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Periodic hunger strike

2016 Views 7 Replies 5 Participants Last post by  aces_spades
Ahoy All, It has been quite awhile since I posted.

Izzy's skin problems have cleared right up although I have no idea who thought a liquid perscriptions to be ingested are a good idea needs a reality check. She hated the syringe.

Anywho, After spending the summer in my tv room with the vents closed so the air conditioning wouldn't freeze her I have moved Iz back into my room. Temp is the same. She was fine for the first week but monday morning when I woke up I noticed her wheel and food had been untouched. When I picked her up she was cold even though she has a heating pad under her teepee. I grabbed a spoonful of wet cat food and although she wouldn't eat it while I was holding her,left it in her cage and asked my mother to check on her while I was at school. She goobled the food and was fine for the next two days, running, drinking, popping and eating normally. This morning her food had again been untouched as well as her water although she had obviously run on her wheel (I clean it everyday). She was cold again. She has not lost any weight and seems in fine health when I take her out. I again put some wet cat food on a dish and she woke up to snuffle at it and grabbed a piece of her regular kibble

Is it usual for pigs to go off their feed like that or should I be organizing a vet visit?
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Her cage has two sections, each with a over head ceramic heater, both of which have a thermometer and rheostat ( the thing that controls the temp.) as her sleeping cage is longer and the heater is on the end she has a heating pad set on low under just her teepee.

I should add that she warms right up once she starts moving. As I don't wake her when it's obvious her food, wheel and water have been disturbed I'm not certain if it's normal for her temp to drop when she is unactive/sleeping.
I was thinking the same thing about adding another heater that is.

I just got home and she's absolutely fine again, Warm and hungry.

As for the rheostat I'm not actually sure if thats what it's called, but you do set it to the temperature that you want it at and it shuts off the ceramic heater when it exceeds that and turns it back on when it goes below.

I may try the light timer like you suggested. I live in Alberta and the days are already getting ridiculously short

Thankyou :D
Izzy's doing much better now. After checking my set up I found out one of my thermometers was broken. I've replaced both just to be safe and started a log so that it won't happen again. Thanks for the help guys :)
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