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Old 02-18-2010, 11:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know that there is a poop thread, but I didn't really find what I was looking for. I tried searching, but the only thing that came up were skinny hedgehogs. Haha.

Anyway, this is my first question here. I've had Dewey since September and have been stalking this site since June. VERY recently, Dewey's poop has... decreased? I guess is how I would put it. They've become very small, and sometimes skinny. They're a normal color. This has only been for the last 3-6 days, I believe.

For the past three weeks, my area has been pounded with snow. Thus, I stayed at a friends house for a week with Dewey while my dad was working overtime at the airport. My friend has four cats, three birds, a lot of dogs, and her mom has very recently quit smoking. Of course, this place smells VERY different from my house. I brought along a liner, the towel that I use when we are chilling, his food bowls, and his house. I didn't bring his wheel because he's heavy footed hahaha. My friends mom wanted to wash the liner about halfway through our stay, so she gave me some kiln-dried pine shavings to use temporarily. Since she lost liner (haha), I ended up using the shavings till we got home. Honestly, he looked like he was going to cry. I know that sounds lame, but you can tell when your hedgie is unhappy, can't you? So as soon as I got home, I washed everything, put in a new liner, and his wheel. He cheered up, but his poop still concerns me. It's been small and skinny since. He's also sleeping a little more, but maybe that's because he's just adjusting to being home again?

Could he be slightly constipated? I could really use some advice.

Thank you very, very much
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Old 02-19-2010, 01:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Im not sure what could cause the poop to be skinny but it may be possible there is less because he is eatting less. I would could his kibble to see if his eatting has decreased because sometimes when there is a change like that they may slow down on their eatting or activity until they get back into a predictable routine. We recently had guests and all the new noises, voices and sounds upset my hedgehog and even though he continued to eat, it was less than his normal intake. I noticed the next morning and put one of his little bowls near the door to his igloo (offset so that he could still enter and exit without problems) and drapped one of his little blankets over the door and bowl like a tent. This fixed the problem and made him more comfortable to eat when he wanted instead of grabbing a bite and running back in the house.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It sounds like he could be dehydrated some, or constipated. Give him a little bit of canned pumpkin (unseasoned).
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Old 02-19-2010, 08:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Obstructions can cause very thin poo, as well as constipation. If hedgieonboard and Hedgiepet's suggestions don't help, and he looks like he is straining a lot, I would take him to the vet to make sure there isn't something blocking him up.



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Old 02-20-2010, 12:21 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you guys so much! I will try out your suggestions. I'll post what happens.
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Old 02-21-2010, 01:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Okay, so I tried hedgieonboard's idea last night with the tent thing and it actually worked I mean, clearly he wasn't up THAT long because his cage wasn't destroyed, but the poop looked normal and there was almost a nights worth of it. I'll keep the tent thing there for a while and slowly move it back to how it was. Thank all of you very much
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Thats great news, Im glad it helped
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