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Old 07-17-2016, 08:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I received my sweet little Hagrid about 2-3 months ago (he's gone through his grumpy quilling stage, I believe) and he's back to his kinda grumpy, but lovable self.

Just the other day, my boyfriend and I finally got him a wheel that is big enough for him to use. After the first night of trying to get him comfortable with it (he was terrified of it at first), he's been on it every night since for hours on end.

This morning, I woke up to go to work and checked on him to find him laying in the middle of his cage rather than curled up in his little house with his fleece blanket. I've never found him like this before and rushed over to make sure he was alright. He did his normal huffing and puffing, and even a growl (?), until I managed to pick up the ball of quills. Even after I'd held him for a minute or two, he was still balled up and making the weird growling noise.

I managed to get him out of his ball by holding him longer and gave him some water (had to move it to make room for the wheel), and he drank a bit before I put him and it back in his cage (made sure to put him in front of the bottle so he could remember where it was), and he crawled into his house like he normally does.

I don't know if I'm just being overly worried that he was taking a nap in the middle of his cage, but it just seems really, really odd. His diet and play/nap on mom's lap schedule is still the same, but he looked so strange just laying in the middle of his cage not moving even when I turned on the lights.

I checked his paws to see if he'd twisted his foot or something, but they seemed fine (he hates when I mess with his toes).

Any tips or anyone else experienced this strange phenomenon recently??

- Scarlet
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Old 07-17-2016, 06:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldn't worry to much. Hedgehogs seem to like to mix up there routine every now and then. Also when they are young they tend to just sleep wherever they happen to be I've noticed
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Old 07-17-2016, 09:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hmmm, hedgies really are mysteries sometimes. Does he have a lighting schedule? Is the temperature in his cage always consistent? Sudden changes in behavior can be sporadic, but can also be the first visible warning sign of a health issue. More grumpiness than usual can also mean they your hedgehog is in pain. NathanielPatten is very right when he says that young hedgehogs just tend to collapse wherever, but I would still keep an eye on him. Is he eating and drinking normally on his own? Wheeling like usual? If he reverts back to old habits tonight then I would not worry, but if you see similarly odd behavior tonight I would call up the vet and book an appointment just in case.

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Old 07-18-2016, 01:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Adding to what's been said. When we are anxious, nervous, panicky when we pick them up, they notice. When we are calm and confident they pick that up.
From the sounds of it he gave you quite the scare by just camping out in what you feel was a strange place.
He could have been playing and fought going to sleep as little creatures will adorably do, and fell asleep where he was. You spot him, get nervous/scared of what your about to find and pick him up. Meanwhile your body is having reactions to the stress, increased heart and respirations, not being quite as stable and sturdy. Unfortunately, these aren't really controllable. He pick up on these things and feels he has a reason to be scared as well.
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