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Old 01-20-2015, 06:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I apologize in advance for the overly lengthy post!

My baby Hauntling is just about to turn one but she seems a little 'off' these days. Or rather, on and off.

This past November we had a particularly cold night and my heating could not keep up with it and I caught Hauntling just as she was going into hibernation. She recovered from that right away and was put on a strict lighting schedule and closely monitored temperatures (of at least 80 degrees or a bit less which seems to suit her best) She eats a Blue Buffalo Wilderness cat food (and refuses any treats) and I generally let her out for at least one to two hours a day to spend time with her (always in a warm room)

She was also recently treated for a suspected upper respiratory infection (the second in her life as she had one at five months of age before I got her) and I feel like it has been since then that things have been a little off.

Some nights she seems to wind down after only half an hour and others it takes her quite awhile to get to where she will start running around or even using the wheel much at all (which she used to use a ton) The confusing part is that she always seems alert even on the less active nights and then the next night she might suddenly be quite active again. I still see her eating and drinking but I do feel like some nights she eats a little less than others.

I will shortly be taking her to a vet again however because she has suddenly had a couple of green stools. I just really wanted some input from everyone in edition because my last vet trip was kind of unsatisfying (I am taking her to a different vet this time) I just want all the info I can get because the stress is making me really crazy.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It is hard to say what is going on since the symptoms are so vague. I know that my hedgies are not as active in the winter. It is not unusual for their activity levels to fluctuate. I feel like you are keeping her warm and anything approaching 80 degrees is certainly warm enough, if not too warm. The fact that she has had two URI's since she was born is a little unusual. I have not dealt with an upper respiratory infection before so I cannot say if it would permanently affect them or not, but I suppose that it could. The fact she is bright eyed and alert is a good sign. i would just keep an eye on her and try to find a vet who you like. You could try to give her some new toys, or think of some other stimulating activities to do with her...but I suspect it may just be the winter blahs.

You could ask the vet for some BeneBac (a probiotic paste) to add to her food to try to introduce some of the good bacteria that might have been killed off by the antibiotics that she was on.
Good luck,
Susan H.
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Old 01-23-2015, 04:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It is hard to say what is going on since the symptoms are so vague. I know that my hedgies are not as active in the winter. It is not unusual for their activity levels to fluctuate. I feel like you are keeping her warm and anything approaching 80 degrees is certainly warm enough, if not too warm. The fact that she has had two URI's since she was born is a little unusual. I have not dealt with an upper respiratory infection before so I cannot say if it would permanently affect them or not, but I suppose that it could. The fact she is bright eyed and alert is a good sign. i would just keep an eye on her and try to find a vet who you like. You could try to give her some new toys, or think of some other stimulating activities to do with her...but I suspect it may just be the winter blahs.

You could ask the vet for some BeneBac (a probiotic paste) to add to her food to try to introduce some of the good bacteria that might have been killed off by the antibiotics that she was on.
Good luck,
Susan H.
That is good to know about the slowdown during Winter. Maybe that is all that this is. She is currently running around with me and acting pretty chipper. I just got the results back from her stool sample which I had the vet send into the lab and no parasites or anything were found. The vet himself said she seemed great overall but we are trying a bit of medicine to help with the recent green stools and if it fails, we are going to try some blood work to see if another thing is causing it. I will maybe try and find her some new toys since the wheel and just hanging out with mom are not as exciting for her! Maybe I can build her a little playground.
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