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Old 07-06-2014, 01:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 11 month old losing alot of quills?

I recently switched over my hedgehog from carefresh to fleece..and ever since I noticed her quills are falling out...in her cuddle sack there was over 12 and in a whole night about 22 quills..she's eating,drinking and wheeling perfectly.. she was fine on the carefresh bedding. Her skin is also as smooth as a baby's butt! No dry skin , no scratching. Also she seems like her back is sore, when you touch her back she puffs up but you can rub her belly with no problems. Today I decided just to wash her fleece incase she was allergic to the laundry soap and softener. Any other ideas I could do? I don't think its mites because I have not had her outside or in contact with any wood, but you never know. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-06-2014, 03:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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She is probably quilling, as some hedgehog quill again at a year or some time before that.
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Just a tip for washing fleece NEVER use fabric softener. It ruins the whicking ability and isn't good for hedgies. I use free and clear detergent, white vinegar (it gets poop and ALL the stink out of the fleece) and sometimes if it needs it oxyclean
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On the contrary, I use a little unscented fabric softener (I have a HE washer) and I have noticed that Nara's skin doesn't get nearly so dry in the winters any more.
A little bit keeps the static down too.

I haven't noticed any difference in the wicking on the fleece.

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