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05-09-2019 09:10 AM
Kalandra Good news! I still have to wonder if her eyesight is going which could explain getting up during the day. She's only sleeping at night? I have had some who still had good eyesight that got up during the day. I always thought that maybe like us their bladder weakens as they age and "Hey, while I'm up I might as well have a bite to eat.". But they often got up to eat/potty during the evening hours too.
05-07-2019 05:26 PM
QueenTruffles Just wanted to update: The last 5 days, Truffles has eaten and gone in her wheel to exercise and is having normal pee and poo. She is eating her regular dry kibble again, and I'd say she eats about 90% of her daily food. Yesterday she was licking me and anointing herself. Everything seems just about back to normal, besides the fact that she is coming out to eat, drink, exercise and go to the bathroom only during the day now - usually about noonish, and then again in the late afternoon, sometimes early evening. So that part is still off. Other than that, she seems basically back to her normal self.
04-26-2019 01:46 PM
QueenTruffles Hi! I was able to get almost 2 more ml of the wet food in to her. I also trimmed up her nails and we hung out for a bit.

I was out this morning (I volunteer at a cat shelter) but my husband was home and he messaged me to say she was out eating! When I got home, she had eaten about 60-70% of her dry kibble, and a tiny bit of her wet food. He said she also drank "a lot" of water, but I'm not sure how much water is too much? She didn't go in her wheel last night and she is back in her bed, but I'm hoping since she ate, that she will go running tonight. I also put the temp up a little bit more too.

I haven't heard any sneezing today and even last night I didn't hear any. Only in the afternoon. That's true too, she licks her nose a ton (She's even licking her nose in my profile pic lol) Thanks so much for checking on us!

Fingers crossed for tonight!
04-26-2019 10:27 AM
Kalandra How did last night go?

If the sneezing doesn't continue I'd likely chalk it up to she had a fuzzy or something on her nose. A little moisture doesn't bother me as they lick their noses a lot.
04-25-2019 03:00 PM
QueenTruffles Also, when I had her out, she was sneezing (maybe 2-3 times). No mucous or discharge came out, but I could feel a tiny "spray" of wetness on my arm after.
04-25-2019 02:42 PM
QueenTruffles Thank you SO much for all of your help and support, honestly. I truly appreciate it, so much. I've got some in her sleeping area, outside her hut 🙂
04-25-2019 02:36 PM
Kalandra Keep at it, slow progress is at least some food going in. It can take a few tries to get them to eat, they don't really understand what you are doing. But she needs to be syringe fed if she isn't going to eat on her own until you figure out why she's not eating on her own.

Put some in her sleep area, see if she will eat any there.
04-25-2019 02:28 PM
QueenTruffles I was finally able to get 1ml of food in her. (Wet food with water in a syringe) Half way through she wanted to flail around and burrow lol, but then she ate the second half. Both times she seemed to eat it quite enthusiastically. But when I put the food down for her to see if she was interested in it, she smelled it quite a bit but then would leave it and go wandering around.

1 good thing was that before I fed her, she had a normal poop. About average, maybe a little less than she usually has when she is out and about.
04-25-2019 01:40 PM
QueenTruffles Hey there, I am about to syringe feed her now. I have both wet food, and her dry kibble mashed up and watered down. I really hope this helps. Behaviorally, she is acting the same as ever! She is still very active, and very alert to sounds and smells. She's still social (for her kind of social). Thanks for the tips on the feeding and temp, I'll let you know how things go!
04-25-2019 09:55 AM
Kalandra If she still isn't acting right, take her in and have her checked out. Something is amiss, its just figuring out what.

I'm going to guess the 10 week number the length of time a hedgehog who hibernates can go without eating. With our little ones we need to start syringe feeding really soon after they go off their food as they quickly become weak and fatty liver sets in.

For feeding, you can do a couple of things, one is to crush her current kibble as fine as you can and add enough water to it to make it a paste. This will cause the least amount of stomach upset as its her normal diet. Another option, and does have some chance of stomach upset due to diet change is to buy a pate style canned cat food. I've had really good luck with Wellness turkey the last couple of times I needed to use it, but really any pate style should work. You may need to add a little water to it to get it to flow easier.

For amount, target getting 1 cc of food per hour. So at least 24 cc in 24 hours.

I'd start syringe feeding her now. If she hasn't eaten she will need the energy. Monitor her weight. If you can get several small meals in her vs one big meal that is fine.

Green stools mucousy stools can be caused by a variety of things. Collect a sample in a plastic baggie and take it with you on your veterinary trip. They can simply be from stress, dietary stress/change, intestinal upset/infection, antibiotic use, etc. Their GI is easily thrown off by any change.

One other thought, as they get older and if they are sick, monitor her cage temperature closely. You may need to turn her cage temperature up a lot more to keep her more comfortable.
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