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02-28-2013 05:40 PM
JulieAnne
Re: An Unexpected Hedgehog

So glad she got a clean bill of health! Loving the updates!
02-27-2013 12:52 PM
abbys
Re: An Unexpected Hedgehog

Hooray! That's great news!
02-27-2013 08:32 AM
Chihirolee3
Re: An Unexpected Hedgehog

Took her to the vet last Thursday (had to reschedule due to weather), and she has a clean bill of health. She is eating normal, running a lot and just overall has become a hyper little bundle. I've been really keeping up on her nails (which had really long quicks) and now I am able to trim them all at once without her fussing too bad (still squirmy but bearable). Can't trust her to sleep in my lap though, all she wants to do is explore, no matter what time of day. She is still huffy when I first pick her up, but I've been constantly giving her used shirts to snuggle in so she has really gotten used to us, and her huffiness stops within a minute or two. Because she is in my library, she hears music when I read (I listen to classical and other instrumental music when I read, it's pretty relaxing) and she seems to enjoy it, because when I handle her when the music is on, she is not huffy at all (still wanting to explore though) so she must feel pretty at ease. I wonder if anyone has done research on how music (not played loudly) can affect a hedgehog if it becomes a common thing in their lives.
I feel really grateful that Rhododendron is an open hedgehog, and has adjusted really smoothly compared to what I often hear about with previously neglected rescues.

Still waiting on a baby boy, and with two hedgehogs, it'll be two times the fun!
02-09-2013 12:26 PM
MomLady
Re: An Unexpected Hedgehog

Good work. It appears that she has chosen you!

You are being a great mom to her.

Thanks for being an informed owner and providing a good home, heating, food, and wheel.

ML
02-09-2013 08:00 AM
shetland
Re: An Unexpected Hedgehog

I am truly enjoying the updates on her progress. How wonderful to see the positive changes in the caring forever home she should have had from day one. At least she has it now. What a difference you have made in her life.
02-08-2013 08:36 PM
Chihirolee3
Re: An Unexpected Hedgehog

Thank you for the encouragement I didn't mean to tear at heartstrings.

Oh, speaking of hourglass shape, her follow up appointment is next Tuesday. I stopped smashing her food after I stopped feeding her mealworms regularly, and now she eats like a normal Hedgehog. She's really plumped out. In the early pictures it is hard to tell she had an hourglass shape (it was noticeable, but not horrid), because she is curled up a bit or in someone's hands, but in my recent ones, she looks very sleek and is quite a pig (I have been feeding her more than normal because of her health, and she eats every bit). With her eating decent food, and pooping normal poop, I hope the stress that the vet found with her liver is gone (or diminishing). Her activity levels are going up and her overall self is improving and that speaks good signs for her health.
02-08-2013 05:49 PM
abbys
Re: An Unexpected Hedgehog

I just read this thread from the beginning and it broke my heart. Reading how they treated that poor baby (an hourglas shape!?!?) made me nauseated and I thought I would be sick. Thank you for saving this little hedgie and for giving her the love she deserves.
02-08-2013 01:36 PM
Chihirolee3
Re: An Unexpected Hedgehog

3rd week! Photos!!!

She's under the t-shirt in her cage. it had a small add on when I first got this cage, but I think I'm going to add a bigger one to accommodate her wheel, which will make it similar to my upcoming baby's cage. The duct taped area is where the tube was that connected the 2 stories. Once that addon is done, she's have a lot more room to stretch

None of that rocks have sharp edges, and I put so many down for 2 reasons. She had a few in her old cage that apparently was her only "toys" other than the wheel, and she seems to enjoy pushing them around her cage (which the little ones are for. The 2 bigger ones are to prevent her from burrowing under the fleece by her wheel and to prevent her from tipping her food and water. That bird toy came with the cage, and Rhododendron uses it a lot to anoint herself.

There is no "hideaway" for her (such as an igloo) because when I put one in, she not only ignored it, but pull out the tshirt and fleece I put in it, and curled up elsewhere. When I tried to put the house where she slept before, she just did the same thing. I tried this for a few days, and just gave up. She like to be cozy and covered up, but not by plastic I reckon. What a strange little girl




Rhododendron in all her inquisitive, huffy nature

And here is a picture of my husband holding her a week after we got her (she did not like the close up). Her tattered ears are all healed up now (I want a pair like them on a stuffed animal they are so cute). Every time he holds her, she tries to crawl up him and tries to anoint herself with his beard and tried to hide in it (my husband is not too fond of it but he keeps wanting to hold her).
02-01-2013 03:58 PM
Katis228
Re: An Unexpected Hedgehog

Yay! I'm so glad to hear she (and you!) are doing so well!!

Those goofy little quill balls sure know how to sneak their way into your heart, huh?
02-01-2013 03:01 PM
Chihirolee3
Re: An Unexpected Hedgehog

Another update!

WOW! 2 weeks as of thursday having her and her tattered ears are all cleared up and so cute looking and her skin is looks a billion times better!
I tried out hedgie toting her around the house while I did dishes and sewing and she seemed to really enjoy it. After I took her out to put her back into her cage, there was no huffing or anything (so I figured she must have enjoyed it) for that night.
She seems to really be warming up to me, and speaking of cage, I was able to give her a new one thanks to Kenzi That old one was too big (height wise) and was hard to heat. And thanks to Kenzi too, I didn't have to make a new wheel for her (she gave me a carolina storm wheel, which is SOOOOO much easier to clean). Rhododendron seems to be okay with being in a new cage, because as soon as I put her in it, she explored and explored and explored (I watched her for a good hour) before getting on her wheel and having the run of her life (lol). She ran 9 miles that night!

She is now a little piggy, eating everything I give her, so I am no longer giving her mealworms (that was all she'd eat at first) so now I can save that for treats. She is doing so much better, and she's really taken to my heart now that she's coming out of her shell.
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