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Old 04-11-2016, 09:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My name is Steven, I had a hedgehog 5 years ago and she was great. After she passed I played around with aquariums and I came across an add online of someone who was dealing with some personal health issues and could no longer care for her hedgie as well as before. I adopted her and picked her up yesterday. She is 1 year old and seems to be larger and more active then my previous hedgie. She warmed up to me quite fast and when I put her in her cage she ran around and started digging for a few moments and ran to the wheel. She ran for 3 hours and was still running when i went to sleep. I did see her go an sip on some water a few times but went straight back to running. When I woke up this morning she was asleep on her wheel and it does not look like she ate anything. Is that bad?

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Old 04-11-2016, 09:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It could be her normal activity. It could be stress from the move. Did you offer her the same food that her previous owner was feeding?
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It could be her normal activity. It could be stress from the move. Did you offer her the same food that her previous owner was feeding?


Yup. The previous owner gave me a whole bag of what she was feeding her.
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Then it could be stress, "new place, I need to run away" the drive to drink can be stronger than hunger, or just her normal activity. She may grab a bit randomly through the day.
Best thing to do is measure her food, either by weight or counting, when you give it to her and again when you change it out.
Right now you are still learning what is normal for her so knowing how much she eats on average will help greatly. It might be beneficial to reach out the the previous owner to find out if this is normal behavior and the general amount she eats. Although I'd take that info with a grain of salt. But you may be able to find out op if she has a favorite treat to lure her to eating. The big thing is don't let her go more than a couple days without eating. If she doesn't eat for a couple days, you need to syringe feed her.
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Then it could be stress, "new place, I need to run away" the drive to drink can be stronger than hunger, or just her normal activity. She may grab a bit randomly through the day.
Best thing to do is measure her food, either by weight or counting, when you give it to her and again when you change it out.
Right now you are still learning what is normal for her so knowing how much she eats on average will help greatly. It might be beneficial to reach out the the previous owner to find out if this is normal behavior and the general amount she eats. Although I'd take that info with a grain of salt. But you may be able to find out op if she has a favorite treat to lure her to eating. The big thing is don't let her go more than a couple days without eating. If she doesn't eat for a couple days, you need to syringe feed her.


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Then it could be stress, "new place, I need to run away" the drive to drink can be stronger than hunger, or just her normal activity. She may grab a bit randomly through the day.
Best thing to do is measure her food, either by weight or counting, when you give it to her and again when you change it out.
Right now you are still learning what is normal for her so knowing how much she eats on average will help greatly. It might be beneficial to reach out the the previous owner to find out if this is normal behavior and the general amount she eats. Although I'd take that info with a grain of salt. But you may be able to find out op if she has a favorite treat to lure her to eating. The big thing is don't let her go more than a couple days without eating. If she doesn't eat for a couple days, you need to syringe feed her.


So I talked to the previous owner and she said she was never a really big eater. She also mentioned she did not give the hedgies any treats. Anything specific I should try? She was pretty active yesterday but today shes been sleeping a whole lot and not moving much. I think she ate a little yesterday night her bowl was empty but there were pieces of kibble everywhere. Her tank is about 75 degrees so I do not think that she is cold.
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Try insects like cockroaches and most vegetables will work as well.
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