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Old 10-18-2014, 01:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone, i havent posted on here before but i have decided to join this forum as i come on often to see what everyone says about their hedgies! Im a mommy to my 2 little girls Bella (5 months) and Ellie (almost 2) and Bella hasnt been drinking as much as she usually does. Before Bella used to drink and eat so much before,i guess when she was still really little but now shes not drinking as much anymore. Shes eating, pooping and peeing but doesnt seem to be drinking. She drank last night and the night before but she only seems to drink once. This is weird but maybe 2 months ago i bought her an elephant cozy bed and she is literally obsessed with it. She goes directly into it lol. So i dont know if thats why shes not drinking because she just wants to be in her bed but im just getting really worried. Am i over thinking?
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Old 10-18-2014, 10:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Are Bella and Ellie in the same cage or do they have their own cages? You said she's still eating, but is it the same amount? Sometimes eating & drinking can lessen a bit when they get older & stop growing quite so much. But check to make sure she's not getting dehydrated - you can either keep an eye on urine (bright or dark means dehydrated) or do a pinch test (pinch the skin between her shoulders, it should return to normal in 1 second).

Is she still running normally? Is the temperature in her cage good? What about light, do they have a light schedule of 12-14 hours a day? Can't depend on daylight, especially right now as the days are getting shorter.
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Old 10-18-2014, 03:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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They have seperate cages as i dont want to risk anything happening. But she is still eating normal but doesnt eat as much as she used too when she was a baby. Shes almost 6 months now ans i got her when she was 2 months. I will check her pee colour tonight, i pinched her skin 2 days ago and i knew she was dehydrated then but she did drink that night but last night when i posted this she didnt drink but ate and pooped. Shes runninf on her wheel normally and my room is warm!
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I keep my blind open so sun gets it and also leave her lamp on sometimes in the day if i dont have my room heater on
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Nico did the same thing at that age. She suddenly just stopped drinking like she normally did. Goofy thing wound up with a UTI. Got her medication and while we were treating her for it she started drinking regularly again and haven't had any problems since. We did start giving her extra water with a syringe during that time which is what I think caused her to drink again. I think she was tired of having syringes shoved in her face.
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I brought her out tonight and she is eating normally, peed a little bit ( not a lot but light pee color) and is running on her wheel. This is the 2nd night of no water. Its weird she stopped eating out of her bowl so she now eats on the ground but shes just sniffing the water and walking away. Ive tried differemt bowls and still nothing. Im so scared i literally dont know what to do but tonight we put water on the bottom of her cage and she drank a bit but wont out of the bowl
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I would get a syringe and start getting water in her that way. UTI's are no fun and require a vet visit. Not to mention having to give her medication.
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So she will get a UTI if she still isnt drinking?
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Old 10-19-2014, 04:07 AM   #9 (permalink)
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It's a possibility. No water means no urine. Urine is one of the ways the body passes waste. If the waste stays in the body illness can occur. But there are other problems associated with being dehydrated. A UTI is just one of the things that could happen. Either way, your baby needs moisture. It can be obtained through foods, but if you're feeding a dry kibble she's not going to get enough moisture from that. You could maybe give her some kibble moistened with some water. Be sure to do that separately from her normal dry kibble just in case she won't eat it. Don't need to cause a food strike too.
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Old 10-19-2014, 03:00 PM   #10 (permalink)
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She barely peed last night. Ugh i dont know what to do if she doesnt drink by tonight, she was licking water off the floor but not from the bowl! So weird. I bought 2 new bowls today. Ive never had a problem with my hedgies doing this before!
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