less for a few days. You should get a digital scale that measures ounces/grams, and weigh him every few days. As long as he's gaining weight, he's eating enough.
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sounds pretty normal for a new hedgehog of that age. They poop and pee a lot, that's just how it is. Try giving him some time in the cage to get most of it out of his system before taking him out, or for some of them foot baths will trigger them to go. You should still keep paper towels or tissues on hand when you have him out. The color/texture of the poop could be from stress of a new place or transitioning to a new food, if you've changed it. You can add a pinch of a powder probiotic to help with that. The one I use is Benebac. What are you feeding him and how much is he eating? Hedgehogs typically eat 1-2 tb of food per day, and babies will sometimes eat more since they're growing. When they're transitioning they might eat a little less for a few days. You should get a digital scale that measures ounces/grams, and weigh him every few days. As long as he's gaining weight, he's eating enough.
Also about the loosing around 10-15 quills, do you think he is quilling? He is 9 weeks old and 3 days and I heard 9 weeks is around when they start quilling.
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Sounds like he is quilling, they usually go through one at 6, 9 and 12 weeks. My Emma is starting her 12 week quill. As soon as you get into a good routine with them they go and do it again. Goodluck and handle him as often as you can even if he is being a grumpy guy so he stays sweet.
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