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Old 08-14-2014, 09:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ouchie turns 4 :-)


She spent the afternoon in our laps while we watched a bunch of
movies and stuff at home.

She seemed to relax best to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, About Time
and what seems to be her all-time #1 favorite... episodes of PBS'
This Old House
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Her name is too cute and I love all her accessories, very fashionable little lady it's funny she reacts to the movies, howie does that too and gets mad when the Jeffersons is on. happy birthday ouchie! xo
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Happy Birthday Ouchie!

LOL, she likes "This Old House".

What did you get Her Royal Highness this year for her day?
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Thanks for the thoughts, folks!
Poor howie, hehe. We don't get "the Jeffersons" over on this side of the Pacific
We gave Ouchie a special snack of TetraBits granular fish food, and upgraded the
extraction fan serving her bin.
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Happy Birthday, Ouchie! Love the name.

Just curious...what have you been feeding her? I think there are things we can learn from elderly hedgehogs Not sure what, exactly, but....things.

Do you know anything about her parents, how long they lived? Is she a cuddler or an explorer? Has she had any health problems? Does she like treats?

Sorry for all the questions, but obviously you are doing things right and enquiring minds want to know.
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Happy 4th birthday Ouchie!
For note, you share a birthday with my sister.
4 years is an awesome age and I hope all my babes live at least that long
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Happy Birthday, Ouchie! Love the name.

Just curious...what have you been feeding her? I think there are things we can learn from elderly hedgehogs Not sure what, exactly, but....things.
The things I do/have differently from what I've seen here on HHC are:

- I use Chipsi bedding, spot clean daily and overhaul twice weekly.
The whole plastic bin gets washed thoroughly and sun-dried weekly.
The bin has an active vent, pulling air to the outdoors. This is only
easy here because I live in the tropics --it would be tough in locales
where winter cold is an issue), but the turnover of air keeps the
environment in her bin and in our house smelling fresh.

- Ouchie thrives on fairly low-protein diet. She's been on Purina
Friskies for kittens (chicken & fish) since 2011. She used to be mad
for garden millipedes and small crickets, but she lost interest in
those even before she turned 1.

- Since late 2010, she's gotten a bath every weekend. Warm water
sudsed up with Safeguard classic beige and several drops of Body
Shop "Tea Tree Oil Wash". Rinses with warm water, then it's paper
towels and a low-heat blow drier to get her as dry as possible as
quickly as possible. It's warm and humid in the Philippines, so I
don't face the challenge of moisturizing hedgie skin, what I have
to deal with is fungal issues -- skin and spines left damp can start
to smell like moldy wood. I feel the sun's UV helps keep a hedgie's
skin and spines problem-free, so she gets a few minutes' exposure
at least every couple of days.

- Lots of handling/cuddling and very frequent outdoor time, even
just a few minutes every other day, so she gets a very varied
environment --new scents and stuff. I believe a bored hedgehog
is a depressed hedgehog, and more vulnerable to disease/aging.
Even though hedgehogs are solitary, I think they can get lonely,
too, and I think gentle human handling staves that off.


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Do you know anything about her parents, how long they lived? Is she a cuddler or an explorer? Has she had any health problems? Does she like treats?
- Her parents are an Algerian choco and an Algerian grey. Ouchie
takes after her maternal grandfather in coloring, but she's a lot
slimmer --maybe that's because of dietary differences. Sadly, I
lost touch with the 'breeder' when the bbforum we met on went
kaput.

- Her ears show mite-scarring. She's had the trouble since I first
had her. She had a gait problem in her first year, because I did
not trim her rear-paws' claws more regularly. Only one instance
of a digestive problem, after I let her taste a grape wayyy back
(HHC's Nancy cured me of my ignorance re toxicity).

- Twice in the past (can't recall exactly when) she lost her appetite.
No green stool or anything, she just ate less. I offered her every
treat, dry or wet food recommended online, but no joy. What got
her eating again was granular fish food (TetraBits) sprinkled onto
her regular Friskies.

- Once, I thought she had WHS, but it turned out her left rear paw
exhibited swelling. I smeared it with Triderm, a topical ointment
for humans, and it got better very quickly, although her initial
reaction was to bite her own (now unfamiliar-smelling) paw.

- Ouchie used to run like crazy until 2012. Now she just walks fast,
but still covers a LOT of ground when we let her out of her bin
When she's tired of walking, she will get on my foot and paw at
my leg or actually try to climb up. That's the signal for a nap in
in my lap while I surf the net or watch TV.

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Sorry for all the questions, but obviously you are doing things right and enquiring minds want to know.
I don't know enough to say what I'm doing is right, lol.
What I'm doing wrong is NOT preparing myself for the inevitable.
I don't know how I and my wife are going to handle losing ouchie.
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Thank you for the info. The completely different environment probably has a big impact on her lifespan.
The inevitable is inevitable. It is what it is. I'm so happy for you and ouchie and your family that you have been together so long. I hope it goes at least another 4 years.

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