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Old 07-09-2010, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know that using non-fleece liners is risky and it's common knowledge that string are dangerous because little feet can get caught up in them. I've always been very careful with Buttercup, but when I woke her up and she had a red, swollen foot I didn't know what happened.

This is a warning to ladies with long hair. I have very long hair and (because I shed like a dog) some of my hair found its way into the cage and that's what was cutting off her circulation. It was wound so tightly that it couldn't just untie it, but since it was just hair I eventually just pulled it off. Buttercup loves to explore in my bed where a lot of my hair could be. After play and before I put her back in her cage, I make sure to check her for any long hairs that got caught on her belly or quills so that I know it will never happen again.

She was just fine and it hasn't happened again, but I was so startled to see her circulation cut off from no visible cause, until I looked closer. I didn't even think about it as a possible "string".

Just something to think about
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Wow that's terrible, glad she's okay now!
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That was great you found it in time. Ty for posting this because its a good thing to remember I have long hair too and shed it everywhere. It seems like it gets everywhere possible.
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Quigley always tries to climb and borrow in my hair so I feel like I am constantly pulling hair from between his quills.
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Quillamina and Loki do that, too. For some reason they just love to get tangled in hair, the little spazzes. I check them over to make sure they don't have any wrapped around any limbs or quills, though, so it's never been a huge issue for me.
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Fleece is a hair-magnet as well. I always have to check and double check any blanket I give them for their house and also any that I use for cuddle time. Riley loves to snuggle and nest in my hair, he gets a "once over" as well before putting him back in his cage. Its just one of those things.

Oh, and caution to long-haired men as well, 'cause hair doesn't care what sex you are.
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Yes, I've always been worried about this too. I find hair on her liners and on the fleece strips I use for bedding in Lily's igloo, and I always wonder how I should handle it if I should find a hair wrapped around her leg sometime. Thanks for the reminder, and glad that you caught it early to help her! This is a good example of why checking hedgies over at least once daily is so important. Too long with this problem and they could lose a leg.
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I check mine twice daily and part of that reason is because of long hair. I highly encourage others to do it twice a day too. Each of my hedgehogs know they have to show me their legs before they can go in their cage. Seriously... all I have to do is say "Show me your legs" to Cooper and he uncurls and pops his back legs out so I can see them.

Morning checks are a very important check. Most of the time when I've discovered a problem it was in the AM check. The hedgehogs have been up all night, active and if they are going to become injured, it is most likely to happen then. Plus discovering a problem in the AM you still have time to get your normal vet on the phone.

PM checks. I like these as I like to ensure no hair has been picked up when the hedgehogs were out of their cages.
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