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Old 12-10-2009, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi again everyone!
Its been a while since I posted but I still check in here and there..
but sadly I have to ask a question like this...

So Widget was doing great after the last time I got help from everyone, but now he has me slightly worried.
I noticed a couple days ago it looked like he wasn't eating or drinking.
I switched his water, and put in 30 pieces of food.
The next time I checked (about a day), he was still at 30 pieces, but his water did move.
I checked him over for any obvious signs of anything, and nothing stands out.
I did notice that he did leave a lot of dandruff on me, (wearing a black shirt), but none of it was moving (since I know thats a sign of mites).
I chopped up fresh cantaloupe, and it didn't look like he ate like he has normally done for watermelon, I'll try and get some of that since its his favorite.

This one might pull a laugh if its what I think it was... When I put him on my desk he did a walk, shuffle, drag a foot thing, and repeat. When I went to pick him up he had a white liquid at the tip of penis. (I don't know if thats a symptom or he was having a good time, for worry sake, I hope its the latter). But when I put him on the floor he does his normal routine and starts running. So I figure he's fine in that sense.

I will get him some flax seed oil capsules for the dryskin, but obviously, if he's not eating, he won't get those, and right now, thats my biggest worry (the eating).

I did a search but 'eating' brought up too many responses to display.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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what's the temperature in his cage? and how many hours of light is he getting? is he still wheeling?
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I normally keep it right around 70... yes yes, I did some research still after I left the post, I now have his heater on to raise it up. I'm still iffy on the range I should be in, but 70 is a tiny bit low.

I had cleaned his wheel, it does look like its been used...but not to the extent that it normally was... I came home last night and found him just laying in/on it, which I thought was odd.

I usually have the light on from 10am, til 10-12pm/am
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I would try warming his cage up to about 73-74 and see if that helps, 70 is a bit to cool for most hedgies.
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Its in the process so I am hoping that this is it, I really am.

But he has been in the 70s for a good bit of time before, if it wasn't that, what should I look for?
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if its not that then i would wonder about the light, if not that either i would go to the vet. Some hedgies will be good at one temp for a long time then need warmer temps, my one girl was fine aroung 72 for a long time then tried to hibernate at that temp and now needs 75-76.
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Old 12-11-2009, 05:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm going to contact a vet asap, just to see if I can get some questions answered or what. His cage is much warmer now, as for food intake, I'm still not sure..

He is still acting normal, I could be overreacting (which I hope it is)...

I put him on the floor... which his normal reaction is sniff sniff bolt.
He sat in a spot for a good 5 mins, and then slowly walked in a circle (another 2-3 minutes) then started running. Again.. maybe just over reacting..
He did some hunching on the floor (sort of like an awkward humping motion?)
and his body (if this is normal) looks like a two o's Oo with the big O being the front half of his body. This could be all normal its just something I never noticed...

Just cause I have to ask, because I never noticed before.. is it normal to see his testes (two, 1/2inch round balls)? I mean its more or less the outline, but once again, I'm just checking all possibilities.. >.>
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