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Old 05-14-2009, 12:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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When we first got Harley he would be up all night running on his wheel. Since we've completed the switch from "Hedgehog Food" to wellness indoor health and green pea and duck he's become a little... well... lethargic. He was still very small when we got him so i know he's gone through a big growth spurt but I feel he's looking a little over weight and I feel this is because he hasn't been running on his wheel as much. My boyfriend is up a lot in the middle of the night and checks on him. Also, his wheel hasn't been as poopy.

We also recently moved his cage from in the living room to the spare bedroom.

I will be picking up a digital scale on Friday to weigh him and start properly keeping track. (i know i know, i should have been since the start.)

We take him out every night and he does run around the living room sniffing and checking things out for about an hour.

I guess mostly just wondering if he might just be one of those lazier hogs.
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What is the light situation like? Is there a street light that shines in the room? If so, you may need to cover the window or his cage so he will run more. Our Dora wont come out unless it is completely dark.

Another thing to check is the temperature, while it may not be cool enough to cause a hibernation attempt, It may be cool enough to cause a lack of activity (its to cold to get out of my warm comfy bed TYVM) I relate this to a river close to where i live...It remains 65* year round. And while this temperature wont cause hypothermia, it sure does make you hesitant to dive on in...lol
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Old 05-14-2009, 01:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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there isn't a street light that shines directly in but our area is fairly lit up at night. i haven't been closing the blinds at night because i want the morning sunlight to shine in and help keep him on a regular schedule. i'll try shutting them for a few nights and see if it helps, thanks!

he's in our spare room so i just keep the heat in the room cranked to 23C... i think thats about 74F. but i just thought that maybe it gets too hot in the morning with the sun shining straight in... dunno if it would make that big of a differnce with the room already being so warm.
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