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Old 06-06-2020, 11:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My hedgehog has been on a mix of food that he's eaten happily for months now- I just got new bags of the same food and mixed them in the same ratio I always have and he's been on food strike for the past two days.

Even finding foods he would eat has been a struggle so I'm kind of at a loss, I attempted to syringe feed him a bit today to get something in his stomach but he fights me on it hard. He'll eat mealworms so I'm giving him a few of those too, but should I continue trying with the new bags or try new food?

Have any of you ever had this issue? He's killin me!
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They haven't changed any of the ingredients have they?
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From what I can tell no, but I don't have his old food bag because I keep his food in a airtight container. I searched a bit but it doesn't seem like any formulations changed. One of the foods he's always liked more than the other so I tried giving him just that one and he still won't touch it.
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Weird. Is he eating everything else okay, his normal insects? Any extras you like egg or cooked meat?

He's acting normal? No lumps anywhere?
Not being less active?
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He's still running on his wheel at night and he's never been the most social hedgehog but not acting lethargic or anything so I don't believe it's anything medical, especially since his food strike coincides with when I got the new bags of food for him? He'll scarf down mealworms no problem and honestly he's never been super interested in foods outside of his kibble and mealworms. Occasionally i've cooked him egg but he usually doesn't eat much of it/just wants to anoint with it.

I honestly think it's just the food- I've seen him go over to it and sniff it and walk away so I think he thinks I've changed his food for some reason? But I'm afraid if I try anything different he'll just double down.
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The smell of the food may be different. I would stick with it. But if he hasn't eaten for a few days your going to need to syringe feed him with some wet cat food.
But hopefully he will realise its the same food!
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If anyone was wondering how this ended up/if people in the future have the same issue, I syringe fed him for a few days and eventually he just got over it smelling a little different so just stick with it haha
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I'm glad he started to eat again!
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