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Old 06-08-2014, 02:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have had my heggie for just under a week but he has not really eaten nor drunk much of anything. I've read that they tend to take awhile to get used to their surroundings but i am a little bit worried. I took his wheel out of the cage to see if it helps(read a breeders page and they recommended that you do) but i want to make sure there isnt anything wrong with him. the breeder i got him from is licensed and respected.
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Old 06-08-2014, 09:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If he's not been eating for nearly a week, that's a pretty big concern. In my opinion, if you're sure he hasn't eaten or is barely eating, it's probably time to start syringe-feeding him to make sure that he gets something into his stomach. Often when they stop eating, they start feeling crappy for not eating, and it makes them continue to not want to eat...so the whole cycle just gets worse.

A few questions, just to check for other possible issues...What are you feeding him? Is it the same food he got from the breeder? Are you just guessing that he hasn't eaten much because it doesn't look like much is gone? Or are you counting/weighing/measuring the food in some way? And what's the temperature of his cage?

Some other things you can try...Try putting some food in bed with him, in case he's just so freaked out he's not coming out much. If you're not already, I would start counting, weighing, or measuring the amount of food you're putting in the bowl, then check again in the morning so you can get a better idea on if he's eating anything at all on his own or not. It may cause a bit of green poop from the new thing, but if you want, you could try getting some wet food & see if that seems more enticing to him at all.
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