Todays update….We have sorted out the food, removed the corn and sunflower seeds since some sites say for diabetics those foods should be eliminated. We’ve been careful about veggies also, no more carrots after the last incident.
Maria was active ALL morning. Strange for her, usually it isn’t until early afternoon does she reappear after her morning run. We had her in her ball and maze to tire her out, back in her cage and she continued to run, climb and want out. Then I realized my daughter cleaned Marias litterbox today and put in fresh corn cob pellets. Maria immediately went to eating the litter when the box was placed in her cage. This is not new litter, it’s the same we’ve always used. Although since we’ve eliminated the corn, she now smells it a food source? She continued running allover the cage in overdrive. A few hours after the corn eating, she had another ‘fit’. I first heard her screaming, so I went over to see. She was on her back trying to bite the air, paws flailing. It’s uncontrollable running at this point, she was under the wheel stuck for a few seconds, then in the wheel on her back all over the cage. I’m afraid she’s going to hurt herself. I try to interrupt her and get her in the paper tube so she doesn’t get hurt but she’s disoriented. After a few minutes, she lays flat and still, recovering I’m sure. My daughter wanted to comfort her, but Maria was still disoriented so she bit her.
Immediately I dumped the litter and replaced it with another material. Maria went back into her cage and went to sleep.
I’m so confused as to what could be wrong with her. I also wonder, since my daughter and I aren’t home during the weekdays if these are happening during the day and we just don’t know it until the weekend.