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Old 10-30-2019, 11:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I've had my hedgie for about 2 months now, he's around 16 weeks old. But the past few days he's been licking literally everything and anything, plus trying to eat my fingers. Not aggressively, but enough for concern. Plus he hasn't been eating his own food as much. Does this warrant a vet visit? Or am I overreacting?
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Old 10-30-2019, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you sure he's not anointing? Hedgehogs will lick/mouth at things they want to anoint with.

He could be curious and testing things to see if they're snacks, but it could also be indication of an underlying problem. Many small animals will lick humans for salt, and it could be an indication of a possible deficiency (salt or otherwise). For example; a very common symptom of an anaemic animal is one is excessively licks the pavement.

You say he is not eating 'his own food' as much - so has he been eating something else, or has he gone picky? If he's eating other foods (and just not his food), I wouldnt be as concerned as he's likely filling up on other stuff in which case, just remove the other stuff to get him to eat more of his normal diet. If it's a sudden pickiness he's developed, there could be a couple things that are the culprit; the food youre feeding could have gone stale, he may just not like that particular food anymore, he could have mouth issues, or more severe underlying problem.

Bottomline is; as none of can physically see the hedgehog even if some of us were vets, we can only guess what could possibly be going on. but if you are genuinely concerned, a vet visit cant hurt and at least you'll have peace of mind.
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