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Old 08-07-2013, 01:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question How can I tell if he is overweight?

Hamlet has grown quite a bit since i got him! My concern is hid weight... He rarely uses his wheel anymore and stays in his hut unless coming out to eat or drink... Could he be overweight? Something else? Please help, how can i tell if he is overweight? Also he is about 3 months old
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's normal for babies to grow quickly. A surefire way to tell if he's overweight is if, when he curls in a ball, his skin is stretched really tight. Or if he can't roll into a ball at all.

I'd be more concerned with the change in his activity level. What's his environment like (temp, food, other pets, etc.) and has anything changed recently? Is there anything unusual with his poop (color, consistency, mucus, etc.)?
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His skin isnt stretched, and i got a second hedgehog but she doesnt go near his cage. Nothing new other than that and his poop is fine. Once i get him out (after a few minutes) he turns into an energy ball xD but he NEVER moves in his cage
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OH and temp is always between 75 and 80 degrees once in a while it goes to 82

His food is a mix of purina (i think esentials) chicken and whole brown rice cat food and pretty pets hedgehog food which is what he was fed at the breeders
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Do you have a heating set up for his cage or are you depending on house temperature? If so, I'd be careful with that - a fluctuation like you're describing can be too much for some hedgehogs and cause a hibernation attempt. Others can become more sensitive to temperature over time. Also keep in mind that winter's coming up soon, and heating can be more unpredictable then. It's usually best to have a heating set up specifically for the cage, or a space heater for the room. At the very least, make sure you have a digital thermometer in each of their cages so you know the actual cage temperature, not just the house temp.

Honestly, I'd take the hedgehog food out and throw it in the garbage. I'm ashamed of the breeder you got him from - that's the worst possible hedgehog food to feed. And most hedgehog foods aren't that great as it is. He'd be much better off with another high quality cat food mixed in with the one you're feeding now. There's a couple of stickies with suggestions of good foods in the Nutrition forum.

What kind of wheel do you have? Have you looked at his nails recently? Nails being too long can cause a decrease or halt in running.
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