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Old 12-04-2009, 03:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hello Hedgehog central.
I just got my 1 year old Summer 2 nights ago. Today is her second full day with me. I did some searching and found information I was looking for (treats/baths/attitudes etc.). but I also have a few that I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. I got her from a friend that just hasn't had the time she used to, so she wanted it to go to a good home. She is very scared of sounds, I talk to her a lot and I think it's helping. I started putting my hand out when I want to pick her up and wait for her to smell it then I try to pick her up. When I put her on my stomach and lay on my bed she walks around and explores all over the bed. She bit my hand yesterday but hasn't done that again. Today she would get into my arm pit when I would lay with her and bite my flannel shirt (not sure if they like the material) or if it was something else. The questions I have and feel free to post links to other threads if I didn't search well enough are: my room temperature stays between 66 and 70, she has a heat blanket that i have under the cage in the spot by her house. Should I buy a heat lamp or is she okay with this set up? How much should she weigh at 1 year? She has been running on her wheel every day so far. Any estimate on how long it will take her to not get so scared and defensive? I am planning on buying some meal worms and start to give her treats when she gets out of her defensive mode but not sure if this will work. Sorry its so long, just nervous and excited all at the same time.

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Old 12-04-2009, 03:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Summer is such a cute hedgie, congrats on your new addition I am not sure about the other questions but the 66-70 is too low and most like a median temperature around 75. Some will like it a little lower and some a little higher. The heat blanket wouldn't be enough because the air in the cage has to be in this range too and the temperature difference between the air and floor can cause hibernation attempts from what I've heard. I believe some of the options for heating you could use is a space heater to heat the whole area to the right temperature or a CHE with a thermostat if you are using a wire top, plastic bottom cage. I am not experienced with either of these because I keep the whole room at 75 so hopefully someone who has one of these could point you in the right direction.

Just one a side note I got to thinking and I think I remember reading also that you have to make sure the floor isn't too hot and that its around a hedgies temperature range because hedgies can get low temperature burns on them. I'll try to find some of the topic threads.
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hmm how can I tell if shes getting burned from the heat pad? I check the floor temperature with my hand and its only warm definitely wouldn't consider it hot in any way.
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Old 12-06-2009, 01:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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my room temperature stays between 66 and 70, she has a heat blanket that i have under the cage in the spot by her house. Should I buy a heat lamp or is she okay with this set up?
Yes, it would be best to find an additional heat source for her. The heating pad won't heat the air to the proper temperature, and she will either not get out of bed or get out and be too cold. A Ceramic Heat Emitter attached to a thermostat will regulate the temp for you. Space heaters also work well if you want to heat the whole room.

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How much should she weigh at 1 year? She has been running on her wheel every day so far.
I'm not sure if the picture is just unflattering but she does look a bit chubby (another pic would help confirm). If she is running and can completely roll into a ball, I wouldn't worry. Some hedgies are very big (1000 grams) and some very small (250 grams) at a healthy weight. She doesn't look abnormal.

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Any estimate on how long it will take her to not get so scared and defensive? I am planning on buying some meal worms and start to give her treats when she gets out of her defensive mode but not sure if this will work.
Give her a few months and she should start coming around. Some hedgies take longer, some warm up more quickly. Be patient and she'll learn to trust you.

Congrats and good luck with her.



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