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Old 10-19-2013, 08:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New hedgie owner, plz help!

I got Lacey a few days ago and she was very active the first few nights but right after she would run on her wheel, she would slowly lay down and gently set her head down with quills up. It looks very alarming and almost like she's dying or giving up! She also has not eaten, but drinks water if I bring the water bottle close to her. I feed her a mixture of high quality cat food and sunseed hedgehog formula. Also, when I take her out for her daily few hours out of the cage, all she wants to do is huddle in the corner now. In her cage, I would wake her up at night and she would take a few steps around and burrow under her little fleece cloth. Help?
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1. Lighting? They need 12-14 hours light a day, 10-12 hours of dark.

2. Heating? They need to be kept warm (74-80F), with very little daily variation (ie, keep it at 76F, not roam the whole temperature spectrum). Check for any drafts.

3. Is her belly warm or cool? If it's cool, she's trying to hibernate. Warm her up slowly with your body heat. Try to figure out why she's hibernating (light and heat).

4. Hedgehogs go downhill really fast if they don't eat or drink. You might need to syringe-feed her. You might need to kibble-count or weigh to see if she's just sneakily eating and drinking.

5. How does her poop and pee look? A few green poops makes sense when she's in a brand new environment...
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1. Lighting is the right amount.
2. It's about 73 degrees
3. Her belly is warm
4. I will kibble count now
5. Poop is normal
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ok. I don't have much experience, so I can't offer any advice beyond the initial questions that I know everyone else will ask anyway.

I know some hedgehogs take a while to settle into their new home (like, not eat that night), but that if they don't eat, they continue to not eat, thus the need for the syringe-feeding.
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73 degrees is on the low end of the required temperature and may not be warm enough for her. Can you bump the heat in her cage 1 - 2 degrees? Do you have a thermometer in her cage? Are you feeding the same food she was on before you got her? A sudden change in food can upset their stomachs.
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Yes I am feeding her the same food I have already bumped up the heat though the rest of the family is complaining because they feel hot air coming out of the hedgehog room...oops... But anyway she is looking much better! The thermometer now says 76 degrees!
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What heating source are you using? A space heater? If its causing a problem with your family you can try getting a CHE or two with a thermometer.
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My hedgie likes to run for a while, then take a nap in the wheel (?!??!) and then he'll run more later in the night. Could just be a break. Usually I can tell from the amount of poop and how much it was trampled if he went for that second run.
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