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Old 06-26-2018, 08:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello internet, I've had my hedgie Freddles for almost 3 months now. When I first got him he went through a growth spurt and gain a lot of weight. Since then, he has been losing eight every week. I just wanted stone opinions before I take him tio a very. He isn't acting weird, he doesn't poop a ton but his poops look good, he runs on his wheel at night, he is social with me and eats a few meal worms a day. Just wondering if I should be concerned. Here is his weight chart since I got him.

Freddles Weight
Week 1: 146 grams
Week 2: 191 grams
Week 3: 223 grams
Week 4: 225 grams. Growth spurt max
Week 5: 223 grams. Starts losing weight
Week 6: 221 grams
Week 7: 211 grams
Week 8: 212 grams
Week 9: 210 grams
Week 10: 197 grams. Weight this Week.
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What are you feeding him? Does he have food in his cage at all times?
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What are you feeding him? Does he have food in his cage at all times?
I am feeding him purina beyond chicken food. It has 33% protein and 15% fat and yes I leave fresh food for the whole day and change it at night before he gets active at dark.
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I would try switching to a better quality food to see if that helps. There is a lot of corn in that food and by-products, neither of which are healthy for hedgehogs.
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I would try switching to a better quality food to see if that helps. There is a lot of corn in that food and by-products, neither of which are healthy for hedgehogs.
Maybe I called it by the wrong name but the food I give has no by-products or corn.
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Purina is not a high quality brand regardless, so you are best to switch to a better quality as Nikki has already suggested.

Also try adding more insects to his diet. Crickets, dubia roaches, superworms and wax worms are more choices, the last two are fattier and helped my boy gain weight.

Also if he's pretty active and a runner, you could increase the fat % slightly on his food but will need to monitor and lower it again as he gets older.
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Purina is not a high quality brand regardless, so you are best to switch to a better quality as Nikki has already suggested.

Also try adding more insects to his diet. Crickets, dubia roaches, superworms and wax worms are more choices, the last two are fattier and helped my boy gain weight.

Also if he's pretty active and a runner, you could increase the fat % slightly on his food but will need to monitor and lower it again as he gets older.
What are you guys feeding your hedgies?
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