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Old 08-07-2012, 05:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 4-5 Week old hedgie wont eat..

This is my first time owning a hedgehog and I just recently got my baby 4 days ago now.. I notice he will eat only little bits of his food but it doesn't seem like hes eating enough.. he doesn't eat a full table spoon of food a night.. I tried softening his food with hot water but he doesn't like that and he wont eat carrots or cucumber. I am going to pick up some goats milk today because i read its good for baby hedgehogs to eat and every time i'm drinking milk my hedgehog tries to get into my cup.. I'm just wondering if I doing this right or if there's anything I should try or do to help my hedgehog get his full meals.. Im very worried..
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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4-5 weeks old is much too young for a baby to be sent to a new home. They wean at around 5 weeks - if that's really how old he is, he's probably barely been weaned and not started well on hard food yet. You should get some Royal Canin Babycat, which is very small kibble and ideal for babies. If he doesn't do well with that, crush it up into a powder so he doesn't have to chew it, or add a little bit of water to soften the pieces. You should also get a digital scale and weigh him daily to make sure he's gaining weight. If he doesn't start eating on his own when you try the smaller kibble, try baby food (beef or chicken) or Esbilac goat or puppy milk, and see if he's willing to lap that up. If not, either of those work well for syringe feeding. A baby that age can go downhill fast if he's not getting food, which is why it's so important for them to be old enough and big enough and eating well before they go to new homes. Good luck!
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks so much! I cant believe how young the pet stores here order them in.. I wanted to get one from a breeder but I live in Richmond B.C and its hard to find breeders. There are so few and their all spaced out and I would need a car to travel. I never wanted to get one from a pet store but when I saw my little hedgehog in there I new I needed him.. I picked up goats milk and some meal worms today and he seems to love them both.. I tried to mix the goats milk with his kibbles to make it softer too but he doesn't want it at all. I don't want to resort to using the syringe until its my last resort? is this an ok diet for now or how should i proceed?..
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As long as he's eating you should be fine, but if he stops for more than a day it can be really bad for a baby that young. If the kibble you're feeding him is what the pet store was using, it's probably crap anyway. Definitely pick up some Royal Canin Babycat - the tiny kibbles will be easy for him to eat, and it's really high fat, it's pretty much ideal for putting weight on babies. The fat makes it yummy too, which will help entice him. Are the mealworms live or freeze-dried?
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I feed him live meal worms because they have more to offer then already dead ones, plus he gets excited when he can chase them down. I cant find that type of cat food here though unfortunately.. The only types I have seen are Iams, Purina, whiskas. I may just have to order it in off their site but i am extremely happy he is eating more and going to the washroom more but he does tend to have runny poop.
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I know there's Royal Canin in BC - a friend of mine (also a breeder) uses the same stuff in her mix. You can try to check the Royal Canin site to see what stores carry it. At some point you're going to want to get him on a good diet of kibble anyway, and all of those brands aren't very good in terms of ingredients (lots of fillers, byproducts, etc). I'm glad he's eating at least! Have you been able to get a scale yet? You really should be monitoring his weight daily, at least until he gains weight and is eating kibble well on his own.
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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No not yet, my fiance and I are going to look for one tomorrow but I just had a kind of disturbing experience with my hedgie.. I took him out of his cage and placed him on my bed and he peed all over my sheets and then ran around like he was hopped up on sugar.. and he was i think humping my sheets.. he left little wet dots behind him.. and he tried to nip me a lot.. I don't know what to make of this..?
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The peeing is normal, babies cant controll their movements like adults can, that should improve with time.. Perhaps you could try waking him up and putting him somewhere to do his business before you let him out for bonding? Also, welcome to "boy time" lol the joys of owning a male hedgie
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I bought a kitchen scale to weigh him on and he weighs 195 grams.. is that to much or to little?
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195 grams is actually quite a reasonable size! I wouldn't be surprised if your hedgie is actually older than they said (pet stores will often lie about ages to entice people into buying "babies"), just having a hard time adjusting to the changes in his life. Glad he's eating on his own though, good luck with him.



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