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Old 03-23-2010, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Going #1 problems?

Hi all!

My question/problem is about my male Hedgehog going pee.

When he goes #1, only small drops come out... I have observed this maybe 3 times. I have yet to observe a good stream.

I am thinking that he only "streams" when he's on his wheel.

He seems healty and active, he runs every night. He also eats and drinks normally.

Any ideas?

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Old 03-23-2010, 10:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've never seen my hedgies pee. (males as well) but the evidence is abundant each morning. How's he drinking? I check the water level each morning on my hedgie's water dish. If using a water bottle try switching to a dish to ensure he is getting enough water. Sometimes they have trouble using water bottles.

If you put white paper towels under the wheel it could possibly catch some of the urine so you can see the color and make sure it doesn't have blood in it. (if your wheel isn't clear or white colored)

Just a thought!
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Good question! Aries, my hedgehog with gum disease, is on medicine and is being syringe fed and watered in addition to what he heats/drinks (if any) in his cage. I have noticed the same thing with the pee drops! I *know* he has made big pees in the past, because he thinks it's hilarious to do it on my shirt.

Could it have anything to do with being dehydrated?

Aries has a water dish, not a bottle, but I think he's not wanting anything in his mouth because it hurts.
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a male hedgie, I haven't noticed only drops though when he pees. Mine has papertowel in his bathroom area and he will drop down and drag himself a little then he will pee a lot then walk off on to the next thing. I can tell he pees a lot because its on a white papertowel. You can try and see if yours will use the bathroom on a paper towel too so you can see if maybe he is peeing more than you see. Checking the water lvl is a good idea too just in case
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I've seen boys pee and usually it is a flood. Could he have a bladder infection? Maybe he just pees the big amount while on his wheel. shrug
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Kinda what I am thinking, Nancy. Hopefully we are just catching these boys when they don't have to go really bad! It's not a potty emergency, but they figure why not let it go?
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wow? Really?
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:46 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I like the idea of just putting something down that's white and looking for evidence.

My 3yo (it's her birthday today) is a champion pooper and pee-er. Nice big puddles... we've even worked out a potty routine for morning and night.

In contrast, aside from when I find the nice pee spots in his litterbox, I've wondered if my rescue boy pees at all at times. Logic dictates that he must... but it's hard to find evidence some days. He is very private with his functions - hasn't pooped or peed once in front of Hedgiedaddy or me; won't eat if we're around either.
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Old 03-27-2010, 06:38 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You may want to flip him over and make sure nothing is stuck in his zone.... sometimes egon gets bedding stuck in his and i have to get it out with a wet q-tip. When this happens he has trouble peeing but otherwise he usually pees in puddles.. not drops. I linethe cage with a fleece liner then paper towels. Works well!
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