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Old 05-14-2012, 12:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hedgehog's urine has started to smell?

I haven't really had any troubles with the smell of Rory's litter tray but in the past week or so his urine has really began to smell very strongly. I clean out his tray on a daily basis but the smell each morning is shocking! He is just over 8 months old.
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Old 05-14-2012, 03:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you kept track of his water intake? has that changed? Are you using a bowl or bottle?
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I believe we're thinking along the same lines Immortalia - that the little guy may be dehydrated.
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He drinks out of a bowl. I change the water every day and check the levels and he has always drank a good amount each night
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If he's drinking normally, it may be a boy puberty thing. I never noticed much change with my boy though, but every hedgie is different and maybe someone who's raised multiple boys may have more input.

It wouldn't be a bad idea to try using white liners and paper towel only just to see what colour his urine is. Do you have him urinating more? Another thought is a uti, as bacteria tend to smell more as well.
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If what everyone else has mentioned is fine, has it gotten hot and humid where you live? I find they always smell stronger when it's humid.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for your input guys. I have noticed he has been peeing a little more than usual. I'll get the bacteria infection in mind and follow your advice. As for the weather getting hotter there hasn't been much change where I live although it is meant to be summer but we're getting the typical British weather!
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