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Old 07-29-2018, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Baby won't eat or poop

Hi everyone, one of my new baby hedgehogs seems to have stopped eating a couple days ago. We had a little luck feeding him some baby food yesterday but he didn't want it today. He also doesn't seem to be drinking much although we just put a water dish in his cage to see if he will drink from that (he has the bottle). I can't see any poop in his cage either, maybe just one poop over the span of a couple days. He also seems to be very shaky today which he wasn't for the first few days we had him. He's still active, wakes up a lot during the day, runs on his wheel, we take him out to explore the house. Today he was also running on his wheel but just wobbly. The temperature in his cage today was 78 and drops down to about 75 at night. I will be taking him to the vet but they are closed today and would be very grateful for any advice.
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Old 08-02-2018, 07:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi, how's he doing now? Did you already take him to the vet?

Hoping his appetite improved but always best to start syringe feeding if they go longer than 24hours without eating anything or very little. They need to eat approx 20mls a day otherwise they can quickly deteriorate. There is a syringe feeding tutorial and advice on the forum if you need help with how to do it (if you can't find it I'll attach the link for you). Also in that post, there are two brands of food recommended for syringe feeding and are to help boost the appetite of hedgies who are sick or lost their appetite (Hills AD and Carnivore care so you could try one of these if he's still having problems).

If he hasn't pooped either he could be dehydrated, make sure the water bottle is working and he knows where it is etc but that was definitely a good shout putting a water dish in, most people on here recommend them over a bottle (they provide a more natural way for them to drink and are less dangerous). You can also syringe some water if you still don't think he's drinking /is not pooping or poos are small/thin/hard.

I don't use farenheit but the temp change from day to night might be too much for him, especially if he is a baby. Are you using a heat set (CHE lamp with a thermostat)?

Let us know how he's doing.
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