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Old 09-17-2017, 03:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Quilling and growth spurt at 6 months?

Hello,

My husband and I aren't new to hedgehogs, Mathilda is our fourth. But our previous hedgies have all been rescues, so we are new to dealing with babyhood and adolescence. We've had her since May and she's been doing great. She's by far more social than any of our rescues, which makes sense since they weren't likely handled as much as she was as a baby.

She'll be six months old next Monday and has been shedding quite a few quills, we're assuming this is part of the quilling process. But she has also suddenly gained quite a bit of weight. We started weighing her sporadically in June and she remained pretty steady through the summer with a few peaks and valleys ranging from 344 to 362 grams. The last time we had weighed er was August 29 and she was 352 grams. When we weighed her last night, we were so surprised that her weight had jumped to 397.7 that we weighed her twice just to make sure we had tared the scale and little cup we weigh her in properly.

My understanding is that 6 months is a bit late for quilling, so maybe she is just going through a later adolescence and that has been accompanied by a growth spurt. Her demeanor doesn't seem to have really changed at all. She's still pretty easy going, letting us pet both her back and her underfur, and seems to be active on the wheel at night when we go to bed.

Should we be concerned? We've lost two hedgies in the past 14 months, one to cancer, another to a freak accident at a hedgie sitter's home while we were on vacation, so we're a little paranoid right now. We just want to make sure little Matilda is getting everything she needs.

Thank you!
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Old 09-18-2017, 12:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Quilling at 6 months is possible. As long as she isn't scratching frantically and you see new quills growing in, I wouldn't be concerned! (:

My condolences on your losses.
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