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Old 05-01-2013, 01:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New hedgehog- help with transition?

I got my new hedgehog on Saturday morning and while he's super friendly and sweet, I'm worried he's not eating much, if really at all. He's about 6.5w old. The breeder was feeding her hedgies Purina One and the Insectivore stuff and I asked if I could have a bit of it to introduce him to the stuff I want to feed him but she didn't give it to me and I forgot to ask when I got there in the excitement of it all. Short of going to get some Purina One & Insectivore stuff, is there any way I can make his transition easier? I heard him eating on Saturday night but I've not really seen/heard him eat since then and he didn't touch any of the fruit that I put in there nor will he touch any fruit that I put on a plate for him to sniff around when I have him out. I'm gonna start counting pieces tonight to see if he's eating at all. He seems to be pooping and until about 20 minutes ago, all of his poops are "formed" (i've only had one watery poop) and I've seen him pee a few times.

Basically, any advice to calm my new hedgehog mommy worries?
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I do know that sometimes they don't eat as much the first few days in their new home. I know it sounds tedious but counting kibble is a good place to start really tracking how much he is eating. Also some hedgehogs are pretty picky. If your hedgie is getting all new brands he isn't used to maybe try adding another to the mix to see if he takes better to that? If you know of or figure out any "treats" maybe mix kibble in to get him to try it. (It unfortunately didn't work for but when I was trying to get my stubborn hedgie to try mealworms someone suggested hiding them in his favorite baby food...Henry out-smarted me and would eat the baby food and spit the worm back out haha but it's worth a shot!)

Sorry if that wasn't much help...good luck!
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I do know that sometimes they don't eat as much the first few days in their new home. I know it sounds tedious but counting kibble is a good place to start really tracking how much he is eating. Also some hedgehogs are pretty picky. If your hedgie is getting all new brands he isn't used to maybe try adding another to the mix to see if he takes better to that? If you know of or figure out any "treats" maybe mix kibble in to get him to try it. (It unfortunately didn't work for but when I was trying to get my stubborn hedgie to try mealworms someone suggested hiding them in his favorite baby food...Henry out-smarted me and would eat the baby food and spit the worm back out haha but it's worth a shot!)

Sorry if that wasn't much help...good luck!
That's a good idea, actually. I was going to go and get some baby food tomorrow to try, too in hopes that maybe he'd like something from that instead. I hope it works!
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Good news! I just went to check on my daughter who's asleep in the same room he's in and I saw him eating. I'm not counting pieces at all until later so I don't bug him but it's clear that he was eating some of the food and some of the strawberry pieces I put in there
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