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Old 05-19-2015, 09:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering if chewing from a hedgehog is normal? My hedgie Jasper tends to chew on just about anything, my pants, shirt, sheets, pillow case, and blanket, sometimes when he does this he starts anointing as well. So I just wanted to know why he does this. ?
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My off-the-cuff guess as a newbie is that he likes the smells! Everything you mentioned is fabric, so maybe he really likes your laundry detergent or fabric softener?
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Yep, this is pretty normal. Hedgies tend to love our clothes and their blankets and such. Let him get near the underarm portion of a shirt you just wore. They seem to especially like those. No one really knows why exactly they do that and anoint but it is entertaining.

Now, if he's chewing on other harder objects that would be a cause for concern. They aren't rodents and shouldn't be chewing like a rodent would need to.
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Also I notice when I change laundry detergent she chews and scratches and anoints on PJs, sheets, and blankets.
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Same here. Mine loves to chew on my pillow cases. Then anoints them. I am pretty new. I have had her about a month. We get her out every night and get in the bed. She goes straight for the pillow cases.
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Ok! Thanks for the answers. I was just curious as to why he does that ?
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No one really knows why they anoint, but it usually happens with strong smells/smells they like. Their sense of smell is their most valuable.
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