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Old 10-05-2012, 01:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've just cleaned Leo's cage and noticed an alarming number of shed quills. There's no reason for mites (nothing wooden in his cage..his litter is a recycled paper product), his diet is regular, and his temp/light schedule is constant.

Leo is a year and a half old, and seems to be exhibiting symptoms of quilling. He's VERY grumpy all the time now, not wanting to be held or petted at all (in the past he's been very receptive to being held and petted).

Is this a normal thing? Like molting?
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hedgies seem to go through surprise quillings all the time. Sometimes its due to stress, or just because. If you want to rule out mites for sure, you can take him to a vet for a skin scraping
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok, Thanks for the reassurance!

I gave him a bath today, and coated his quills with some flaxseed oil afterward.. I'm hoping it'll help alleviate his problem.

He's drying in a towel right now, and i picked up somewhere around 8 newly shed quills when giving him a treat for good bath behavior....

It's just enough to bum you out
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Leo is sleeping at the moment..and he's making a noise I've never heard him make before today. It's almost like he's whining/chirping at the same time. I've read this is somewhat normal, but given his quill loss I don't know if I should be worried. Any ideas on my whole situation? I'm starting to get a little freaked out..
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Another update, Leo isn't sleeping in his fancy PVC home as normal...he's got himself in a ball right behind it. His behavior is off and I'm not at all sure what's causin' it.
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