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Old 12-11-2010, 09:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lately, Achilles has been getting VERY dirty. Every morning when I wake up and clean his cage there is poo everywhere. It has even managed to get on the side of the cage sometimes. He has had extreme poopy boots lately too...its all in his toes and stuff and I have had to give him frequent foot baths, which really stress him out (making him poo more). I have only had Achilles for about a little over a month now, but he wasn't getting his cage or himself this dirty before. Also, just the quantity of poo he can produce amazes me. I had no idea an animal so small could produce that much poop! His cage is a little small and I am building him a new one this weekend, but besides that is there anything I can do to minimize the poopiness? I havent changed his food since I first got him (authority adult cat food, which was on the list here as good food), I havent done anything too different lately that would particularly stress him out.
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Old 12-11-2010, 10:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Someone else had the idea of using a very wet warm washcloth & letting the hedgie walk on it a bit. I haven't tried it yet, but think it's a great alternative to the foot bath. Would probably still put Achilles in the sink or bin with the washcloth on the bottom. It has had some good results with other hedgies, not being as nervous about it.
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks, I will try that next! He has been getting so much poo on his feet i have had to actually massage it off his paws, which is not only extremely disgusting, but he doesnt seem to like it much. Hopefully the washcloth will work!
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Do you think maybe his poop is not quite firm enough?
Maybe you're feeding him foods that are very rich in nutrients, causing him to have softer, more mush (yuck!) poop
I've heard this happening with people who feed their hedgies Wellness
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I can vouch for it happening with Wellness >_> My solution was increasing his fiber via other foods and cutting back on the wellness a bit.

The wet waschcloth does work for a nervous hedgie. My guy tolerates footie baths fairly well, but he vastly prefers the cloth b/c there is no sound of water.
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hmm i will have to check into his food...I thought it was good, it was on the list on here for "good" foods, but maybe that is problem. He doesnt really like to eat his fruits and veggies either, so maybe that is contributing to not as much fiber. I will try to give him some more fruit/veggie choices. What does everyone elses hedgies like to eat?
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Old 12-12-2010, 10:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wellness is an extremely good food, it's just that it's TOO good

If he doesn't like veggies/fruits try adding a cat food with some extra fiber in it for his diet
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