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Old 11-05-2011, 11:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So, here goes nothing lol

I sleep with a nightlite.

Yup. lol.

Every since I watched the movie The Fourth Kind, I have such a hard time sleeping without a nightlite.

My question is, will this bother the hedgehog?? She'll be in my room, and there's really nowhere else for her to go. Its not crazy bright, its a yellow lite, that's dimmed so it's not annoying to me.
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Old 11-05-2011, 12:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I regularly use my laptop/iPod touch at night while my hedgie is up and about and she never notices it.

IMO, if you put the nightlight on the opposite side of the room from the cage (so the light from it doesn't hit the cage directly), she should be fine.
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Old 11-05-2011, 02:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Some hedgies are bothered by even little bits of light, so if you find that she's not eating much or running much on her wheel, you could try covering the front of her cage so that there's absolutely no light getting through from the nightlight and see if that perks her activity up. Doesn't sound like it's too bright though, so hopefully you shouldn't have any problems!
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Old 11-05-2011, 04:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks!! I might try to switch to a dimmer one, like those blue or red ones.
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try a red light...supposedly hedgies can't see red or it just plain doesn't bother most for whatever reason. definitely worth a shot and if it still bugs her (reduced activity, reduced water or food intake, etc.) then you may just have to learn to sleep without a night light otherwise it will start to really affect her health and could even throw her into a hibernation attempt.
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Old 11-05-2011, 05:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm SO worried about my hedgie going into hibernation. That would be soooo scary
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Old 11-05-2011, 07:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Please don't take that as me saying that for sure your baby will try to hibernate if the light thing doesn't change. All I was saying is as said before some hedgies are very sensitive to light and I know some night lights are pretty bright. With it on (depending on how bright it is, where the cage is placed, and other things) they may not be able to distinguish night and day which could potentially send them into a hibernation attempt. Every hedgie is different on what they can tolerate and if its not affecting her/his sleep, eating, water intake, bowel movements, and their energy level then its probably not a problem. To be safe though I'd go w no light at all at night or the red light if you have to have one and try that.
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You can always wrap a towel around the side of the cage towards the nightlight. Clothespins work great for holding towel or cloth on the cage. I use a towel around the side of the cage with I have a rescue living in my bedroom during quarantine so the TV won't bother him/her.
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