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Old 05-13-2020, 05:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Dropping weight

Ok, so, this isn’t the first time this happened. But the difference is, Igor is on a fixed diet now.

Last winter, when the temperature dropped, Igor’s weight increased.
Now, it’s winter again, and the temperature is dropping, but this time, his weight isn’t increasing, it’s decreasing.

Should I stick with the 7 grams I feed him, or can I increase his food intake for the winter?
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Old 05-14-2020, 12:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I’m worried that if he drops too low in weight, he might not have enough energy and feel like he has to hibernate, and attempt to.
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If he is dropping a fair bit of weight, especially if you feel he is dropping it too fast, increase the food you give him.
If he has 7g atm up it by 2-3 to give him 9-10g of food. You can always decrease again when its needed.

Do check him over, to see if you can see anything, just incase its an illness that's causing the weight loss.
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Old 05-14-2020, 05:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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He’s eating all his food, running on his wheel like normal.
But I’ll check and feel him over for anything physical, check his feces and urine to make sure.

But I’ll definitely increase his food intake. He went from 515 to 504 in like, three days. Which worries me. And I know it’s not weight fluctuation, seeing as he hasn’t picked up since he started dropping. He just went down, and not up at all. Thank you!
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Hogs dont always stop eating running and drinking when ill, so always best to check to make sure!

Its likely he just decided to run more so needs more food now!
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They don’t? What else can I check to see for any underlying illnesses?

I did feel him over, he’s his normal self. Responsive and huffy as usual. Not defensive. I don’t feel anything protruding from his skin like lumps or bumps.

He hasn’t been excreting feces as much as he usually does tho. I noticed this last night and the night before. He’s feces are small and not in high quantities as usual. Could this mean anything?
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Could be slightly constipated? Try a little pumpkin - or baby food with pumpkin (making sure theres no ingredients like lactose or onion)

Check poo colour, urine colour is what I do a lot, they are normally first sings of anything internal.
Sometimes the bite, but I believe Igor bites you randomly anyway? So thats not really helpful.

Its likely he just decided to run more so needs a bit more food.
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Old 05-14-2020, 02:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Lol yeah he bites me normally 😂 I’d be worried if he doesn’t bite me.
But I’ll check everything. And get permission from my gran to use some pumpkin.
Would Gem Squash work? I think it’s all we have at the moment.
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Haha I figured as much - I got a good memory too!
I always find it best to check just incase.
Yea should do, pumpkin and squashes tend to have a very similar affect on them. Though pumpkin you need less for it to work.
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Ah ok, so a fair bit of squash then?
My problem is gonna be how I’m gonna get him to eat it.
I remember I once tried to give him a little squash as a treat test, and he thought I was gonna give him meat. He gobbled it up, but as soon as he realised it isn’t meat, he spat it out. He isn’t much of a veggies or fruit boy. He loves his protein 😂
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