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Old 10-22-2018, 10:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, we recently got our daughter a baby hedgehog as a gift. It stayed one night in its cage and the next morning it was gone! We have been and are searching everywhere! Very concerned because she is only 6 weeks old and just weaned from her mother. Since we are 1st time owners, we are not familiar with just how mobile they are....can they climb, can they go up/down wood stairs, how long can she survive without food & water? She has been missing now for almost 3 days!!! Panicking and frantically searching. Any ideas or advice on how to find this sweet baby is greatly appreciated! We have food and water set out under beds, cabinets. Also, pretty sure that we heard her squeaking late last night. Sounded like it came from the kitchen/refridgerator area, pulled the fridge out, no baby hedgehog. Please give me some tips or advice on finding her quickly! Thank you!
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Old 10-22-2018, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hedgies are most active late at night, so you might have to wait around past midnight when it's dark and quiet, as it's likely that your hedgie is hiding somewhere during the day. It's a good idea to leave food and water around everywhere in case she finds it - but are you feeding her what she was being fed prior to you adopting her? If it's a new diet, she may not recognize it. She's probably very confused but also wants to explore the house. Do you have a wheel/saucer? Maybe try leaving it out somewhere and see if your hedgie starts playing with it, you might catch her! Anyway I hope you find her soon, I'd definitely take her to the vet after though in case she ate something bad or got hurt.
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Old 10-22-2018, 10:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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And look in every nook and cranny possible, like between couch pillows, behind/under shelves, and anywhere that might be warm
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She is eating the exact same food she had prior to our adoption. My daughter is enrolled in a small animal science class, which is where we got her. She was locally bred and so far raised in a classroom around teenagers. The teacher sent her home with the same food. We are concerned she will starve to death before we can find her? How long can they go without food? Originally, she was in a cage in a bedroom upstairs, but based on droppings and the sounds we heard last night, she is now downstairs...is that possible at such a young age?
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Hedgehogs love dark warm places.She may be hiding in the bottom of the fridge.It is usually warm under there from the compressor that makes it work. You may have to take a light and look under it real close.Some models also have a drip pan under the front she might be hiding in.You might also try putting her hideout some were with the heater over it an in the morning she might be in it.Good luck.
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Old 10-22-2018, 11:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It's definitely possible that she's gone down the stairs, hedgies (even babies, like mine) can be more agile than we think! It's also possible she might have gotten hurt in a tumble 😕
Is there a place the droppings were concentrated more? My hedgie often goes to the same spots he deems are "safe". I'm also not sure about how long they can go without food, probably your best bet is to leave little food piles scattered everywhere and check which ones are eaten from the most, could give a clue as to where hedgie might be!
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Old 10-23-2018, 12:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thank you for the advice. I will definitely set food out everywhere. At least if she is eating, I will have more time to find her. Hopefully, she comes out soon...we are very anxious to see her!
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You're welcome, keep us updated!! 🙂
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Old 10-23-2018, 04:03 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Oh no that must be horrible! Hope you find her! Maybe you can leave out strong smelling stuff that’s safe for her to eat just to lure her and then place the food that she normally eats right next to it. Also, how did she escape? If her cage doesn’t have a lid on yet, you should put one on top of it.
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Old 10-25-2018, 10:52 AM   #10 (permalink)
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If there is poop she must be eating something. This is going to sound strange but I have a method for recapturing escaped reptiles that may work for your hedgie.

Tonight before all the lights go out place long strips of duct tape on the floor in the areas you believe her to be in. STICKY side up. Place your food and water in such a way that she has to cross the tape to get it.

She will get caught up in the tape but it can be removed safely by cutting away the excess and removing the rest with straight mineral oil on a cotton swab. Many an escaped snake or lizard have been recovered this way.

At the very least you will see if the tape has been disturbed or drug under the corner of something for a better idea of her hiding place.

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