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Old 12-12-2010, 05:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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is it normal for a hedgehog to start losing "baby fat" after age 5 month?

my girl keeps losing weight. running just as much as day 1, but consistently losing weight. 3-4 hours a night, 8-9 hour dark nights.

274g when she arrived, last night shes 239g. is this normal? she has not hit 260g in a while.

my food is 30% protein and 15% fat. should i feed him some fattier.
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know if it's normal, but my boy Cholla is about 9 months old or so now. He got up to about 310 & is down to about 266 now. Don't know really why, everything looks good. I think it's just because he runs so much (like 6-8 hours a night).
I have started to add waxworms as a treat, along with more mealies.

What is everything else like? Has the food changed? Is she still eating the same amount? Poop look good? I don't know, but just thought I would share my experience.
*edited to correct Cholla's age*
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No, that weight loss is not normal. If she is an avid runner she may be running all the weight off. You can give her a higher fat food and see if that helps.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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everything seems normal other then her poop being black, but her poop has always been black.

shes eating normal and very active.

so higher fat food...shes on 15% fat right now...should i be trying 20%?

should i be seriously worried?
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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What kind of food does your hedgie eat? I just ask because it might help to figure out what would be good to try adding to it
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:08 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Are you sure her poop is black and not a very dark brown or is it dark green. Rub it in a paper towel to see for sure. What texture is it when fresh? It should be almost like toothpaste texture? Poop when dried out can look black.
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Old 12-17-2010, 06:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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sorry. my mistake. it took 2 days but i finally got a good look at his poop when its fresh and it is a darker brown. so far his weight is stable...at 244g hopefully it stays that way...thanks guys.
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