Obese hedgehog. ONLY ate kibble his whole life he's a cute little bowling ball but it
Hello first time I've posted on here in a long time. My hedgie, Baby Boy is the pickiest eater I've ever come across. Haha he doesn't like anything I've tryed giving to him although I think one time he annointed a small piece of banana all over him but he just wanted the taste/smell of it haha. He only likes his kibble and sleep won't touch a meal worm and I've tryed freeze dried and live cause my little olyve whom just had to be put down recently due to cancer, just loved them. He's basically polar opposite to olyve haha lol he doesn't wheel(didn't wheel when he was smaller either) he doesn't do any fun hedgehog things his favorite game is tug o war. And it's not really the best hedgie game, because he eventually gets my fingers haha.. And now he likes to chew on stuff which is also fine ahha he hasto like something haha. Okay so now to why I'm here. He recently came down with an ear infection.. And it's actually in both ears so while I was in the vet getting him the proper drops I was recommended to change his food to this Mizuri hedgehog diet due to it being a much more suitable diet. From what I can tell cause I don't think this tauff was around a few years ago.. It looks to be pretty good but I want to make sure it's a good fit for him.. Basically he was on blue Buffalo grain free chicken and rice.. For the longest time but I think they switched the recipe about a year ago his poops well both of there poops changed to very mushy and stinky they were no longer the nice hard poops. And it seemed to get stuck in his bottom alot more.. So I changed him to a organic cat food diet called Nutro wholesome essentials. Seemed to have good protein to fat content.. And the lady at the pet store also fed her hedgehogs the same thing.. Anyways and that's what he's been on since... He's actually had quite a few diff ailments tho he's had 2 ingrown nails one on both index toes on both front paws and I swear it's not due to not cutting them intime, his nails curl down I have a pic that u can really see it in. And due to this it's very hard to cut them without hitting the quick.. So I badcially hafto wait till there at the perfect length to get them but any longer and they go into his paw.. And yah 2 separate times this has happened the first time I took him to the vet and the second time it wasn't as serious I was able to get the nail out and it didn't balloon out like the first time so I monitored it and it got better but now he doesn't have a nail on either index toe on his front paw. Then with his ear infection here the Vet believes due to his obesity it has really narrowed his ear canal and basically made it the most opertune spot for bacteria to grow. Or its due to the inflammation but we won't know until the antibiotic, antifungal, anti inflammatory drops I have start to do there thing.. We had a culture down and there currently growing it so that they know forsure this is the best suited drops for his ears and then if this ever happens again they will know how to treat it.. But yah so my poor little guy (well big guy) so with diet and alot more excersize.. He doesn't like excersize that Much but now he's getting Atleast an hour a day of straight excersize.. He likes to walk to around the house. Also due to his extra skin he has problem with his anus holding part of his poops so I'm currently working on keeping that as clean as possible giving him a a foot bath then making sure he's got all those extra lil turds out and then I dry em and put his bottom in corn starch
Just to make sure it's as dry as possible and to possible help keep the poops off of it. Sorry about the huge write up. And last time I wrote here I had someone *** me out cause I didn't paragraph my thing honestly if you have A problem with that don't bother mentioning it I'm here for my hedgehog not A grammar lesson. I don't need your negativity and I haven't done proper paragrahing since I was in grade 7. with technology I've totale like lost that useless skill..
Here's that pic, I think this was before he had a ingrown nail but as u can see if u zoom,his nails curl.. Both my previous hedgehogs nails didn't do this. And it makes it very hard to clip them. With the small nail clippers without hitting his quick
I suggest you go back and try to read your own post -- seriously... see just how difficult it is to read and follow. Normally it is quite easy to read one's own writing because you already know what is written. But I'd suspect that even you, as the writer, would have a hard time reading it without crossing lines (and if you are willing to be truly honest).
Paragraphs are not useless. They keep thoughts separated so the reader can digest what is written.
It's great that you are seeking advice. But by making a post difficult to read, it encourages those who may have great advice to just skip or ignore your post. It can just be too much effort to sift through rambling thoughts.
It is my sincere hope that you will give my post the same consideration that you expect others to give yours. Paragraphs make a post much more readable and that translates to more replies and more suggestions. Ultimately, by using paragraphs, you are helping yourself -- a win-win for both readers and yourself.
I have to agree with both mecki and the admin (the one you call bitch - I looked on through to see), paragraphs really help to make it more readable.
I honestly got very lost reading it - no offence I'm not trying to bitch, or give a grammer lesson, I have problems reading long posts with paragraphs anyway, so this is very difficult for me.
I can help but would appreciate if your reply was broke up into paragraphs to make it easier.
If I miss anything I'm sorry but I can't go back to check I have answered everything.
All hedgehog food is rubbish to put it blunt. Hedgehog food is full of fillers, and theres no meat in them. Honestly your a lot better with a mix of good quality cat biscuit. Its your hedgehog, so really your choice, but I would advice to stick with the cat biscuit.
The nails curling, my girls has a similar issues the front paw nails seem to just grow curling, and its a real pain I have to agree. Makes cutting then hard. So I brought a small nail file, and I just file them down to keep them short, be careful not to touch the skin and only touch the nails. But its a lot easier for keeping those front paw nails down.
If he is overweight, theres a few things you can do to help.
You said he doesn't like running on his wheel? Did you ever look to see if there may have been a reason why? Like maybe it tilted forward a bit to much so he didnt like it, or it wasnt a big enough surface for him - although most like 12" some, especially bigger hogs, prefer a little bigger.
The fat content of the food, I personally would stick to a 12-13% fat for a low active hog which he sounds like he is. What's the fat content of the food?
Unused carbs get turned into fat.
If theres a lot of carbs of the food, that he isnt using, then it will make him overweight.
As an example a food from the brand Applaws has 80% animal products, which means there will be very few carbs.
A food from the brand james well beloved has about 30% animal products, meaning theres likely to be more carbs in the diet.
This alone can create a fairly big change.
Whats this like in the food you have?
You also have to consider how much they eat, to how active they are. Like with all animals eating too much and not doing the activity to match will make them become overweight.
How much do you feed? How much does he eat?
This includes you biscuit, and any extras like wet meat, cooked meat, pet grad raw meat, egg, insects ect.
Clintonhipfner this is a family friendly forum, which you would know if you took time to read the forum rules. You have been put on moderation and if this happens again you will be removed from the group. Swearing of any type and insulting other members if not allowed.
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