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Old 12-31-2013, 10:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Lately I've been very worried about Shaes weight. It seems as tho she has a slight dip more like an hour glass than a teardrop shape. She eats plenty( about 6grams a night) with fruit (mostly bananas and apples) and mealworms (3-4 a night) she is a very big runner though. Sometimes she'll wake up and run for an hour before eating anything. Should I start incorporating cat food with a higher fat percentage or should I give her more mealworms?
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Shae is just over 4 months old?

I only have experience with my little guy (currently 10 months), but I found that around the 4-6 month mark, he stopped growing in leaps and bounds, and started filling out instead, like a teenager moving from gawky to proportional. I also found he started eating less, so I upped his fat intake (he's a runner like yours). Unfortunately, I overdid it, and now he's a tiny bit chubby and is on a diet to lose about 20-30 g.

If you do decide to up her fats, do it carefully as she's probably entering a different stage of hedgehog-growth where she'll fill out instead of use all that food to grow longer.
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Thank you for the advice! I'll probably wait a few weeks to see if she starts filling out before making any big changes!
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What food is she on? What's the fat content in that food? I would agree at that age they are still changing so much it's hard to tell what they'll be like, but if they were an adult I would say too skinny and up the fat content.
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In the first photo it looks like she is stretched out a little, in mid step. In the second I think I see her leg sticking out behind her as well.

My girl looks pretty much the same when she is stretched out at all or on the move. She only has the pear shape when she sits still with her back legs tucked under her.

I've wondered if my baby needed more fat too. She is free fed, and already at 14-15% fat...
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She's on the food that the breeder was giving her. A mix of 4-5 different brands so I'm not completely sure. I might just start slowly adding a little bit of higher fat cat food into the breeders mix for a little bit and see how that goes.
Haley: yeah she has a pear shape when she sits still as well but when she stretches it it worries me because she looks so skinny!!
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