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Old 03-24-2013, 12:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

So, as can be seen in the title, I have a question about hedgie weights. I have two hedgies, one male and one female (they do everything separately), and while the male seems to be at a good weight and body shape the female does not. Sputnik, the female, was the runt of her litter. When we brought her home and took her to the vet she only weighed 52 grams (Yozhik, the male, weighed 124, and he's two weeks older). The vet didn't think she would make it especially since, on the ride home, she suffered some eye trauma. However, her eye healed up great and she made it through those first crucial weeks. That was back in the beginning of December. She's very skittish still (I don't think she was handled a lot), but she is getting better with me. Back in February, she went back to the vet with Yozhik, and when they were weighed, Yozhik was 300 grams and she weighed 236. Now, a little over a month later Yozhik weighs 358 and she weighs 233. Her sides also seem to form a slight )( shape when stretched out. She's still really active though, eats and drinks A LOT (more than Yozhik), runs in her wheel a lot, poops and pees normally and healthily, and her eyes, skin, and quills seem very healthy too. So my question is: is she losing weight and should I be concerned or has she reached her weight cap earlier than Yozhik? Yozhik turned five months at the beginning of March and Sputnik just turned five months. I know she won't ever be his size because she is a runt, but I'm worried she's too small. They are both on a diet of the low fat indoor adult cat variety of Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul and Wellness. They also get mealworms, crickets, grasshoppers, and sometimes little pieces of apples or bananas.

Sorry this is so long, but I'm really worried!
Any input is very appreciated!

Thanks!
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can try adding some kitten food to her mix to help bring the fat content up. Some hedgies are just harder to keep weight on and need the extra boost from the kitten food.
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Thanks! What kind of kitten food would you suggest? I can go to the store tomorrow and get some.
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When I was breeding I used Royal Canin Babycat 34, but any good quality kitten food would work. I've heard the Chicken Soup kitten food is good as well.
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Thank you very much! I will look for that tomorrow at the store!
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