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Old 05-08-2019, 12:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default For being little they poop so much!!

My hog poops way more than I expected he would! Holy cow!! I feel like I have to clean his cage every 4 days! He pees a lot too! Like really! Maybe it’s just me. I feed him about 2 tablespoons of kibble and a snack here and there (veggie or fruit since he still hasn’t taken to worms) every night. I don’t think that’s too much. Any thoughts?
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No they do poo and wee a lot. Eventually wont think anything off it and you'll worry if it seems to have decreased
Try cook meat as snacks/treats chicken, duck, lamb, minced beef, turkey. Pork is okay but its very salty and fatty so be carful with how much and how often you feed it.
Fruit and veg shouldnt be fed loads as they dont have the right body part to digest plant matter very well

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Maybe it's a matter of perspective? The hedgehog I have (and the one I had for over a month prior) seem to poo very little. Their wheel may have plenty each morning and then there's some on the tray below the wheel. But that's it.

Compared to either guinea pigs or rabbits, that's nothing. Honestly, I'd say the piggies or rabbits poop literally 10 to 20 times as much (or more)! Rabbits can drop over 250 pellets per day. Guinea pigs can probably do a quarter of that.

Maybe I've been lucky or maybe it's the setup that seems to keep poos to the wheel or tray. Mine seems to be a walk in the park by comparison to those other pets.
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And for people who have never had either of those animals, hedgehogs do seem to poo a lot for small animals.
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To me it’s a lot for such a little guy! I’ve had lizards in the past and they pooped (and peed) maybe a quarter of my hog! He poops everywhere in his cage!! I’m going to change this liner today from care fresh to fleece, hopefully that helps contain it to his wheel area (where I’ll keep care fresh). Yikes! His name should’ve been pooper! Lol
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When it comes time to make the switch...
If you have a tray with litter under the wheel, I'd suggest taking some poos from the old set up and placing them in the tray. Hopefully that will give him the idea of where those poos should go.

I think, though, that you aren't going to be happy keeping carefresh under the wheel because you'll still have the same problem of it getting everywhere and sticking to everything. I use wood pellets (not shavings!) and they don't make such a mess. (I also use them for my rabbits since they absorb odor so wonderfully.) The wood pellets are super super cheap too. A 40 lb bag is just $5 to $7 (depending on where you live). If you've seen my cage photo, you may recall what they look like. They are also what my hedgehog breeder uses.

Yeah. Reptiles don't "go" very much. My snake probably goes just twice a month!

When we had female rats, they went poo way more than my hedgehog (and they were just a tad smaller).
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I think it's a matter of perspective too. When I was researching hedgehogs, it seemed like everybody who owned one said they went a ton, to the point where it honestly made me weary of getting one because of the consistency of their poop (compared to an animal like a rabbit) combined with the volume really wasn't the most attractive feature haha. But, I convinced myself that because I have guinea pigs, I could likely deal with anything... and let me tell you; cleaning Coco's cage is a walk in the park compared to the cleaning out my boys.

I have 2 male guinea pigs, and I also have 4 rabbits (2 females, 2 males - bonded group, so cleaning litter boxes is my daily life lol) and one of my boys is a 6kg+ Giant French Lop - essentially, he poops a ton compared to your average size bun. Because I own those types of animals, I feel like Coco creates hardly any mess. Even when I watched videos from folks who owned hedgehogs prior to deciding to adopt one, their hogs wheels always seemed to be absolutely caked in faeces - but although Coco leaves me a daily mess on her wheel, its like 1-2 poops max and takes me no more than 2 minutes to clean. All her other mess is contained to her litter tray that I clean twice a week, and I only have to wash her liners every 2 weeks and her enclosure always looks spotless... If i practiced that same cleaning routine with either my guinea pigs or my rabbits, they would look like a neglect commercial. And my rabbits are free-range indoor/outdoor buns, so it has nothing to do with enclosure size either.

Hog mess is nothing to me. Guinea pigs and rabbits... whole different ball game haha. I think it's because hedgehogs are solitary animals too, whereas guinea pigs and rabbits must be kept in at least a pair, so the mess for them is automatically double the load.
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To me it’s a lot for such a little guy! I’ve had lizards in the past and they pooped (and peed) maybe a quarter of my hog!
Haha yeah it’s DEFINITELY a change from reptiles. Not only do reptiles tend to process their food slower, their waste in my opinion tends to be... I don’t know... discreet? The Uric acid tends to pool into a nice small pile and the poop is usually right on top haha. Compare that to a hedgehog who has a very routine waste cycle and I can see where it would seem like a big difference!
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I’m going to return the wood shavings I have for the pellets tomorrow! I saw them too, darn it! I didn’t change/clean out his cage today after all but tomorrow for sure!!

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I think, though, that you aren't going to be happy keeping carefresh under the wheel because you'll still have the same problem of it getting everywhere and sticking to everything. I use wood pellets (not shavings!) and they don't make such a mess. (I also use them for my rabbits since they absorb odor so wonderfully.) The wood pellets are super super cheap too. A 40 lb bag is just $5 to $7 (depending on where you live). If you've seen my cage photo, you may recall what they look like. They are also what my hedgehog breeder uses. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forums/images/smilies/icon_eek.gif[/IMG]
I found Kay Tee brand wood pellets, is that the ones you use? I tried to post picture but it’s not working.
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