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Old 03-02-2011, 07:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"Mom, I don't FEEl good, and I don't WANT my dinner. Stop waking me up for it!"

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This really worries me. I have actually never in his life seen him not gobble up his dinner. He won't even touch it. Whenever I put him down near it, he RUNS away from it and just tries to curl up in something to sleep. He only ate a very few pieces of kibble this morning too. It just really scares me... I didn't think this would come up so soon... that I would be fighting just to get calories into him. I don't want him to start giving up yet. What can I do to encourage him to eat? I even got him his favourite, bananas with pb out beside his food bowl, and he wouldn't even look at them. I held his nose right up to the pb, hoping the scent would entice him, and nothing.
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You may want to start looking into syringe feeding. My vet once told me that nutrion is always key. Here is a good thread about syringe feeding. Still sending good thoughts your guys' way!

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Old 03-02-2011, 07:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree on syringe feeding him. Not eating becomes a vicious circle in that if they don't eat, then they start to feel yucky and even less wanting to eat.

You can try leaving kibble in his bed with him. Royal Canin Baby cat is usually a hit.

Some puppy or kitten milk replacer might entice him. You can buy Esbilac at Petsmart. The vet also sells it in a single serving size for puppies and it will last a hedgehog quite a while. It is powder and you mix it up as needed. Usually the mix is 1 part formula to 2 parts water. I've yet to have a hedgehog turn it down. It will not only give him food but liquid at the same time.

I hope he will start feeling better soon.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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As usual, I have nothing helpful to offer...just giving you both a BIIIIG hug.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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another vote for syringe feeding. also, get in touch with the vet. you may need to tweak the meds. that can have great effect. & don't forget to make sure he is staying hydrated since he's on Furosemide. that plus not eating is really not good.

Hermie sends his cardiac buddy lots of good hedgie well-being vibes

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Old 03-02-2011, 11:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
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So sorry to hear about the struggle, I hope he starts eating soon so he can feel a little better *Hugs
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:00 AM   #7 (permalink)
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yes for syringe-feeding and how about waxworms? or some other yucky bug he really loves?
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Old 03-03-2011, 05:59 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Overnight, he ate about 10 pieces of kibble out of the 15 I left for him. For what he normally eats (20-30 kibbles a day) I feel like that's at least a reasonable amount.. do you still think I need to syringe feed him tonight? I really don't want to make a battle out of feeding time unless I really have to. I'm calling the vet this morning to see what she thinks about the treatment plan, if anything needs to be adjusted.

He did take to his wheel at about 5 this morning, and gave it a pretty good go for almost an hour, so he must have felt at least a bit better. I'll probably wake him up around 10 to check him over and see if he'll eat anymore and get his meds into him.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:14 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Oh good, I am glad to hear he got some of his spark back
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I hope he was just not feeling well for the day and will go back to eating a bunch! Good luck!!
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