I got road quill a few days ago from a lady that posted him on craigslist. I went to see him and she seems like a backyard dog breeder,I think that's the word. Animals everywhere! When I asked her why she was selling him her answer was that she breeds them for fun! poor baby was in a small dog kennel that was covered in poop and what looked like straw. I couldn't get him in that instant so I went back after I had the money. I got him and again, he was covered,I stress the word, covered in poop. He's got really bad dry skin and his quills are falling.not only that but initially his poops were small and green.now their about the size of the tip of a key and just as wide not to mention dark brown borderline black... He sleeps all the time and he hisses whenever I try to hold him and balls up tightly... I don't know what to do! I've given him all the essentials and I don't know if i'm doing enough.
First thing I did when he came home was give him a bath and let him be (since the day was alot for him to take) in his new home. I got lucky once and was able to trim his back nails that were almost curled in. but what worries me mostly is his very flaky skin and the lack of night "life". He's about 7-8 months old.
Last edited by fallen; 06-19-2012 at 12:19 PM. Reason: android made me misspell :)
Poor guy!! I would recommend a vet visit asap. The quills falling could be a number of things. He may not be as old as she claimed and is quilling, could be nutritional or mites, or both.
As for his bad attitude. Lack of socialization, quilling, mites, hungry, and a new environment can all lead towards that. Be patient, be kind, and consistent, and he'll likely come around.
Aww, what a lucky little guy that he found you I agree with Stasi and think a visit to the vet for a check up is a top priority, especially because you can never be sure of his background. Then seeing as hedgies are nocturnal I would probably suggest letting him sleep during the day then handling him when he is most awake and comfortable at night. Turn any bright lights off and handle him during the evening in a quiet and darkish space. Find out what his fave treat is and see if you can coax him out. I am sure with time and gentle perseverance he will soon warm up to you and look forward to spending time with you
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I'm looking up vets in my area right now
Last night he let me play with him a bit at night (that's when i do it just to be safe). Im hoping i can help him, i was offered a baby hedgehog by someone else and i almost took him but when i saw in the state this little guy was i decided to take him in and try to help him... i hope i really really hope he can let me in
There are a few articles on here about bonding, and some of them have been so helpful to me with Reia. The biggest thing I stress that has worked WONDERS for me, is taking a treat he likes (Reia loves Mealies) and rubbing it between your palms or even under your armpit. It sounds odd, but it worked WONDERS for Reia and I. Pinto and Stasi are both right, it's going to take time, it definitely won't happen over night, but it sounds like he is very lucky to have someone scoop him up and give him a loving home. <3
~Sam, the always worried Mommy~
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