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Old 12-23-2008, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I used mineral oil on Archimedes for the first time last night during his bath, then I wrapped him up in a towel and held him for a little bit, then put him back in his cage. He started FREAKING OUT. I've never seen him so crazy before. He kinda reminded me of a rabid animal, just like rolling around on his back, and kicking and throwing bedding everywhere, then running around the cage faster than I've ever seen him go (and I've seen him run very fast). I figured that the scent of the mineral oil was bothering him so I gave him another longer bath to try and wash it off, and also changed his bedding/cleaned everything. This seemed to help a little, but he's not 100% calm like he was before. But geez has anyone else every had this experience? He honestly looked like a hedgie on crack!
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Old 12-23-2008, 12:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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That happened with my Sebastian when I attempted to put lotion on his ears. He looked like he was having a stroke/seizure, but he still knew what he was doing (he just didn't know why). We gave him a bath right away and he let us clean his ears off with a towel, but he didn't completely calm back down until the next night.

I felt pretty awful . BUT I DID learn a good lesson!
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Old 12-23-2008, 01:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Did you use a scented variety of oil? Always choose the unscented variety of anything. Also keep in mind that just because a lotion or other product states it is unscented just means that the manufacturer didn't add additional scent, it will still contain a natural scent which for some items and some hedgehogs it could be a problem.
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Tea Tree Oil is toxic to hedgehogs, so, do you know what was in the mineral oil?
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