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Old 11-11-2019, 04:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Winter time behaviour?

Evie is almost 7 months old and I have noticed some behaviour changes recently which are getting me worried something might be wrong...
Up until a few weeks ago she would always wake up at 9pm eat and run almost all night until about 4am (sometimes even until 6am).
I live in Scotland and the winters here are very dark with the sun setting at around 5pm and rising again at around 8am. Ever since the time change she has been getting up between 5 and 6 pm, she’ll eat and run for about 10 minutes and then go back to sleep until late (sometimes she doesn’t come out of her hide until 1am). She still runs almost the same amounts every night (most of the time she hits 15km) but it has gotten a bit less over the past two weeks.
The temperature in her cage is always at or above 24C / 75F degrees. She eats, drinks and poops normally. I had some issues with her skin and poop a while ago, but it went back to normal after I stopped giving her a new kibble I had been feeding her as part of a mix. I mix flaxseed oil into her mealies once a week to help with the skin problems.
She seems very tired but not lethargic. When she is awake she’s as crazy as always. She has been making an odd new noise while exploring as well. It sounds like a squeaking but coming from her nose. I’m worried it could be a URI but then again, she doesn’t show any other signs such as discharge from the nose or eyes. She only makes the noise when actively exploring on the sofa or in her playpen but never when she’s asleep, eating or just cuddling.
She also does another new thing where she almost jumps out of her wheel, runs off the litter tray onto the fleece liner and she starts digging into the liner with her head as if she is trying to scratch her face and her sides. Her skin is not irritated or anything and it’s not as dry as it used to be now that I’m using the flaxseed oil.
I’m just very unsure if these are normal hedgehog behaviours or if something is actually wrong with her 😞 I’ve read on here that some hedgehogs change or settle into their personalities when the are about 6 months old but I just wanted to see if anyone had some more insight to her behaviour... Especially since all of those changes started around the same time (awake/sleep times, funny noises and scratching).
Sorry for the long post, I would really appreciate some advice! 🙂
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