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Old 07-11-2020, 08:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Watson is about 3 1/2 years old. She loves to sniff around, loves her wormies, and loves sleeping above all else. Today my husband and I were getting ready to make dinner when we found her asleep in her water dish (face was out of the water, but bottom and legs were in the dish). She's never done this before. She refuses to unroll, too. Usually when we pick her up she unrolls quickly, or if we set her down she unrolls to run back into her bag. Instead she rolled tighter and refuses to unroll. She isn't even huffing at us, just silently balled up like a rock. Why was she asleep in the water? Why won't she unroll?
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Old 07-12-2020, 09:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hopefully you have tried warming her up by now due to how long ago this was posted. The refusing to unroll, curling up tighter with no noise are some of the ways they can react during a hibernation attempt. She needs to be held against your body until she warms. This is the preferred method to warm them as it helps increase their body temperature slowly.

While a hibernation attempt explains the behavior, it doesn't explain why she slept in her water. That is concerning. I'd suggest veterinary attention to have her checked over to see if they can figure out why it happened, and to double check that she didn't get any water in her lungs, etc.
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Today we checked on her, and she was doing okay in her snuggle bag. We just got home from family dinner and we checked on her again. She had moved, under her bag this time which she does from time to time. We noticed she hadnt eaten today. Or run. She usually starts eating around 6 or so. Its 9 right now. She also didnt react much to me picking her up. Didnt roll up and barely moved. We petted her belly a bit seeing if her tummy was hurting or if she was constipated. She didnt react. She just laid there on her back which is unusual for her. While we were checking on her, we noticed a bug lump on her neck under the right side of her jaw. I know domestic hedgies are prone to cancer. Would it explain her not eating or drinking? If it's cancer, do they even attempt treatment? I wouldn't be able to afford it if they do. Shes currently snuggled up on my chest. I cant bear to lose my baby &#x1f61e;
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Forgot to address it but we did try warming her with a bath.
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She needs a veterinarian to be evaluated. A large mass pressing in her neck/throat, etc can certainly cause her to not be able to eat or drink, it can also start to effect her breathing depending on its location. If its a mass, surgery is usually the method of treatment, but they can also try to provide palliative care. Some forms of cancer respond to steroids.


If she isn't drinking or eating, you need a veterinarian sooner than later. You should also start syringe feeding and trying to offer her water via syringe now as well.
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