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Old 11-09-2018, 11:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My 3 year old girl hasn't been running on her wheel for probably over two months now. She seems to be in good health, however, she is a bit over weight. She has never been very active, but was always consistent with using her wheel after a long day of sleeping and snuggling.

The daily routine is to turn on a lamp that shines into her cage at 8am, say good morning, and then she is left alone until about 9pm. She comes out and then sleeps on my my stomach for about an hour before she goes home to eat and have lights out.

We keep her nails as trimmed as we can, she is not very compliant with the process, but I feel like I keep them pretty close.

She is eating and using the bathroom as normal. I see a few new quills coming in, but her quilling process doesn't seem to really bother her. Her skin does get pretty dry so we bathe her occasionally with strained oatmeal.

We have moved her cage to the quietest corner of the bedroom and cover it up with blankets to make sure it stays dark and warm. I turn off her heat pad at night too, to encourage her to leave her blanket.

The wheel spins freely and doesn't seem to tilt or anything. Its a Kaytee I think.

A few weeks ago we went on vacation and she stayed with the in-laws. Nothing changed inside of her cage, but she used her wheel while she was there and then stopped again when she came home.

I really have no idea what it can be at this point, we have tried everything to get her to use it. If you have any advice, suggestions, or similar experiences, please share.
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It could be an issue with her cage temperature. Heating pads aren't good for hedgehogs because the heat the bottom of the cage and not the air in the cage. The entire cage needs to be kept at a steady temperature. The best way to do this is to use a Ceramic Heat Emitter that will heat the air in the cage and keep it at a steady temperature.

It could be that she's getting cold, or the rest of the cage is cold, at night so it's making her less active.
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We only use one of the heat pads that can only get as warm as their body temperature, but its only on during the day. We keep the room and her cage at 75 consistently. There are two thermostats monitoring the temp too.

Do you think we should increase the temperature?
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Old 11-09-2018, 05:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Does the temperature vary in the cage from day to night or at different areas of the cage?
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I dont believe so. I have a thermostat that has a probe hanging from the ceiling of her cage to monitor the temperature. Its always at least 73 in her cage.
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We just switched from a comfort wheel to a silent spinner to try and get her to run, in case she just didn't like the old one anymore. Still no change though.
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73*F is low for a hedgehog, she might need the temperature bumped up a bit. Unfortunately Silent Spinner wheels are notorious for injuring hedgehogs. They have small slits where the two pieces meet and they are perfect for snagging a hedgehog nail. Some people have sealed the slits but then the bowl shape holds in more urine while they run.
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In addition to the sealing of the slits; do allow drainage holes to prevent urine build up. A hole in every sealent no more then the diameter of a pin is sufficient.
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We have the slits sealed, and she has never been too bad with peeing in the wheel, onky pooing.
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I agree with bumping the temperature up. I keep my boys cages at 78. I think turning off her heating pad might have the opposite effect; if she's cold, she won't want to get up.
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