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Old 01-02-2015, 06:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Paranoia with the first squeal I heard

We had two hedgehogs. We got them from a previous owner when they had grown quite a bit.

We lost one of them to WHS. We had him put down so he wouldn't suffer anymore. He couldn't move his front two legs at all and would lay on his side and just kick, turning himself in circles on the ground. He would make loud squealing noises while biting hard objects. I have no idea what would cause that kind of behavior. As a first time hedgehog owner, it was extremely traumatizing to see him just biting stuff as hard as he could and squeal. We had to feed him with syringes and stuff until his vet appointment on his final day. :'(

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We have Dante left, he's a boy. About 20-30 minutes ago, I heard a squeal noise come from his pen. I don't know what happened, I turned my head down to where I could see inside of his housing and he just stared at me and moved around a little bit. He scratches himself a lot, we figured it was dry skin. It being winter time, we assumed it was because of the cold weather. We live in Florida, so it shouldn't be THAT much colder. Anyways, should I be worried? I have a pretty bad anxiety disorder and I tend to freak out about small stuff. It's beyond my control. Does my hedgehog need a vet visit?

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I do not know his age. The previous owner did not specify. I'm going to guess 1-3 years old. I change his food and water every 2 days. Clean his cage once a week. (Let me know if this is not often enough please.)
We researched so much before we acquired these pets. I just feel like I'm not doing something right.
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Old 01-02-2015, 07:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know anything about the squealing you heard but I just wanted to say that I change food and water every day. I think it's especially important with the water. I wouldn't drink water left out for two days... Well I probably would but I wouldn't make my hedgie
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