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Old 10-01-2008, 12:21 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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It could easily be crankiness caused by quilling. When several new quills are pushing through the skin simultaneously it can be a bit painful and your little girl may be telling you that she doesn't feel like being picked up right now. If she's not quilling then it may be related to a scent.

My Bella started lunging and biting at me last month so I know how depressing it is when you begin thinking you have a pet that doesn't like you. But Bella's biting problem has stopped, so I'm here to tell you there's hope for you and your little hoglet. I started suspecting she might be reacting to cigarette smoke on my hand. Since they have such a strong sense of smell then anything that stinks is gonna stink 10 times as bad. I am a social smoker and only smoke when I'm around certain friends. I hadn't smoked at all for the first month I had her, but my friends came into town and I started smoking at the same time she started biting. I started taking a shower and changing into clean clothes before handling her. I also changed my hand soap and started using unscented fabric softner. One of those things worked, she stopped lunging and biting.

My point is, there's a great chance this is related to a scent. Everyone knows that they may bite your hands for smelling like food, but they will also bite you if a smell offends them and they want it to go away. At least that's what I learned. Try changing some things, especially the tea tree oil. That would be my first guess as to what's causing the problem.
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:21 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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Maddie has stopped biting at least for the time being. We started using germ x on top of unscented soap. She is not much interested in the Germ x. I also use the shirt I slept in or wore to work that day to dry my hands until I just smell like me vs smelling like and alcohol bath... Truthfully when we started doing foot soaks to clean her feet off, she started getting friendlier. She has quickly learned that human hands are the only way out of a bathtub when you are ready to be done!!!

She is still very huffy and pops and hisses at everything, but I see baby step size progress in her allowing human contact. My husband thinks I have lost my mind....
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Old 10-07-2008, 11:06 AM   #13 (permalink)
 
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That's great news! Thanks for keeping us updated.
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