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Old 05-05-2012, 03:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Too soon to leave her be for the night?

Hello! New hedgie owner here I purchased Lina from a breeder a little over a month ago, she's just over three months old now. Since the day she came home she's been doing fabulously. She happily climbs into my hands and loves to explore, she's very brave and adventurous. She often falls asleep splatted out on my chest. When I brought her to her first vet check-up two weeks ago, she looked to me for comfort, which was assuring Since I got her, I've made sure I'm home every night so handle her, because I know how important it is. My question is this. I work as an actor at a renaissance faire that is starting next weekend. The grounds are about 45 minutes away from my house, which isn't bad, but just far enough away that it would be a bit of a pain to do round trips there and back Saturday and Sunday. I've been offered free camping on the grounds this season. Is it too soon to be away from her for a night per week? If I were to camp, I would only be gone on Saturday nights for the next four weekends. I'd be with her every other night of the week. Or should I suck it up and spend the extra gas money to make sure that she gets handled?
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forums! Glad to have you- and it's never a bad idea to let us "awe" over your hedgie.

In a perfect world, we would be with our hedgies every night- after all they can get into a lot of trouble on their own.

However, I would think that as long as you returned the next day it would be okay. You should never leave your hedgehog more than one night alone. I guess it depends on the hedgie. I've left Brillo alone (but for less than 24hrs). The main concern would be checking to make sure that they had enough food, water, and to make sure that they had not injured themselves during the night. Ideally, you should have someone check in on your hedgie in the morning.

If you are working the fair, you probably wouldn't be returning until the early evening on Sunday...so, if your girlie had (God forbid) hurt herself, that is a long time for her to be on her own. You know your hedgie best, and what her behaviors are. If you think that an overnight is okay for her- it probably is.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I haven't left Sophie yet, but it would be okay. She has a good size cage (C&C: 2 grids x 4 grids), wheel, house, tunnel, stack of fleece pieces . . . . Leaving plenty of food and water would not concern me. Her light and heating/cooling are automated, so no worry there.

Because she is used to getting out and sleeping with me in the afternoon and getting runaround time at night, I wouldn't want to leave her for more than one night.
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Overnight isn't that huge of a thing, nor is missing a night of bonding. I'd worry more about being able to check the next morning. Since they are so active at night, there's plenty of trouble they could get into. Between stuff like power failure, knocking over water, somehow finding a place to cut themselves, and at least one member has woken up to check on their baby to find that a strand of human hair has wrapped around a leg.

I don't want to scare you, but even if you have someone to check on your baby in the morning to make sure all is in order is best. There's a low chance of anything actually happening, but its those ifs ands and buts.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you all so much! I'll probably be making the round trips home and back for the first weekend, just because I can be a little overprotective...but I know the second weekend I'll have to stay on the grounds. I'll have my mom check on Lina for me in the morning.

Also, raerysdyk, since you asked, here's my little girl!

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