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Old 06-30-2010, 10:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got my first hedgehog last week from someone who was unable to take care of her.
She is a few months old and so cute! BUT her poo? It smells like throw up. She goes when she is running on her wheel and its fairly easy to clean up but I'm still just wondering why and if I can change that.

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Old 06-30-2010, 10:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What food is she on? And if you mean changing the pooping on the wheel habit, there's nothing you can really do, as hedgehogs go to the bathroom while on the move. You may get lucky once in awhile and get a hedgehog who is a clean freak and won't go on the wheel, but most do.
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If there is any form of fish or seafood in the food that can make their poop smell pretty nasty.
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no no. I don't mind her going on the wheel. I meant I want to change the smell.
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If you can, can you please list the foods you feed your hedgie?
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I actually don't even know what the food is. the lady I got her from had put what was left in a different container (there wasn't much left) and so now I'm using that up and need to start switching over to something else before I run out.
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This is the recommended dry cat food list here in HHC. I think most people purchase a couple of different brands and then mix them together.

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try hamor hollow hedgehog's mix..
yeah fish gives hedgie the runs so stay away from an all or mostly fish diet..chicken works better.

yes..it IS a mix diet. Premium edge CANNOT be fed alone..it makes a pooey mess.
I find that baby gasX(simethecone??) in small drops mixed into food works.

DO use a SMALL amount(few tiny drops tops). IT WILL constipate if you use too much but it will cut the odor and amounts of small poo to a minimum.

would look at litter type if it smells really bad. try white(non wax) shred (right from the office) or carefr(esh) betting in the green bag in the pet isle.

Id use that or shred... aspen, though useable stick to EVERYTHING and is a PAIN to get out of where it doesnt belong. feel like im washing the forest half the time...

..either way you have bedding all over the house with a hedgie, so get used to it.(even if all you do is clean the cage)

and change the cage more often...once a week for shred MAX, week or one and a half week for the other.

and sometimes...they just have GAS.
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yes..it IS a mix diet. Premium edge CANNOT be fed alone..it makes a pooey mess.
I find that baby gasX(simethecone??) in small drops mixed into food works.

DO use a SMALL amount(few tiny drops tops). IT WILL constipate if you use too much but it will cut the odor and amounts of small poo to a minimum.

would look at litter type if it smells really bad. try white(non wax) shred (right from the office) or carefr(esh) betting in the green bag in the pet isle.
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You shouldn't have to give your hedgie baby gasX, if you have to give it regularly then there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Also, shredded office paper is NOT a good bedding, its not absorbant and is cold when it gets wets. Its not a healthy choice.
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Hello. How old is this hedgehog? Is she still young enough to be considered a baby ? If so, it may not be the food at all but may just be that she is a baby and is in a new home. Baby hedgehogs can have a much stronger smell than they do as they become adults. It usually gets better.

Couple of thoughts. If you are certain this smell is from a bad diet, you can get some new food and slowly start to incorporate it. I'm also a big fan of using probiotics to help with stool issues. You can also try adding a bit of probiotics to help settle her GI. I use acidolphilus, found in the dietary/vitamin supplement section of your human pharmacy. Acidolphilus may help with the smell if it is being caused by an upset GI.
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