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Old 08-23-2013, 12:32 AM   #11 (permalink)
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No problem, I love helping new owners.

Oatmeal baths don't do too much to dry out the skin, since the oatmeal helps with that. If it seems like it really helped relieve his discomfort, you can do it again whenever you think he's ready again. Couple days from now, week from now...whatever. The benefits of helping with his quilling pain probably outweighs possible dry skin, or at least I think so. There's other ways to help dry skin anyway, and oatmeal baths are one of the best ways to help with quilling pain.

Just hang in there! Quilling is tough for both babies & new owners (and it really is just such a tough start for the beginning of a new relationship...man, hedgies have it rough sometimes), but you guys will get through it together, and with luck, he'll start to calm down and become more comfortable with you after.
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:54 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm really excited to get passed these rough patches because he has really grown on me in such a short time. I'm going to keep an eye on him and when he gets huffy we'll just try to get him a bath if that's the case.

What kind of treats would you recommend?
I tried giving him freeze dried meal worms and he didn't even touch them! He seemed to eat carrots but he will never eat them in front of me. I always try to give him something when he is doing good so he knows but he won't ever eat out of my hand. Another bonding experience that we need to work on. /: He's so stubborn!!!
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Clyde does not live at my home, he lives at my boyfriends. I just got word that he has been huffy and very mean every time they touch him. I didn't think that the bath would have made him an angel but i thought he would at least have a better reaction. i'm so frustrated!
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He's probably just having a very rough quilling...just try and be patient with him. Don't take it personally - remember how much he hurts, and how his mood must be swinging around right now. Quilling is much worse for some hedgies than others, and it sounds like his is no picnic. Make sure he's taken out each night, no matter what, and if he's in a cranky mood, do not press interaction - simply let him sit in a lap in a blanket. No petting, no poking, no fussing over him. Simply sitting on a lap and taking in the smells and being reminded that this large, scary creature is not dangerous and won't eat him.

As far as treats, I'd try live mealworms - hedgies usually take to those better than freeze-dried (and they're safer). There's other insect ideas and general food treat ideas in the stickies in the Nutrition forum. Some popular treats include meat (turkey, chicken, etc.), peas, carrots, watermelon, and berries. Some might like those things as the actual food, fresh or cooked plain, but others might like them better as baby food. You can also try cat treats (Natural Balance, Zuke's, Wellness, and Innova all have good treats, and there's a brand called PureBites that's freeze-dried meat), or wet cat food (Lily especially liked Wellness Healthy Indulgence meat & would wake out of a dead sleep if she smelled any).
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We gave our hedgie an oatmeal bath after only being home a few nights because of quilling and he loved it...use your judgement .....if they are a grumpy hog...consider waiting, otherwise.."I say go for it!!" Good luck!
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We've been giving him an oatmeal bath every couple nights. He's starting to lose an average of five (as i can find) every time I take him out. It's starting to seem like more and more every time. After throwing a fit and being left alone, he always opens up and runs straight to me. He's been such a sweetheart and I'm doing everything I can to soothe him. We are lightly giving him a little olive oil in his food every serving, baths on occasion (or when we think he really needs it), and when bonding time comes, we try not to touch him too much but try and play with him. Sadly I cannot find any quills coming through yet, so i'm afraid it's going to be a long process. I can see his pink little skin underneath and I can only imagine how bad he feels.
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