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Old 01-08-2013, 01:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default my baby has yellowish dust on his quills...

so we just added a litter pan, and my suspicion is that he tried to eat a little bit of the kitty litter, and then licked his quills, but the dust is only in one spot. his behavior hasnt changed at all, and he is just about to start quilling. (i think he is 8 weeks on wednesday) anyways, i dont know if this is a normal thing or not, but i am a little concerned... both with the fact that he ate the kitty litter (maybe two pieces) and that his quills have this yellowish dust around the back end quills. he has learned not to eat the litter (thank heavens) and is already running probably close to a mile or two each night. (we've only had him for 5 days!) He usually has about 3 ounces of water, and eats about 20 pieces of normal size cat food whenever he's awake. normal digestion, coloured feces, etc. all seems normal minus scratching here and there. (always the quills, maybe once on his fur every couple days) Thanks for any and all input!
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: my baby has yellowish dust on his quills...

Is it actually dust or is more of a stuck on substance? I've seen hedgies who poop on there wheels then run through it get the poo on there quills. It ends up looking like spices are sprinkled over the quills. Give him a bath and watch to see if the dusting comes back, I bet if it does, his wheel will also be a big mess.

What kind of litter are you using?
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i can gurantee that it is not poop on his quills. while i had him sleeping on my stomach, i rubbed one of the quills that had it on the end, and it came off rather easily. it is definitely stuck on there, but easy to remove, kind of like removing a little dead skin from a finger, i guess. it isnt packed on so tightly that you have to pull on the quill to get it off, and it easily comes off with water. i'm honestly not sure what type of kitty litter it is, because we didnt save the bag, but it's the some of the cheapest stuff we could find. (actually, we use it at our church to clean up liquid spills in the garage when working on the church vehicles.) we trained him on the wheel, then immediately put the litter pan in there, and it was the day after that it appeared. if needed, i could probably figure out what the brand was that we bought.
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