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Old 09-28-2009, 04:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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he s been waking up at around 4 everyday and running on his wheel for anywhere from 15 to 40 mins then sleeping till 10 waking and then he goes to sleep at about 12am and i dont think he wakes up again .....a lthough i dont stay awake till dawn normally i ll be woken up once or twice by his wheel shanagins. plz i just need to know if the waking up at 4 is a norm behavior or if it indicates something like hibernation


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Old 09-28-2009, 04:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: weaking up at 4 pm

What is his lighting like? Days are getting darker sooner, and if this is a departure from his normal schedule you may need to add some artifical light so he doesn't get up so early.

What is the temperature in the cage like, do you have heating?
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no heating but the theomometer reads 20-22 C and as for lighting my room light stays on till about 6 or 7 most days
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Old 09-28-2009, 05:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: weaking up at 4 pm

I doubt it's anything to worry about. Quentin gets up around 4 occasionally to much some food, get a drink, explore a bit, then go back to bed. I've seen him up around also. It's perfectly normal for a hedgie to get up occasionally then go back to bed--babies do so more often than adults.

Just a note: hedgies need 10-12 hours of lighting each day to keep a hibernation attempt at bay. If possible, get a lamp to put near the cage and put it on a timer so it comes on and goes off at the same time each day.

My conversion says that 20-22 C is about 68-71 F. If that's correct, you should raise the temperature a bit. Most hedgehogs need a temp of 72-80 F (about 22.5-26 C); 75 (about 24 C) seems to be agreeable for everyone. The temperature you have is a little on the cool side and could cause a hibernation attempt.

I don't think what's going on right now is a hibernation attempt. It sounds pretty normal and will probably change as he gets older. However, I would recommend raising the temperature and getting consistent lighting to avoid any problems in the future.
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Old 09-28-2009, 06:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: weaking up at 4 pm

ok well i didnt know although the heat isnt on yet in my house so im gonna get the light hooked up and see about a heating source. what kind of heating source do you guys suggest.....also what are signs of a hibernation attempt?
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