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Have I done something to scare my hedgie, or is this normal?

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I'm going to start this off by saying, I have not had Biscuit for 3 weeks yet. I know, I know......he's not supposed to much care for me yet :p But the thing is, over the first two weeks of him being with me, every day there was an improvement (sometimes dramatic) of how he interacted with me. It was nothing like what I expected, he would crawl on me, sleep on me, sleep in my clothes as I would wear them (haha....he tickled when he moved), let me pet him some, sleep in the worn t-shirt I have for him in his cage, and really took me by surprise with how quickly he took to me.

Unfortunately, that was for the first two weeks....the last week or so he seems to be behaving more like expected. Defensive, rolling up in tight balls when I try to pick him up, lots of hissing, scared of my movements, and doesn't sleep in the worn t-shirt I keep in his cage any more. When I have him out of the cage, he seems scared to really do much of anything. He'll eat some food if I put it in front of him, but he doesn't play with toys and explore like he was.

I'm worried that I might have done something to scare him from me (what, I don't know). Is that a possibility? I guess I would chalk it up to him just acting like a hedgehog should, but him not sleeping in the t-shirt in his cage like me was has me wondering if he is associating my scent with something negative. Thanks for any input!
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I do not know the exact age of your baby, but they go through a quilling at 6 weeks, 8 weeks and 12 weeks. There behavior almost always will change while quilling. Sometimes a nice warm bath with Aveeno oatmeal bath will help.
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