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Old 12-09-2008, 10:55 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by LizardGirl
Like I said in the previous post, I am 99% sure she hasn't gotten pregnant.
If one is spayed, then obviously there would be no babies. If they are not, then YES, there was babies and they didn't make it. If you read previous posts in this thread, sevaral people state that it is difficult to notice a hedgie's pregnacy, and some may go through the entire pregnacy and birth without any obvious signs. I know for a fact this happens with mice all the time, as I raise them, and one of my does will never change in appearance/weight/appetite, yet she still has her babies, nurses them, etc. and is a great mother.
Aw, I'm trying to convince myself that that's not the case. I would hate to have known that that happened. I hope they were sexed incorrectly, or at the very least, spayed! You seem to be quite knowledgeable; if she is spayed, would you recommend keeping them in the same cage (because they seem to be so friendly with other), or should I still keep them caged separately? I'm beginning to realise that I should just find another one altogether, as it seems like so much work with these two! :(
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:43 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I would suggest, if one or both has been spayed/neutered, keeping them together. If there has been no fighting, they are probably bonded and would be stressed by the separation (although, hedgies are solitary creatures).

If neither is altered, you might be able to have one spayed (I would say the female, because she would be having the worst of it on her reproductive tract) and them still live together. If you don't go down that route, it may be best just to keep them apart.

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