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Old 09-30-2014, 08:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I have noticed that Pixie has been using her wheel less eating half as much and drinking half as much. Every morning I clean out her litter pan and there is always a some feces and urine just not as much as there used to be. We have changed her food over the past month but during that time she was fine.

The one thing that I wonder is that I changed her cage setup up slightly by moving her wheel and having it attached to the cage wiring instead of its foot support. Yesterday I went and changed it back to the way it was and have not seen a change in the status. Would it be recommended that I take her to the vet or try some home remedies first?
Thank you ahead of time for your help.
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Old 09-30-2014, 06:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That sounds like something else going on than the wheel switch, with her not eating or drinking as much. How much is she eating specifically? What is the temperature in her cage? I see you're in Florida, but do you have a heating set up for her? And do you supplement light at all?
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She was eating about 1.75 dry ounces of her food mixture and now it's about .75 to 1 dry ounces. As for water she was drinking about 3/4 of her water dish (not sure on its actual volume) now it's about half of the dish. For the temperature I have a heat lamp hooked up to a thermostat set to 77-78 degrees. I also have a light on a timer that comes on at 6 and stays on til sunrise. It comes on again at 530pm until 7. This gives her 13 hours from either the light or sun.
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hm...sounds like light & heat should both be fine then. Has there been any other changes in her environment? Could there be a light on at night or more light than usual coming through a window that might be bothering her? Maybe try putting a black or dark towel/blanket over her cage (being careful of the CHE) & see if that makes a difference at all. Is her food mixture a new bag/bags? Or are they perhaps getting old?

Leave the wheel as it is now that you've changed it back too. Who knows, maybe it really was the wheel & she just needs a couple more days to figure out it's back to normal. They can be ridiculously finicky about the silliest things!

If you can't find any other explanation for the decrease in everything, though, and it continues for more than a couple more days, I would make a vet appointment just in case.
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Old 10-02-2014, 02:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I just noticed this morning that my internet router in that room puts off a good amount of blue light. I am not sure if this would have any effect on her considering that the router hasn't been moved or changed since she was brought home. Could it be that she has decided that that light is too bright and decide its time to sleep again? I went and put a make shift blind on it this morning but won't really know till tomorrow morning if it helped or not.
Another interesting thing I noticed was that she got up way earlier than she normally does last night. Usually I end up waking her when I go to get her out for cuddle and play time but last night she was up and on her wheel way before I went to get her. I am going to try to get an appointment with the vet soon. I have also started monitering her weight to she if she is losing or gaining any, so far she has stayed around 13.2 ounces. Is this a normal weight for a hedgie?
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So I think I made a realization today. I have a strange feeling that Pixie is actually eating her poop. Not all of it but some. What could cause this to happen she was doing fine and then she started doing that? Along with the solid few pieces of poop on the pan under her wheel there is scatter bits all over it. I don't know why I didn't notice this before. Is there anything I can do to stop her from doing this? This food I have her on is a mix between the exotic nutrition food her previous owner had and Blue Buffalo basics duck and potato cat food.
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