The dandelion is a popular pet. Bright color, unpretentiousness in food and low price made this breed a frequent inhabitant of domestic terrariums.
Not all owners follow the rules of pet care and feeding. Most often, the red-eared turtle does not eat, is sluggish and sleeps due to inappropriate conditions.
Causes of loss of appetite – from improper care and puberty to the conditions in the terrarium and diseases.
Feed your pet with specialized feed and approved foods. Improper nutrition will cause not only loss of appetite, but also all kinds of diseases of the intestinal tract.
The diet of an adult red-eared turtle necessarily includes meat, sea fish with bones, shrimps, as well as vegetable food.
It’s impossible to make a turtle eat the food she didn’t like.
Juveniles will not eat vegetables.
Often, the animal refuses to eat with excessively frequent feedings. The young eats every day, and adults feed every 2 days.
Normalize the food system, watch the pet to find out how much food it needs.
If the portion is not eaten completely, reduce the amount of feed.
Diseases of internal organs do not appear outwardly. If the animals are lethargic, refuse to eat, constantly trying to fall asleep, then only the veterinarian can determine the cause.
He will prescribe the correct treatment, recommend vitamins, advise on the diet.
The most common mistake in the content. Ensure that the temperature is kept constant to the extent necessary for the breed. Reptiles can not independently maintain body temperature.
When hypothermia becomes lethargic, refuse to eat, get sick and die.
Aqueous rocks exhibit a lack of heat by keeping their surface solely. If the reptile does not swim at all, pneumonia is possible..
Animals are stressed. Loud sounds, sudden movements, a sudden change of the usual conditions – these factors lead to the rejection of food.
Eliminate sources of stress, the appetite will gradually return.
The hibernating individual accordingly refuses to eat. Pet becomes sluggish and inactive, constantly sleeping.
Veterinarians do not recommend such overwintering at home, as it is associated with the risk of death of the animal. To avoid hibernation, ensure a constant temperature of around 30 degrees and a clear daylight day, or consult a professional.
If the pet does not eat on the 5th day after hibernation, take it to a veterinarian. Exhaustion, dehydration, or a disease of gout or liver failure is possible.
During puberty, males become more active, but they eat much less than during normal times. After the mating season, food consumption will return to normal.
With a sharp change of environment, it will take time to get comfortable. Follow the usual animal mode and diet. Accustomed to a new place, the pet will begin to eat.
If you want to change the food plan, do it when the animal settles down.
Wild animals caught in a terrarium experience stress and often refuse food for a week. Be patient and create indoor conditions close to natural.
If, however, after the habituation, the turtle does not eat well, reconsider the diet.
When constipated, the turtle does not eat anything. If the pet has not had a chair for a long time, then consult a veterinarian to identify the exact problem.
Males are quite aggressive towards each other. And the repressed individual may not receive a sufficient amount of feed, or refuse it altogether.
This situation threatens the life and health of the animal.
The longer the eared tortoise eats nothing, the more dangerous its condition becomes. Consult a specialist.
If this is not possible, for example, there are no veterinarians specializing in reptiles in the city, start by checking compliance with the conditions of detention.
Without food turtles do without damage to health for 3 weeks. In emergency situations up to 3 months.
The reasons for lack of appetite are many. Find a problem and solve it can a specialist. If the tortoise does not eat, is very sluggish and sleeps, and there are no apparent reasons, do not delay with a visit to the vet.
Pay attention to the change in the state of the pet. And remember: to prevent the disease, observing the basic rules of care, is easier than curing the consequences.