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Old 12-14-2009, 06:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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My hedgehog occasionally eats his own poop. Yeah.....ummmm is this normal?!?!
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I have never seen any of our hedgies eat their poop. I don't think it's normal. You need to look at it's diet...what are you feeding your hedgie? Maybe he feels like he's not getting something he needs......
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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is he just kinda eating it just cuz he is curious or does it look like he is literally eating the whole thing and then swallowing it , cuz 1 time pinchita ate her own poop and she spit it out right away she didnrt like it. if she is really eating it then i agree its probably a nutrition problem.
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Well my theory is that since I feed him around 8 pm he is hungry once again around 1 am and the poop is the only thing present.
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hedgehogs should have food available to them all the time, if he's eatting his feces because he's that hungry then that is not healthy and he's starving
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Old 12-15-2009, 01:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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always always always always have food present! We cannot stress this enough!!!

Besides your hedgie should not be forced to eat at 8pm anyways....that is still daylight during the summer months, hedgies eat at night and should always have food so they can eat when they want to...not when you want them to!
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Old 12-15-2009, 07:49 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Sounds like the poor little guy is starving. He needs to have food present at all times.
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Old 12-15-2009, 04:45 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
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First of all my hedgehog is not starving or in any sort of poor condition. His wake up time has always been 8pm thats when he wakes up. As far as always having food present....will not work with my hedgie he WILL eat himself to death. I tried that once and he was so full he couldn't function properly.
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Old 12-15-2009, 05:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You asked for opinions...
And the opinion is... he is starving and/or is nutritionally deficient.
If given the option to eat actual food, or poop... I'd rather feed him proper food...
But that's just my opinion, you might be ok with him eating poop.
Though you may have to look into some sort of wormer that would be safe for hedgies if you chose to continue to limiting his food and forcing him to eat poop, as otherwise, he'll most likely get a tummy full of worms.

What brand of food are you feeding?
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Old 12-15-2009, 05:08 PM   #10 (permalink)
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If he is gorging himself when he has an unlimited supply it is most likely because he has gotten used to not having enough to eat so is over eating because he knows it won't be there later on.

He is eating his poop for a reason and if he does not have food available when he wants/needs it, he will eat what is available.

Eating at 8pm when he wakes up is fine but they also eat all through the night when they are up and active and some eat during the day as well. The majority of their eating is done in the middle of the night.
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