For the past few days, my hedgehog has been almost completely immobile. She was able to slowly wobble around a cage for a day, but now is only able to curl slightly (but not fully), and wiggle her nose. She's been just lying on her side for around 2 days now, and doesn't seem at all interested in food (although she still drinks water if I put her head in her water dish).

She doesn't make any noises indicating that she's in pain or anything, she just lies there. The only odd thing I've noticed (besides her not moving) is that her eyes seem to have a blue tinge to them, and keep twitching.

I wasn't able to take her to the vet when it first started, and now, she's looking rough enough that I'm not sure that they can do anything. I don't have enough money currently to take her in just so they can look at her (I've heard that can be upwards of $100).

Do these symptoms match anything treatable, or should I start looking into more unfortunate options?

Hedgehog laying on its side
(Her lying on her side)

Closeup of hedgehog's eye
(Close-up of her eye. I couldn't get a good picture of the blue, as it's around the outside of her eye, and only shows when they're bulged a bit. They've always seemed slightly blue, but it seems to be more pronounced now)

Additional information:

I'm guessing she's around 5 years old. She was quite small when I got her, and I've had her for around 2 years. She eats organic cat food (high protein and fiber, low fat), a "superfood" mix from safeway (kale, broccoli, cabbage), and freeze-dried super worms.

That has been her consistent diet for the past year and a half (she was on wet cat food before). She's never had any other problems, other then being very reclusive; although that seems to be a fairly common trait for hedgehogs.

  • Do you have a picture? Especially of the blue tinge you're noticing. – Spidercat Oct 7 '14 at 23:40
  • Note: You're still going to want to consider a vet. Especially since there's no guarantee that you'll get an answer before it's late. Look into low cost vet clinics or vets that support payment plans if money is a concern. – Spidercat Oct 7 '14 at 23:43
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    I found a vet, so I'm taking her after work. And thanks. She doesn't make any noises that you'd expect from pain though. The only sound I've heard her make is a sneeze if I accidently dunk her nose in the water. – Carcigenicate Oct 8 '14 at 11:52
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    When you get back from the vet please post what they tell you as an answer. Also followup with an edit to the answer how the solution works. That will make it available to others with similar issues. – James Jenkins Oct 8 '14 at 12:51
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    Will do. If I can't get an appointment today, I might have to go tomorrow on my day off, but I'll be sure to report back regardless. – Carcigenicate Oct 8 '14 at 12:53

I took her to the vet. It ended up being WHS; a disease comparable to MS in humans. It's incurable, and she was euthanized :(.

Sorry if this is the case for anyone else.

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    Condolences on your loss. – James Jenkins Oct 13 '14 at 22:49
  • Thank you. At least she's not suffering anymore. – Carcigenicate Oct 13 '14 at 22:52
  • this is so sad. so sorry for fer. Sorry – Hani Gotc Feb 22 '19 at 23:40

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