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Old 10-28-2015, 08:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got my Rosie three weeks ago. Her appetite has been hit and miss.
We had a little scare where she was constipated and not eating or drinking where we needed to syringe feed her both water and foods such as pumpkin to get things moving. Now, she has recently been introduced to mealworms and she's totally nuts about them. But she will barely touch her cat food. Which she loved for the first few weeks. Last night she had a few, but only maybe four or five kibbles. Any thoughts?
I've read that sometimes they will not eat kibble after finding treats they adore cause they get picky. Which is why I'm concerned because i know she's not getting the proper nutrition. She is my first hedgie so any info is appreciated!
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Old 10-28-2015, 08:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How many mealworms are you giving her? Any other new additions to food?
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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She only gets one or two every other day or so. The only other things she has taken to are pumpkin and chicken...
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Did she eat better last night? How are you determining she is eating less, counting kibble, weighing or eye balling out?
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Counting, she didn't have any last night but she got two mealworms at play time
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Old 11-14-2015, 09:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Any answer to this? My hedgie Alfred hasn't eaten much the last couple nights but is more than happy to chow down on mealies! But he had mealies before and would eat his food still. I'm going to go count his kibble soon here so I know if he has eaten at all, but he has been pooping, so I'm not sure how concerned I should be at this point!
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Old 11-14-2015, 11:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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First thing, double check the environment - heat is in the right range, not fluctuating too much, make sure there's 12-14 hours of light during the day (not dependent on daylight, especially as that's getting shorter now), and no light at night. Check for signs of other activity - are they not coming out in their cage much at night at all, or still going about usual activity minus eating normally?

Any changes to the environment in general? New people, animals, anything in the room, changes to the cage, bedding, etc.?

And how about the food? Is it the same kibble hedgie was getting from previous owner or breeder? How old is the food? It's not uncommon for them to eat less if the food is starting to get old & stale.

If you can't find any external reasons for the decreased appetite, it's a good idea to try offering a soft food option (soaked kibble, crushed kibble, baby food, canned food) and see if they go for that. If they do, that can be a sign that there's a mouth issue, in which case it's vet visit time. If they're not eating much of anything except a special favorite (like mealworms), it's also vet visit time to see if there's something else going on.
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