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Old 09-24-2013, 02:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Princess is 4 months old now.

all of a sudden I'm starting to see quills in her cage.

I've read that losing a few quills is 'normal', but I literally have not seen her quill at all since she was 8 weeks old and actually going through her "quilling" period

I don't know what it could be. she has flannels bedding in her cage.

the only thing I suspect is that I give her foot baths every night, except the water level is only high enough to touch her belly. so I don't think that would make her skin dry Enough to lose quills.

also, for like a month now she's been scratching a lot, but ONLY when she runs on her wheel. it's like she chafes or something when she runs lol.

any ideas??
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hedgehogs go through four periods of quilling. 4, 6, 9, and 12 weeks. . The adult quilling (12 weeks) can start/end as late as five months. So it's possible (and very likely if you haven't seen her quill since she was 8 weeks) that she's having her adult quilling.
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It could certainly be adult quilling like Tom said.

How frequently is she scratching? Like when you have her out for play or bonding how many times would you say she scratches during that time? Is her skin dry and flakey (I'm guessing that's what your olive oil question was about)?

If she seems to be scratching less casually and more like a frequent compulsive I-must-scratch-right-now-or-I'm-gonna-die! irritated scratch, you may want to keep an eye out for mites. But go ahead and try the olive oil in the meantime and give her an oatmeal bath or two.


EDIT: Ok, I just re-read your post and see that you said she only scratches when she's on her wheel, correct? What kind of wheel do you have? What do you use to clean it? Maybe she's allergic to the cleaner or wheel is built in a such a way that she rubs up against it.
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yeah she literally only scratches when on her wheel. it's one of those large saucer wheels, and I wash it every day with Greenway EcoFriendly dish detergent
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