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Old 11-28-2019, 10:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys! We've had my gorgeous girl Bramble for 15 months. She's a year and 9 months we think. She's had a change in behaviour about 3 weeks ago. She used to love to snuggle under a blanket on my chest, but recently she has started digging like crazy both on her cage, and on me. When we first got her she would push around with her nost a bit and then settle down. But now she only settles down for a few seconds and then starts up again. If she has just started to come out of her shell and is happily digging away, then no worries. But I do admit I miss my little snuggle buddy. Is it okay for her to be digging so much and to no longer want to snuggle.

The only other relevant things I can think of is in early Oct we changed her cage temp from 24 c to 25 c because of the cold weather (we are in Canada)
Also I didn't spend as much time with her over the summer because of stress and illness in the family.

Any thoughts, suggestions?

Many thanks!
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Old 12-12-2019, 09:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does anybody have any insights, please?
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Old 12-13-2019, 03:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Are you sure its digging and mpt just trying to re arrange the way things are to get comfy on you?
Sorta like a dog it looks like digging but they are just rearranging to get comfy. Holly does this on me.
It could just be she cant get comfy on u anymore.

In the cage it could just be something she likes to do. I'm not really sure.
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Old 12-19-2019, 11:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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How is she now?

When I have one that is normally laid back and suddenly is acting agitated I usually rub them down checking for lumps/bumps, any new quills coming in, checking for ingrown quills, etc. And continue to monitor for a while. I also try to consider what is going on in their environment. Environmental changed could be something simple within the house or outside.

I had someone report that nothing had changed then realized his spouse had put out a Christmas candle in another room (cinnamon scent). Sensitive nose didn't like it. Another had a similar story with Christmas tree lights blinking in another room (its that time of year).

How is the weather lately? I have a girl who gets severely agitated (to the point of being extra bitey) when we have snow coming. She is worse with thunder storms. They are scary!

Was your home recently overly active from holiday activity? Or has your routine changed lately? Some react really badly to routine disruption. I once wrote a story regarding how just changing the clocks by 1 hour caused huge behavior issues with two of my hedgehogs.
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