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Old 01-26-2019, 02:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently got my hedgehog 2 days ago. She’s about 3 months old and is very happy. we cuddle in bed, she loves to explore my room, shes already really opened up to me and isn’t too afraid of me when i pick her up. I can even pet her sometimes.
The thing is, she sleeps A LOT. like all day and i’m pretty sure all night, she hasn’t used her wheel once! this morning i did notice some poop so i know she came out to do her business but she most likely went right back to bed afterwards. Even right now, it’s 3am and she’s under her blanket in her cage sleeping and has been since i put her in her cage at around 11pm.
The second i put her in my bed with me she wants to cuddle and the second i put her in her cage she eats for a few minutes and drinks her water then goes straight under her blanket and sleeps.
i’ve read that baby hedgies sleep a lot but i feel like at 3 months maybe she shouldn’t be sleeping that much?
She eats, drinks, and her poops are very normal. I don’t have a thermometer so i’m not sure what temp her cage is at but i keep my room at about 71 all day long. Also i felt her belly earlier and it was nice and warm.
I play with her a lot in the daytime so could it be that it’s wearing her down and making her tired at night?? could this be a sleeping pattern?
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Old 01-26-2019, 09:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am a new hedgie owner and there will be more advanced advices but I might say they sleep a lot and they sleep during day.
Mine is also almost 3 months old and she sleeps %70, eats %10, runs %10 and poops %7 and just sometimes cuddles %3 hehe. So I believe it is normal.
I would suggest you that during day time don't wake her up for playing. If you wanna bond with her during day, take her and let her sleep on your lap. They are nocturnal and they want to sleep during day. Especially when they are babies.
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Well most of the time when i do wake her up during the day we play for about 15 minutes and then we go in my bed and cuddle.
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Being nocturnal they should sleep all day. And yes they do sleep alot.
They do also sleep a lot, and I do know that some people have to go in and wake up their hedgehogs to get them to be more active. But they only do this at night when they should be awake.
The younger they are the more they sleep. (Thats what I got told)
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At 3 months shes still young and will sleep a lot. You do need to get a thermometer so you can get an acurate temp in her pen. She will also need a heat set up to keep her pen temp constant. If it is 71 she may be a little cool and that will decrese their activity. She also needs 12 hours of solid light to keep her on a sleep scedule.
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Old 01-27-2019, 06:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Her sleeping is nothing to really worry about. Adult hedgehogs sleep for 18+ hours a day, and babies sleep even more. As for the wheel, it took my hedgehog, Theodore about a week to even realize his wheel exsisted, and you’ll know once they discover it, as it will be covered with poop (you can clean it using baby wipes). As for the sleeping hedgehogs are nocturnal animals and it can feel like they sleep 24/7. It’s great that you bonded right away, and I’m sure she just likes her sleep. She’s a growing girl and needs lots of sleep.

Good luck!!!
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