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Old 07-01-2013, 09:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Bogie is almost 4 months old. Recently I noticed that whenever I bring him a new bowl of water he takes his bedding in his mouth and puts it in the bowl which, in turn, soaks up a lot of the water. I tried giving him apples and carrots in another bowl as a treat to see if he would like them and he did the same thing and didn't touch them. Has anyone ever had this happen or does Bogie have Hedgie OCD? Thanks!
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What kind of bedding is he on?
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Ha! I am not laughing at you, just what silly quirks our little hedgies can have! I wouldn't call it OCD, just his own weird little preference. Times like this I wish they could explain themselves... I am so curious what runs through their little minds!

I do think it would be a good idea to switch him to fleece, have you considered it before? If you decide to stick with loose bedding I would maybe consider something with less dyes, especially if it could be seeping into his water source. Fleece would remove the problem of him filling his bowl, and has the added bonus of not running the risk of mites!
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Haha, I think it's hilarious. Of COURSE I would end up with a Hedgie with OCD haha. I think I'm going to try the fleece thing, do you just go to a fabric store and get a couple yards or should I buy a fleece blanket? Thanks for your help!!
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I get my fleece from Joanne Fabrics, they frequently have different ones on sale or coupons. Most Walmarts also sell fleece in the craft and fabric section. I buy peices that are double the size of my cage, and just fold them in half and stick them in. But I'm lazy and Thistle doesn't try to burrow in it, most people sew theirs together. I also cut some up into strips for her to dig around in and play with. You want to look for the kind labeled "anti-pill".
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Both my girls are liner divers, which I'm fine with so I don't sew mine either. I'm too lazy lol. I just get a couple of yards, sometimes I have to cut a little off, fold it in half and stick it in their cages. I put paper towels under their food/water bowls and such too to help catch crumbs
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Overnight sometimes Sammy takes the loose pieces of fleece that is his bedding and has dragged it to his water dish. In the morning when I check on him I have a wet liner and usually one piece of wet bedding.

His other trick is to borrow under the line all the way over to the water dish and food bowl and dump them. Such a silly hedgie !!
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