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I just have ask a few questions. :)
First off "Mr. Popples" (makes me laugh every time) is 15 months old, and we've had him for 1 week and 1 day. His previous family seemed to have been responsible owners.
Mr.Popples seems to be warming up to us rather quickly, which from what I've read, is surprisingly fast. We spend about an hour, from 8pm to 9pm, give or take, with him each evening. He doesn't pop and/or hiss anymore when we go to pick him up, unless we wake him, which I understand to be normal grumpy behavior when being woken unexpectedly (I am a morning person myself, but from my observations, as a wife and mother, this is perfectly normal human behavior as well).
He is a healthy eater, drinker, and poo'er. We have fleece blankets as liners in a 2 bin (rubbermaid) enclosure connected by pvc. He seems to be an almost too healthy poo'er, as we have to change and wash the liners daily. He so far has refused to use the litter, and may be too old to little train? I have read that semi-loose and/or discolored poo can be normal in a possibly stressed hedgehog. Is this correct? His poo (I haven't talked poo this much since my first child was born) mostly seems to be normal with little odd ones popping out every once in a while. On a side note: He did get the runs yesterday after my daughters and her friends decided it would be a good idea to stay up all Saturday night with him and feed him ferret treats. He has recovered from being over-snacked, and his poo appeared normal today, and everyone got a stern talking to. At what age does their digestive system begin to slow or act up?
We attempted a bath in the sink to wash he nasty poo'ey feet and he didn't freak out other than trying to get away and down into my shirt, which startled me, but was otherwise pretty humorous. We've tried the bathtub as well a couple of time already, which worked much better, although he tends to be extremely hyper after. I assume that is normal?
He does indeed love the wheel (16 in solid plastic, not wire). It is hilarious to watch him run on the wheel for 30 seconds, jump off, run through the tube to the other enclosure, around the igloo hut, sniff his food and water, then back through the tube, jump in the litter pan, and it's back to the wheel for another 30 seconds or so and repeat, and repeat, and repeat, etc.... But, he seems to be rather clumsy on the wheel at times. The first night he kept tripping while running on it, which freaked me out until I realized he was not tripping, but instead slipping. I bought some of those bathtub traction sticker things, which seem to be helping, but he still seems a bit clumsy.
And the final two things: One, which does seem to be abating, is sneezing. He was sneezing like crazy the first few nights. Like I said tho, the sneezing does seem to have abated, so I am wondering if it maybe was just all the new smells?
The second is he seems to tire easily (I am in my 30's also and tire easily sometime too). The first night we had him he just collapsed on the wheel spread-eagle. He looked totally pooped, the poor little guy. Tonight, however, freaked me out. He woke on his own, and I came in to watch him run before taking him out, but he wasn't running. He was half on and half off of the wheel. His bottom and hind legs were perched on the wheel. His front half was hanging off and he was just laying on his face and was...just lying there. I watch him run every night and so far have not witnessed him fall off of the wheel. Now, the bedroom light had been turned on by daughter, and I have noticed that he tends to be light sensitive, so I'm not sure if it was the light, sleepiness, laziness, or something else. The attached picture is an example if him exhibiting, what seems to me to be tiredness. Maybe, hopefully, we just have a lazy Mr. Popples.
With the new place, the new people, and the new stuff maybe he was just overstimulated and exhausted, I don't know, we may just be overwhelming him in all our excitement, but was hoping maybe someone would have some insight?
I am concerned most about these last two and we have an appointment with the vet just to be sure anyway, even if just for a wellness exam and help with little hind toenails (they have turned out to be difficult, to say the least). As far as diet is concerned, his previous family fed him dry cat food in the morning, wet food in the evening, and cottage cheese as an infrequent treat. We are sticking to that for now, but are planning on working out a better diet plan with the vet at our appointment.
Anyways, thanks for reading my novel and any comments, concerns, and/or questions are welcome.
~J
 

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Re: Geberal Health: Newbie Questions

Thank you for the reply!
We've taken the ferret treats completely away, and he is currently only eating the dry food. His poo has normalized.
AND....Mr. Popples received a clean bill of health from the vet. No URI, no mites or skin conditions, no parasites in stool culture, no sedation, and he was well mannered. She said he was perfectly healthy and happy.

SWEET!
~J
 
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