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Old 01-07-2015, 10:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I got my hedgehog Hershel a little over a week ago from a locally owned pet store because there are no breeders in my area. A couple days after I got him, he stopped eating. In the past week I think he's eaten just a couple pieces of food. I have him on a high quality cat food that they fed him at the store. I noticed last night that his poop is green. He's not showing any other signs of illness. He has a lot of energy and isn't lethargic at all. This brings me to my next issue.
I had him in a tote box cage at first, but the other night he came very close to escaping. So yesterday I went out and bought a $100 wire cage. As soon as he woke up, he started climbing . My husband saw him climb to the top and fall. I'm terrified that he's gonna hurt himself.
I'm getting very stressed out and I'm losing sleep. I'm to the point where I'm debating giving him up because I think he might be better off with someone who knows what they're doing. It breaks my heart because I love him to death, but I don't know what to do. There aren't any vets in my area that take hedgehogs. Advice?
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi,

Don't give up just yet!

Have you read this book? It's excellent for new hedgie owners like you and me.

What cat food are you feeding him and are you 100% sure it's the same as what he was used to at the pet store?

As for the cage, could you use something like corroplast/correx for the sides so that he can't climb up? You said it was a wire cage so it makes me think it might be similar to my C&C cage. I think it's recommended to make the sides 8 inches high or taller so that they can't reach. You don't have to use corroplast but something sturdy and easy to clean might be good.
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Old 01-07-2015, 01:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, it's the same food he was on. Like I said, he ate the first couple days, but now he wont touch anything. Not even mealworms. He ate a raspberry one of the first days I had him, but now he has no interest.
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Old 01-07-2015, 04:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Do you have a wheel for him? If not, he needs one. You need a solid-bottomed wheel like a Comfort Wheel. Bucket wheels and cake cover wheels are the best option, but they have to be ordered online, which would take at least a couple of days to get to you. Comfort Wheels are sold at most pet stores, so you can get one more quickly.

Like Cashmere said, block the sides of the cage off so he can't climb. He may stop climbing anyway with a wheel, but if he has one that he's ignoring or if he continues to, block the walls. You can use plastic placemats woven between the bars or you can ziptie cardboard or coroplast, etc. to the sides.

If he's not eating, then he needs to be syringe-fed. It sounds like he's gone way too long without eating enough. Once they go longer than a day or two, they start to feel even crummier from not eating and it just makes them want to eat even less. Usually you need to syringe-feed them to make sure they're getting enough to eat and to get them through whatever's going on. You can either crush his kibble to powder & mix it with water, or you can use baby food or canned food (pate/minced style). Baby food is a short-term option that works really well, otherwise you want to use crushed kibble or canned food for longer-term syringe-feeding. Here's our sticky on syringe-feeding with more tips & such - https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...ng-sticky.html
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He has a comfort wheel. I did the placemat thing, we'll see how it works tonight.

I'll try the syringe thing. What about his green poop?
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Old 01-08-2015, 07:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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So, I tried the syringe thing last night to no avail. I just got food everywhere. I got him to drink a bunch of water though.
He kept licking my arm like crazy, so I tried putting food on my arm, but he just sniffed it. He also bit me for the first time last night. It wasn't hard and it wasn't out of aggression, so I had hoped it meant he was hungry, but I still couldn't get him to eat.
I'm gonna try baby food tonight and see if that works. If it doesn't, I have no idea what I'm gonna do
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