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Old 02-28-2017, 10:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My little simba is about a month and a half old. I've had him for 2 weeks And I've noticed his poop goes from solid to runny, it goes back and forth. The color stays around the same, light/medium/ dark brown. I'm feeding him Purina Beyond cat food white chicken and whole oat meal recipe. And I've also attempted to give him mealies but he doesn't like them. Any advice you can give me on what I should do?
Also the past 3-4 days he's been looking kinda sad and just sits there and looks like he spaces out. I try and get him out of his little cave about 2 times a day, once in the afternoon and once around 8 pm but he's not very active. Please help
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I forgot to add that he enjoys eating the food, or maybe cause he has not alternative?.
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Babies are not very active, so that's honestly kind of normal. They tend to sleep a lot. However, some questions for you that may help us help you -

- What temperature is his cage? Do you have a thermometer for it?
- Do you have a heating set up & if so, what is it?
- Do you have a light schedule for him?
- Is the food you're giving him the same thing the breeder fed him?

It'd be a good idea to take a (fresh) sample of his poop to your vet & have them run a fecal. He could have a bacterial infection that requires medication. The fresher the poop, the better, but it can be up to ~24 hours before you take it to the vet, just keep it in the fridge. Just try to drop it off as soon as you can after getting a fresh sample.
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I do not have a thermometer for his cage, so I don't exactly know what temperature it's at, but my room stays around 70 degrees.
I have a medium sized heat pad that is under the cage around the area where his cave is located.
I don't have a set light schedule for him, what would you suggest? I'm still in the learning process.
All the breeder told me was that she was feeding him Purina and meow mix.

(Here's a picture of his cage, and around where the heat pad is. again please let me know of anything I should change)
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Old 02-28-2017, 11:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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70 is really low. Hedgies need to have a consistent temperature between 74-78. You need to get a thermometer to get an accurate reading of the cage ASAP. Heat pads are NOT recommended. The air needs to be heated. Something like a CHE or space heater connected to a thermostat. As for light schedule your hedgie needs 12-14 hours of light daily. Sunlight is not sufficient. You can get a desk lamp and connect it to a timer. You can chose the preferred time for you.

Is there a lid for the cage? The cage looks very poorly ventilated.
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Old 02-28-2017, 11:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yes I added these little LED lights to the mesh top. But I will get on the temperature problem immediately.

Also I don't know if that's the reason but he occasionally sits there and kinda twitches? It likes as if he has hiccups but he doesn't make any noise. Would you happen to know what that is?
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Old 02-28-2017, 11:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The twitching is normal for babies. Tanks are horrible for hedgehogs, they trap in moisture and they have very bad ventilation. Silent spinner wheels (like the one you have) are dangerous and many hedgehogs have had nails torn off by them or even injured their feet and legs. The wheel also needs to be at least 10 inches across and the one you have looks smaller than that.
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Please start reading all the stickies in this forum because it looks like you were an impulse buyer and thought "how cute of an animal, I'll just buy it, it can't be that hard"

You don't buy a pet and learn later, by the way your equipment and knowledge looks, to me is borderline abuse. I hope you at least have the means for a vet when needed.
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