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Hi everyone!

I picked up my new baby hedgehog yesterday morning from my local petstore. (Yes I know, no one like pet store hedgie, but I wasn't going to wait on an 8 month waiting list for the only breeder in CT.) Anyways, I've had her for a day and she's not eating!!! I'm worried something wrong, I had bought her the same "Vitakraft" food they were using in the store, to at somepoint start switching her over to a cat food or some other more nutrishional hedgie food. I know she did do some drinking last night, cause she knocked her water bottle off the side of the cage. I also found the poops she did last night before I went to bed, in her food dish, i'm maybe thinking she thinks it a toilet? I'm worried and I need some advice. She seems to be friendly and all, I had her out of her cage last night when she finaly woke up after she did some exploring of her cage for about 45 minutes. She seemed fine, she got along with my whole family, including my two dogs. She was a very happy hedgie. :) Still didnt eat though, I even tried giving her a few meal worm treats and she didnt even take those. :( SO I dont know, here the pictures of where she lives and of her, she's a cutie.

Thanks for looking,

Living space: The bedding is a mix of White Pine, Spurce, and one other wood that NOT Ceader!
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I did put a box for a while for her to sleep in but she stopped using it last night.
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Here she is, I have not named her yet...
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Re: My new baby, But i'm having issues...

Hi Rob and welcome to the world of Hedgehog husbandry, wherein so many fellow forum users are finding enjoyment :D Hopefully with experience and some research you'll know as much as them.

This might not be your situation, but I've had the experience of a new hedgehog being slow to start eating in a new environment and others that ate in different styles and at different rates. One piece of advise I was given was to offer a variety of foods. You might try two quality brands of cat food and see if you notice a preference towards one. If I understood your post right you're still in the 1st 24hrs ;) don't panic yet.


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