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Old 06-11-2019, 11:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Lethargy and not getting up to poop

I have a female hedgehog, 2.5 years old. For a few months now I've been concerned about her. It started with her not using her wheel as much, which I thought was just her not being super interested in it temporarily. As time went on I kept an eye on her, but her eating, drinking, bathroom habits stayed the same as usual so I didn't worry as much. She gets excited about treats, still walks around fine, but doesn't seem as motivated to explore or move around as she used to be. Two weeks ago I took her to the vet because the concern about her lethargy was really getting to me. The vet said she looked great, felt her tummy for lumps, checked out her feet, her skin, watched her walk around, tested stool samples for parasites, everything seemed normal. She had gained some weight since I last weighed her but that made sense considering she hasn't been exercising as much. Tonight though she pooped twice in the little towel I let her sleep in while she's sitting on my lap, and she didn't move or get up to do it, she just sat in it. I had noticed recently that she seemed to be pooping outside of her cage more when she was hanging out on the couch with me, but her potty training has never been perfect so it didn't set off alarm bells until now when she's not even getting up to poop. I don't really know what could be wrong but I'm fearing the worst if it flew under the vet's radar.
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ok, ruling out the most simple and common problems first, what's the temperature in the cage?
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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As shes's got older she may want it warmer than before, I'd try turning up the heat in the cage a little and see if that helps at all
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't necessarily see a problem. My hedgehog isnt that active unless I take him out on the couch then he runs in the wheel for hours on the couch, meanwhile his cage is more spacious.. but he prefers to hide a lot when in there.. go figure.
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