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Old 09-19-2011, 09:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Cato - Not Eating?

I brought 7 week old Cato home two days ago. On the ride back he didn't seem very scared at all, he was taking it nicely. His first day home, I put 2 tbsp of food in his cage. He seemed timid on the ramp, but he was going up and down it. He ran on his flying saucer, though it looked a bit akward. In the morning my dad saw him eating, but I didn't notice much food was gone. His poop was normal, and there was a lot of it on the wheel.
The next day, I took him out for a couple of hours and handled him. Then I put him back in his cage and he raced down the ramp. I decided to crush his food this time, giving him smaller pieces to eat. I also took all the big bits and uncrushed kibble, and I sprinkled them on the bottom level, and trailed them on the toplevel towards his food dish. This morning I noticed that all the kibble I'd sprinkled was eaten, but once again, there was not a noticable amount of food gone from the dish. What's the problem here?


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Old 09-19-2011, 10:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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He needs to have food, water and a bed on both levels until you are 100% certain he is easily going up and down the ramp. Many hedgehogs will not use ramps and will either choose not to use one at all, or will go up but not down, or will go down, but not up.
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Okay, I will place some food and water on the bottom level as well. Though, he has used the ramp so far because both nights he's been running around on the bottom, then I find him in his bed upstairs in the morning. Is it normal for him to not eat in the first while?
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It's fairly normal for them not to eat the first night, but should start eating after that with increasing amounts as he becomes comfortable. You can also put some of his food in his bed because often if they won't get up to eat, they will eat in the security of bed.
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It's fairly normal for them not to eat the first night, but should start eating after that with increasing amounts as he becomes comfortable. You can also put some of his food in his bed because often if they won't get up to eat, they will eat in the security of bed.
Thank you, it's only been two nights so I hope he eats a little more. I also put kibble in his bed in the morning but he hasn't touched it because he's sleeping. I hope that after I handle him, Cato will eat those kibble.
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If he doesn't eat overnight you will need to start syringe feeding him tomorrow. Give him food and water on both levels as well as some loose kibbles in his bed. Also give him a separate dish with some dampened kibble in it just in case he is having difficulty with the food.

Is he eating the same kibble he was on before you got him?
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If he doesn't eat overnight you will need to start syringe feeding him tomorrow. Give him food and water on both levels as well as some loose kibbles in his bed. Also give him a separate dish with some dampened kibble in it just in case he is having difficulty with the food.

Is he eating the same kibble he was on before you got him?
He was eating the same kibble. Though, I did crush it, so I am putting more whole kibbles in his dish, too. As well as spreading a lot over the ground. He seems to like it when it's sprinkled. I think I'll make him a dig box so he can entertain himself while eating. Cato likes adventure, so I think I'll make a couple of new toys.
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I moistened his kibble and put it in his playpen, and he started eating from it. He ate around a tablespoon amount. In the night, He ate around twenty of the kibbles I sprinkled, and around half a tablespoon of the food in his dish. Thank you SO MUCH, Nancy! I really don't know what I would've done without your advice.
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You're very welcome. I'm glad I could help and he is now eating well.
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