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Old 04-22-2018, 02:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New here and to hedgies 🙂

I just picked up my very first hedgie on Friday!! I did a lot of research beforehand and this forum was actually a huge part in that, so I figured why not join as I'm sure I will have questions at some point.

About my little guy: He's 8 weeks old and was the runt of his litter, he was about half the size of the other one we considered. (I'm not sure if this will lead to any special care aside from him just being small potentially). I haven't decided on a name yet, I keep bouncing between Quinn and GusGus lol.

A little about me: I'm a 26 year old married mom to two rambunctious little boys age 5 and 2. They are animal lovers as well, but no worries they do not have access to any animal unsupervised 🙂 and they also have been taught that anything with teeth can bite. We do also have 2 pit bulls, 2 cats and 3 leopard geckos 🙂
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Old 04-22-2018, 09:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello and welcome!

Aww he's very sweet ^.^

My boy was also very small (potentially a runt or growth was stunted coming from a pet shop) when I first got him at 4 months old. He was a little underweight back then and became a runner hog so struggled to gain/maintain any weightit first but in the year that I've had him he's managed to gain a lot of weight and looks much healthier now. I'm not sure on health implications on runts. Just make sure he has a good appetite and gets enough exercise
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I think the general rule for runts is that they can tend to get sick more often than a non-runt. There is a higher chance for complications with them and possibly even an early death. Just keep a close eye on him and always make sure you have the funds to take him to the vet if needed!

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Thank you both 🙂. He seems to be doing great, he's definitely still adjusting to the new home/sounds. He waits til our room is pretty silent before really getting active, of course lol. He has already started using his wheel though so I'm super happy about that! He seems to be eating well also from what I can tell
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