*I know this is a long post but PLEASE read! Felix and I need you!*
I just bought my hedgehog, Felix, a few days ago & everything had been going great.
The first night he slept just fine, the next day he was still fine & him and I cuddled while I watched TV, he laid in his sleep sac while I did homework on my desk, and he did some exploring (but not too much). Well the next day (Yesterday) he was fine in the morning--took him a little while to come out from his cage but I know he still is not used to my smell or voice---but while I was getting ready for work and had him with me but just in his sleep sack still he started huffing/hissing, jumping around, and actually jumping out at whatever he was huffing/hissing at.
He would not calm down, even when I tried holding him, rocking him, cooing at him. It is literally like a light switch went & he just was so unhappy/scared.
I put him in his cage and went to work, I work in a bar so it was the afternoon (we still have a strange schedule since I got him home so late/just getting used to stuff), he was still very unhappy & wouldnt go in his bed even.
When I got home from work I found him outside his sleepsack, not covered in any blankets which worried me more than ever.
I had bought all new things for his cage because the bedding was too messy and I wanted him to be toasty so I had to take him out for his cage to get it cleaned.
He wouldn't come to me after almost an hour of cooing, letting him smell my hands...all he did was go crazy and run like he was "looking" for something, digging in all 4 corners of the cage, then getting upset and ran again, etc.
I would say I would think he was playing but he was hissing and huffing, all quilled up while he did it. He was certainly unhappy.
When I finally picked him up he was just beside himself and i tried calming him down with his sleep sac and to snuggle and he went in and went CRAZY. He was hissing, clicking, he did not want to be in that snuggle sack so I took him out.
Since I had to change his cage I had to put him somewhere where he was safe, first I put him in his new running ball that he hadnt been in yet and he curled up in a ball and didnt move. Then I moved the ball and put it on the couch to be "comfy" and he fell asleep but it was so soon after (not sure if he was actually sleeping) that it worried me. So I took him out and put him in a tote container with a few new stuffed animals and blankets I got.
He was freaking out which I knew was normal but he eventually fell asleep.
I changed out his cage, put a soft material bedding down, added his new bowl for food and water, tried to add a litterbox but the one I bought didn't fit correctly (need help on finding litterboxes they use---size wise), and then had to wake him to put him and his toys in.
He didnt like that at all..and of course was huffed/hissing at his new crate
He started running around the edges and actually tried climbing the sides of his cage (which has me super worried) and fell into his water dish a couple times he just wouldnt calm down
I left him alone though and went to bed
When I woke up this morning his cage was "messy" but I assume that to be a good sign of exploring.
However there was poop squished everywhere--on the sides, on his stuffed animal. I know I didnt have a little box so I planned for him to go and I just had to clean it up but I found it odd how it was squished and randomly everywhere.
As of now I am at work and I hope he is sleeping
I am just very worried because his behavior is very bipolar it seems
He is almost 2 months old and I believe his has started quilling which I know makes them irritable but just the 360 in his behavior was startling.
I would give him an oatmeal bath as suggested to help with the quilling, rub his quills, cuddle him, etc but he seems to just hate me right now. I'm afraid if I put him in water he would just die from fear.
Can someone please let me know what I can do for him...I just want him to be happy and to enjoy his home.
I know he will take a while to get used to everything but the startling change of behavior has really made me worry...one minute he was snuggling and relaxed then he became super paranoid.
Thank you...any help/advice is appreciated.