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Old 09-14-2022, 01:10 PM   #1
Newborn Pup
Join Date: Dec 2020
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Default New but not eating

My best friend died a week and a half ago at 2.5 years old. I wasn't going to run out and get another ham so quick, but I went to Petsmart to get a Halloween costume for my dog (don't judge me) and fell in love with a jet black syrian.

They (don't know gender yet because I'm not touching) haven't eaten in over 24 hours. I specifically got the bag of the brand Petsmart uses to switch to a different brand safely and they won't touch any.

They also RAN on the wheel last night from like 5pm to lord knows how late. This morning when I checked on how they settled in, I thought they were dead because they didn't respond to stimuli for a good minute.

Ive had 6 hams now throughout my life and I've never had an issue with one settling in before. Obviously the low energy could be attributed to over exercising and not eating... but should I be worried?

When should I take her to the vet if not eating?
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Old 09-14-2022, 01:14 PM   #2
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Default Re: New but not eating

Congratulations on your new little one. Is it possible they have eaten a tiny bit and you have not noticed? A few seeds may not be noticeable.
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Old 09-14-2022, 01:40 PM   #3
Ria P
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Default Re: New but not eating

Congratulations to your new furry friend.
Is the water bottle working ok? You could offer a tiny piece of cucumber if they are not drinking. They could have had some food stored in their pouches and eaten that.
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Old 09-21-2022, 02:52 PM   #4
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Default Re: New but not eating

It can take them 10 days to two weeks to fully settle into a cage and familiarize themselves and it can take a couple of days for them to decide where to nest and hoard. I am sure they have taken some food and you haven't noticed. Maybe add a few healthy treats around the cage and see if they disappear. Eg a few pumpkin seeds, half a walnut etc.

At least he or she likes their wheel! If you can post a photo we can tell you if they are male or female

Males have a different shaped back end.
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brand, eating, late, morning, petsmart

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