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Old 07-02-2015, 11:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Dobby, my hedgehog, ever since I got him.. his poop was green but not jelly like. Yet I became concerned due to the forums here saying that green means his stressed/going through changes until yesterday his poop became brown...

But a while ago it was green again... And he keeps on sleeping and with searching on the net I believe he is hibernating and it says here that too much hibernation is bad.

A while ago he was sleeping and the moment he woke up I played with him and while walking he started wobbling and then fell asleep.

I was scared that he might be dead but rest assured he's not.

I sometimes wake him up just to see if he's still alive.

He became 3 mos old yesterday and I'm already planning to take him to the vet this weekend.

In the meantime I would like to know what I can do about this. I also tried heating and lighting but I just started it today.
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Heating, lighting are important. However rest is important. Your hedgehog is still a baby. Let him sleep during the day, then in the evening get him out to play. If he doesn't play and goes back to sleep, that's fine too.
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You need to start reading all the stickies in each topic here. Especially pay attention to the heating, caging and behavior sections.

You need at least 12-14 hours of light every day.

You need to maintain a temperature of 74-76 degrees. You must have a thermometer in the cage so you know.

ANY HIBERNATION IS BAD. Our little guys can't survive it.

Please educate yourself so you can take good care of your little one.
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you I just learned to check his tummy in case of a hibernation attempt... And it's warm. How would you know if he's just sleeping?
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As long as Dobby's cage is properly heated and is on a consistent light cycle of 12-14 hours of light per day, he is pretty safe from hibernation attempts. I'm not saying it can't happen, but it's not something you need to worry about constantly. That's why a good set-up is so important for hedgehogs.

I'd be more worried about green feces at this point. My breeder advised me to contact a vet if the green feces lasted more than a few days. What food are you giving him? Is there anything that could be chronically stressing him out like a lack of consistent light cycle, noise, frequent sleep interruptions, etc?
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As long as Dobby's cage is properly heated and is on a consistent light cycle of 12-14 hours of light per day, he is pretty safe from hibernation attempts. I'm not saying it can't happen, but it's not something you need to worry about constantly. That's why a good set-up is so important for hedgehogs.

I'd be more worried about green feces at this point. My breeder advised me to contact a vet if the green feces lasted more than a few days. What food are you giving him? Is there anything that could be chronically stressing him out like a lack of consistent light cycle, noise, frequent sleep interruptions, etc?
It might be caused by the inconsistent light cycle... I just learned about it yesterday. I feed him 'Beef Pro' which I also bought from the breeder... so I kinda doubt that's it.


And in addition to his green poops... I noticed him scratching but not often. So I don't think it's mites... but I'm not so sure. Since he's quilling but I checked his quills... it has a rounded tip, which I read from other articles are just normal quilling/ baby quilling. It might be dry skin though...
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Beef pro the dog food? I can't find nutritional info on it but you might want to swing by the nutrition section of the forum and read through the stickies. Also a member on here has written a great e book and it talks a great deal on nutrition and how to compare labels. Her name is lizardgirl, the link to the book is in her signature.
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Beef pro the dog food? I can't find nutritional info on it but you might want to swing by the nutrition section of the forum and read through the stickies. Also a member on here has written a great e book and it talks a great deal on nutrition and how to compare labels. Her name is lizardgirl, the link to the book is in her signature.
Yes, that's the one. I bought from the breeder so that Dobby will not be too stressed with his house changing and everything, I thought it would be best to give him the same food given to him by the breeder.

Thanks I'm going to check it out right now
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Update on Dobby's poop... It's a bit brown now right?
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You're absolutely right in giving him the same food the breeder has given him...for a week or two, until he's less stressed.

He seems to be adjusting now, so I'd try to start switching him to a higher quality food. As suggested, look in the nutrition section for sticky topics on choosing food and transitioning. I know your options are limited, but I think you should have a couple of decent options.

I'm still a bit concerned that it seemed to take long for his poop to look normal (and it does look pretty good from what I can tell in the picture). He could have just taken awhile to settle, but I feel like there's probably something else going on. Though his food is the same the breeder gave him, it still could be dietary. I think it's good that you have a vet appointment set up.

And finally, here is the book twobytwopets mentioned. It really is a great resource, and it has a wonderful tutorial on choosing food.
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