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Old 08-28-2014, 03:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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so Crowley (female; 3-4 months old) wakes me almost 7am sharp every day- weather i have a light on or not! demanding to come out and play in her playpen.

she often plays for about 2 hrs ( running around and moving toys- investigating new ones *cuz i spoil her* :P ) but than she just sleeps in her pen till its time for a bath (usually mid afternoon to late evening depending how late i took her out- waking only to eat or go potty when necessary.

she has the most energy iv ever seen around 9 am - 10am-ish when its completely day out and bright! she gets up all on her own than makes as much noise as possible till i play with her.

I rarely have to wake her unless im cleaning her cage or we have family over who wants to see her. *she also is awake at night between 11pm and 3am if all the lights are off(and im obviously trying to sleep so that she can keep me up :P), but mostly she is awake during the day.

Im an insomniac so i don't mind keeping to her schedule when i can , but is that normal ? i mean they are nocturnal, so why do i have a day-walker hedgie?
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Did you get her from a pet store or breeder? Some hedgehogs don't mind light, howie gets up around 7am and runs til 10am, he doesn't mind being up during the day. Holly comes out as soon as it's dark. I guess the day time is just her preference
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yeah, i got her from a breeder, they said they do lot of there cleaning a selling during the day - so i guess she would be use to being up at that time, being raised that way.

Im more of a night owl myself so i thought a nocturnal animal would be perfect cuz she'd be up when i am, but i love her anyway even if she is a day walker :P
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I had a hedgehog (Molly) who would randomly get up throughout the day to play or eat. Every morning when I would be working out she would come out and eat and drink and then take a very smelly poop. It made my workouts more exciting to see how long I could go without breathing.
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