In fact she hates it. I put a large, new cat litter box filled with water in the corner and she showed no interest in it. I added a bubble stone with an air pump hoping the bubbles would help her realize its water and tempt her more. Nothing. I've given her baths regularly in the tub, she spends the entire time trying to climb my arms but no drinking. I mist her several times a day and focus around the face hoping she'll lick the drops off. No luck. I do spray her food liberally with water to make sure she's still getting quite a bit of moisture every day but thats the only way she'll take it. She's stopped freaking out when I put her in the litter box and even seems to enjoy the bubbles on her belly but no drinking. I'm worried she'll become dehydrated. What signs should I be wary of? Anyone else with an aquaphobic ig?
I think this is pretty typical. My ig also has never shown any interest in water...I've never seen him drink from the tub or the bowl of water in his cage.
The one thing I've started doing to make sure he gets some water is right after I take him out of his bath I fill an eyedropper with water and drip it out in front of his mouth. I sometimes add a bit of pedialyte to give it some taste and as soon as he realizes its there he laps up at least four droppers full. I make this part of our routine in the morning.
Post by prism_wolf on Mar 30, 2008 12:28:42 GMT -8
Some people go their whole igs' lives without seeing them drink. Sometimes they get a little seepage in the tub through their mouth...sometimes the misted food is enough depending on how often you do so.
I also offer water from a syringe for Zair...and sometimes he drinks from the spray bottle.
First signs of dehydration is the lateral fold of skin that runs along the body. If it's very pronounced then you may want to figure out an added water option.
yeah, you'll likely not see Miss A drink at all. To ensure that she's getting enough, definitely mist her food, if she's eating as you said in another post (like a horse this will help keep her hydrated. Judging by the pics she looks in great shape. No need to do pedialyte really, since it's kind of a last resort for dehydrated iguanas who won't eat either. I'm sure she's fine, if needs be she knows were the water is.
I didn't think my Ig was interested in water either. But today when he went in for his daily bath, he practically dunked his head in and drank. Haha, it was funny. His face was like "A whole nother world opened up!". He also got to dipping his head in and then shaking it to see the water ripple. The cutie :]
But basically, I just make sure theres always water, even if I never see him drink. I also spray his food with water every time. The daily bath helps, as well.
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