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Hi my hedgehog is loosing quills but I'm not sure were exactly but sometimes i find quills in her cage and on her towel i hold her with.i'm very worried and need an answer and cure.:[

Hi, Jocelynn:

How old is your hedgehog?  Most hedgehogs go through one or more quillings during their first year of life.  So if you're within that period, quill loss is perfectly normal.

If not, have there been changes in your hedgehog's environment or food?  Any extra stress?  All of these things can cause quill loss (these are sensitive little guys)!

And hedgehogs lose some quills naturally, just as you and I shed hair.  New quills regrow to replace the ones that are lost.

Unless the quill loss is severe (i.e., involving the hedgie developing bald spots), it's probably nothing to worry about.  Severe quill loss can result from mites and they require treatment by a vet.

Also, a vet check never hurts.  

Best Wishes & Hedgie Blessings,



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Laurel Sedgwick


Can answer care, health, & behavioral questions, as well as basic breeding questions. Can help questioner figure out if a hedgehog is the right pet for them.


Have had hedgehogs since 2001 - 16 so far. I have no experience with non-weaned babies, and limited experience with breeding and with pregnant hedgehogs. I have had too much experience with WHS (Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome). I would rate myself "expert" at syringe-feeding, and as "advanced" at performing SubQs. Two of my hedgehogs have injured an eye to the point that it had to be surgically removed. I have had a lot of hedgehogs who suffered from cancer, some who had surgery and some who didn't. Some of my quilly kids have had abcessed teeth; one guy lost all of his teeth but one! I have had multiple female hedgehogs who suffered from bleeding, who had to have surgery for uterine cancer, which was in most cases successful. Temperamentally, I have had very timid hedgehogs, persistently grumpy hedgehogs, biting hedgehogs, and very friendly hedgehogs whom I took with me as "ambassadors" for educational presentations.

I am a Certified Judge for the IHA, and run a rescue station for the HWS. My application to be a rescue station for the IHA is pending.

I read everything I can get my hands on. Have read the best of the books, Dawn Wrobel's THE HEDGEHOG and Tig M-Burleson's THE HEDGEHOG PRIMER. I am a member of the International Hedgehog Association (IHA) and Hedgehog Welfare Society (HWS), and have been a member of various online bulletin board groups since 2002.
I have attended many hedgehog shows and have served as a judge in IHA conformation shows.

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