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Old 11-13-2012, 01:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First time owner with a quilling question.

Hello all. Just a question regarding my hedgie--he's my first hog, and he's around 11 weeks old. I got him around 9 weeks old, and he has barely warmed up to me at all. I know it's probably just because he's quilling. I can get him to uncurl in the bath and by tickling his shoulders, but he's still huffing and puffing all the while.
My main concern is that he seems to be losing a lot of quills. He's got some pinto going on with his color, with more white on his bum and hips. He seems to be losing those quills the most and he's starting to get some small bald spots there compared to his head and shoulders. Nothing major, just small areas where I can see that he's lost quills.

I've checked him several times for fleas and mites, but haven't found any (and I have yet to see him scratch). There's no pus, so I don't think it's an infection. Is it really just normal for him to lose this many quills? I'm tempted to sit and wait for another week or two to see if it stops but I don't know.

I've been giving him baths with oatmeal or olive oil off and on for a while in case it really is just quilling and dry skin.
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Sounds like quilling. You should be able to see new quills growing in if you look closely.

Just keep handling him as much as you can and try to ignore the grump. A carrying bag is great for that, you can tote him around with you as you do things around the house or out on trips to the store, running errands, etc. It might not seem like it's doing much right now, but that's just a delayed reaction from the quilling. It can go for a while for some of them, to 15/16 weeks or even later sometimes.
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When Prim started quilling I totally freaked out. She's my first hedgie too . She was losing them by the truck load! So long as your hedgie doesn't have any bald spots you SHOULD be ok. If your hedgie will let you you should be able to gently and slowly pull the quills back to see the new ones poking through, look in more than one spot and if you don't see any initially look in a few days. It took me several days to start seeing Prim's poking up and even then sometimes I would confuse it for dry skin.
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Hello all. Just a question regarding my hedgie--he's my first hog, and he's around 11 weeks old. I got him around 9 weeks old, and he has barely warmed up to me at all. I know it's probably just because he's quilling. I can get him to uncurl in the bath and by tickling his shoulders, but he's still huffing and puffing all the while.
My main concern is that he seems to be losing a lot of quills. He's got some pinto going on with his color, with more white on his bum and hips. He seems to be losing those quills the most and he's starting to get some small bald spots there compared to his head and shoulders. Nothing major, just small areas where I can see that he's lost quills.

I've checked him several times for fleas and mites, but haven't found any (and I have yet to see him scratch). There's no pus, so I don't think it's an infection. Is it really just normal for him to lose this many quills? I'm tempted to sit and wait for another week or two to see if it stops but I don't know.

I've been giving him baths with oatmeal or olive oil off and on for a while in case it really is just quilling and dry skin.
omg same thing is happenign to me, hes white on his butt and lower back and it looks lie hes balding but on his back of his head its darker and it looks fine.. its been going on for a about a month now, and it was a super lot of quills now it's about 20 a day, but i still have no idea wahts going on
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