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Old 03-28-2015, 07:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I'm a bit concerned about my hedgie, flipfop, she's not been up on her wheel for a few nights and hasn't seemed to be touching her food and water much! She's deffinatly warm enough and when I get her out she's happy sniffing around and curls up and sleeps on me, should I be worried?
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Old 03-28-2015, 11:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, you should. Not eating enough food can quickly turn into a major issue for hedgehogs. Do you monitor how much she eats? If you don't, start now, by measuring, weighing, or counting. If she's eating very little, counting will give you the best idea of if she's eating anything at all or not.

In the meantime, since she's not eating, you need to syringe-feed her food and water. Here's our syringe-feeding sticky with more info -

As for causes...You said she's warm enough, which is good. Does she have a light schedule of 12-14 hours of light during the day? What food do you give her? How old is the bag? Sometimes older bags of food will get stale & hedgie will stop eating as much. New bags can sometimes have a formula change that changes the taste enough to throw a hedgie off eating.

If it's none of those things, tonight, try giving her some regular kibble, some kibble soaked in water so it's soft, and maybe one other option (like canned food or baby food, whatever you syringe feed her if you get something besides her kibble). If she goes for soft foods willingly, that can point to an issue with her mouth and/or teeth.

If she goes for soft food or continues to not eat on her own, it's vet time, sometime in the next couple of days, as soon as you can get her in. If her not eating isn't caused by her food being old, then you'll need the vet's help to figure out what's going on. Good luck!
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My brother's hedgehog has the same issue now. We usually give him around 55 to 60 pebbles every night. For the past two days he ate only like 10 - 15 pebbles each night. He did have normal amount of poops yesterday when my bro cleaned his cage. Today though he had just 3 medium poops. I think he didn't run much last night as well since the cage was pretty clean.

We changed the linen on Monday, and he was fine that night. There were only about 5 pebbles left in the bowl. So I'm not sure if the linen has any effect on his appetite. The piece of fleece has been used many times before and there was no problem before.

Now I wish I weigh him every week, as we weigh him once a month only. I guess I'll have to weigh him every day for the time being and check if his weight goes down a lot.
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