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Old 11-06-2013, 08:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
Just got my first hedgie but already knew a fair bit as my boyfriend has had one for a couple of months,
I've had my girl, roxie, for almost 2 weeks now and she just seems to want to be left alone completely, the first day I brought her home she seemed fine so I'm a bit confused as to why she has been like this ever since? She hisses and balls up at any noise and anytime I go near her.
I think she is quilling as she seems to leave a couple of quills each time I hold her, does this mean she is quilling or is this a normal amount?
I know some hedgehogs dont like to be held during this time but she is scared of any noise or even if I put my hand down a few inches away from her.
Any advice or opinions would be greatly appreciated as it has been two weeks and I have seen no progress, I'm starting to worry that this is just her personality !
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Luna, my new hedgie, is doing the same thing. I went to maybe bond a little and she just keeps huffing, hissing, and making a ball. They are around the same age
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Between the attitude & quills, she's almost definitely quilling. They go through them at 6 weeks, 9 weeks, and 12 weeks (approximately), so if she's anywhere in that range, she's in the right time period for it to happen.

They typically do have a "go away, world!" attitude during quilling, so not wanting to be held is normal. But it's best to go ahead and continue doing so anyway. You might have to alter the way you interact with her a bit - she might be happier if she can just cuddle in a blanket in your lap, rather than being directly handled while she's out. Since their skin is tender, it's also a good idea to avoid petting them.

Something that can help soothe their skin a bit (doesn't work for all hedgies, but many) is an oatmeal bath. Put a handful of uncooked whole oatmeal into a sock or nylon, then swish/squish it around in warm water until the water goes cloudy. It can help soften their skin a bit & help the new quills come in a bit easier, and just makes them feel a little better. So you could give that a try too!

Just hang in there - quilling sucks for both hedgie and owner, but you guys will get through it sooner or later. Hopefully she'll go back to being a sweetie after she's not in pain anymore.
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks I'll give that a go ! My other question was do hedgehogs still lose the odd quill after they have finished quilling? And also I have looked for new quills starting to poke through the skin but haven't been able to see any yet, is this likely to come at a later stage?
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