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Old 03-03-2011, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Hedgehog wont eat her regular food.

Hey there! I got my new Hedgie this past saturday feb 26th. She ate the first night i took her home and she seemed normal. I bought her across state so i took her back to my regular house which is a 6hr drive from where i got her. She only ate little Sunday night and since sunday night hasn't touched her regular food. She gobbled up the mealworms i give her but has no interest in her breeders food. Any suggestions to get her to start eating her regular food again? She is a year and a half old also
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You need to get her to eat something now. If she hasn't eaten since Sunday that's 5 days, which is way too long without food.

You can offer her some wet cat food and see if she shows any interest. If she doesn't, you can mix the wet cat food with all natural low sodium chicken broth and use a sirynge without the needle to give it to her. She might struggle a little bit though.

Is she drinking?

What's the temperature in her cage? Do you have a thermometer there?

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She has been eating meal worms the past couple of days. and i talked to her breeder and i think her cage was a little too cold so i bought a space heater and a heating pad to warm her up. She has been drinking though yes, Pretty much the same but not eating her regular food. I'm hoping the space heater will change her behavior.
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You need a thermomether to make sure her cage stays warmer than 73F. Between 73-78F is the safe range but personally I find 73 too cold for them and would aim for 75F at least.
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Her cage is at about 80 now and i have a heating pad for her also. How long does it usually take for her to be eating normally again?
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