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I'm having some concerns about Fae's weight. I am familiar with the idea that teardrop shape and slender shape | | is fine for a hedgie while an hourglass shape is a sign of being underweight.

Today, while having Fae out for some play time, I noticed that while she is standing still/laying/ sitting/ her shape is slender. However, when she starts darting around she seems to be narrower where her rear legs are. (Back story: We are 'fixing' her diet from what she was on at the breeder's, still using the Purina One Naturals but have integrated in Wellness Indoor and Chicken Soup Lite. She has been eating well, in fact, since we've added the Wellness and Chicken Soup she eats more. She has normal poop. However, She IS a super runner. All she wants to do is run. She will be on the wheel from 1am - 5am and only breaks for food and water.)


Now, I am worried about her figure. Her weight has gone up slightly since we've added the better food, but she appears to be getting slimmer. I'm getting worried. Perhaps I should cut back on her wheel time? Supplement with more mealworms? (she gets 3-4 a day as is) Am I worrying over nothing?

I hope that I explained this well enough to get some answers. After finals, I cant really be sure that what I'm writing is even English. My brain is fried! :shock:
 

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LarryT said:
Do you weigh her often? If so what's her weight?
My Xavier is alittle guy and I have gradually got him up to 7 mealies a nite.
We weigh weekly, and she is currently 325g. I'm getting worried, just because that doesnt SOUND very big, especially since she was 320g a month ago. She just seemed to stop gaining weight. I just want her to be healthy :?
 

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LarryT said:
That is a pretty healthy weight IMO. My xavier is almost 250 :lol:
*sigh of relief* Awesome. Thank you for the prompt reply! Fae was 250 when we got her! I miss her being that tiny sometimes. But I'm glad you think that she is a healthy weight. I think I'm a little bit of a hedgie hypochondriac. The slightest thing and I'm online trying to find a fix!
 

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Nancy said:
You really can't go by a number as to what is a healthy weight. Like people, hedgehogs come in all sizes and what is a good weight for one may be too thin or too fat for another. Go by her body shape and how she feels. Some are slim runners body shape but they shouldn't be concave at the sides and they should not have a boney feel to them.
Thanks for the advice Nancy :) I think I'll start adding a few more meal worms to her daily diet and will keep a close count on her kibble. If mealies dont seem to be putting weight onto her, what would you suggest?
 
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