Is quilling painful for hedgehogs?
Quilling can be a painful process for the hedgehog. The holes left behind by the old quills are small, and the new quills, which are thicker, have to grow through the small holes. If the new quills have a coarse surface, then the hedgehog will experience pain during the quilling process.
How long does it take for a hedgehog to stop quilling?
Around six to eight weeks they lose their soft baby quills to gain stronger ones. They usually quill again around four to six months, but don’t be surprised if it happens a little past their first year. This is because they are growing fortified adult spines.
Do hedgehogs sleep more when quilling?
As for quilling, its a painful process and can make some grumpy, I could see them sleeping more as it would be an escape. You can check his back and see if you can see new quills poking up through. Just make sure he’s eating and adjusting to his new home, and all will be well.
Do hedgehog’s quills change color?
Hedgehog spines or quills can range in color from an almost black band to a very pale peach color in the banding. The spines may be banded or solid white. Hedgehogs may actually change color variations as they mature and get older.
What does it look like when a hedgehog is quilling?
Young hedgehogs are at the prime age for quilling. Look at the spines that have fallen out to see if they are smaller than most of the remaining quills and to see if they have a bulb shaped root on one tip. Another sign of quilling is that you can see new quills growing in to replace shed quills.
What should you do if your hedgehog is rolled into a ball?
It’s okay to scoop him or her up if she has rolled into a ball. Hold your hedgehog (try cradling your hedgie on one hand or forearm and placing the other hand gently over his or her back for security) or place him or her in your lap. Most will unroll fairly quickly if they feel safe and will begin exploring.