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Old 08-18-2011, 06:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is it natural behaviour????

The last couple of nights my baby girl Rolo has been sleeping outside of her snuggle sac and tube, in the open. I was wondering if it is natural behaviour??
She's eating and wheeling as normal and looks healthy enough. She was bought from a pet shop so we are unsure of her exact age but we worked out she is around 6 mths. She is a little grumpy at the min as she is quilling. Any ideas/advice welcome. Her cage temp is 23.0 dc. Is temp to warm/cold maybe??
I'm pretty new to hedgies and worry ova slightest thing.
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hedgehogs sometimes sleep in weird places at random the following things should be monitored:

Food Intake Changes: If she is eating less
Wheeling Less: Less active
Poop: The stool being different colors or less solid can be an issue

If nothing of those has changed it may just be your hedgehog tired of its setup which mine do from time to time and I change a few things up to stimulate them.

An igloo is a nice alternate option stuffed with fleece strips to snuggle into.

Some prefer nothing in their home its all up to their personality.

Sleeping in the open is not usually a good thing as they are prey animals, but it could be your hedgehog doesn't feel there is any threat to it, I would monitor your hedgehog closely.

Age is hard to say with pet shop hedgehogs its possible your hedgehog is quilling at six months but usually it occurs much earlier then that so be sure new quills are growing in.

Mites and other quill loss parasites and bacteria can cause your hedgehog to change sleeping areas.

The temp is a bit lower if I am not mistaken I am not too good with Celsius, but I think that's are 73 to 74 degrees F.

I would increase the temp just a notch for safety as hedgehogs have been known to hibernate at that temp especially once older.
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