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okay so when i had lulu out to play today i noticed that when she pooped it was a little mushy and it almost look kind of grainy? then right before i put her back she had kind of a clear slimy gel type stuff after she pooped. what could this indicate? i did just start to add wellness to her food as i am trying sitch her over to it. could that be the cause of this? and also the poop in her cage is always normal. it was just today when i had her out running around. Thanks,

oh and also she is about 11 weeks old,
 

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Same thing happened to vex, As much as he likes wellness and refuses to eat his other foods it makes his poop grainy and smelly. The slime is from a upset stomach from switching foods, but some hedgehogs cannot fully digest wellness and it seems to leave grainy poop. Vex has gotten better with this over time, and now i very rarely find a grainy poop. The vet also did a stool sample and nothing was wrong.
 

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thanks for your reply. i didint know that wellness was hard to digest. thats interesting..
 

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it depends on the hedgie. Some have no reaction to it, but some have grainy smelly poop (like my vex).

I personally am trying to swap my wellness with something else, but all the samples i have brought home vex won't touch. I always provide him a variety but he will eat 30-40 pieces of wellness a night, 1 piece of Natural Balance and 9 pieces of Chicken soup. He usually eats 40-50 kibble a night. I believe he eats one piece of natural balance a night just to anoint.
 

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Pepper always has grainy poop, and yes it's extra stinky and hard to clean up because of the graininess :lol: one night he was running on his wheel and he pooped and obviously ran in it and it stunk up my whole room, i could hardly sleep!

He's on Wellness Indoor Health and he seems to love it but I should add another food to the mix. I also didn't know it was hard to digest, but I guess that would definitely explain the graininess. Any suggestions on a good food that would complement Wellness?
 

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I find that if i reduce the amount of wellness in the mix he will get better poops, so it is definatly the wellness, and i am going to remove it completely when this bag is done, or maybe only include it as a treat.
 

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Huh, that's interesting. I've never had a problem with Wellness in that sense at all. Mine's diet mostly consist of Wellness, and I recently added Natural Balance. His poop has always been "normal".
 

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I've heard of numerous problems with Wellness being too rich for some hedgehogs, babies in particular. I tried it a couple of years ago but only a couple would even try it so I have no clue how their tummies would have reacted.
 
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