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Old 10-15-2016, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After a month of research here, Today i finally got my 1st baby hedgie!(think 5-6 weeks old) luckily he's not shy at ALL! he already tries to adventure off my lap or climbs me but as a new paranoid parent, i noticed he walks really clumsy, Like a step at a time, close to losing balance.

He's eating the kibbles just fine, as i bought the same mix the breeder gave to him. I'm just worried after reading about wobbly syndrome.

Totally unrelated question now: in my country the "Cheapest" thermostat is absurdly expensive(yay for +140% tax on electronics? :/) how can i maintain the temperature? because the CHE i have set up after some hours passes the recommended temperature.
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Old 10-16-2016, 04:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You have to get a thermostat, no way around it. Without it the CHE is a fire hazard, and as you noticed, will over heat the cage. It's just not an optional part of the setup.

If you've not been using the CHE because you don't have a thermostat to control it, that might explain the behavior. They need steady temperatures. The clumsiness could be a sign of oncoming hibernation.
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I see. I will try to save some money for one then.

The baby is really active on my lap, Runs all around sniffing me hahaha only when i see him walking on the cage he's like that(only saw him awake for 30 minutes since yday he sleeps a lot) then again, even at night it's usually around 78-80 F. Day is being even worse.
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Old 10-16-2016, 10:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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What is the difference in temperature in his cage during the day and the temperature at night in the cage? If it's changing by more than 3 or 4 degrees that is enough change to make him wobbly and possibly cause a hibernation attempt. Hedgehogs can't handle changes in temperature.
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Where are you from? Is ordering it online maybe a cheaper option?
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Old 10-17-2016, 10:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, depends. Yesterday during the day was around 84-87 F Then what should i do? i can't let the temperature at night be also between 84-87 degrees right?

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Where are you from? Is ordering it online maybe a cheaper option?
Brazil. Sadly is unbearably hot these past weeks....and the thermostats i see online are the ones that only work submerged in water.
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Here is a link to a thermostat.

http://zoomed.com/db/products/EntryD...D=2&SearchID=5

84-87 is warmer than it should be for a hedgehog. Do you have A/C in your house? If no can you put a fan near his cage, but not blowing right on it?
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I Think i know a store near me that sells those thermostats, Will check there this week then.

even being absurdly hot at night today, he was really eager to play hahaha. since it's his 3rd day with me, should i begin trying to introduce some cooked food for him? i placed some chicken breasts cut in small pieces, but he only chewed 1 piece and ignored the rest.
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Usually it's recommended to wait a couple of weeks before introducing new foods. This way you know what's normal for him in the way of poops and appetite and you can spot any changes from the new foods.
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Isn't it bad to stay with only the kibbles until then?
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