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Old 07-30-2011, 03:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My hedgie is acting kind of strange... When i got her out of the cage she was slightly unresponsive, stayed in her ball, and her breathing didnt seem right... I have her outside in the sun hoping that she might just be a little to cold.. and she seems to be doing a little better... but im still worried there might be something else wrong with her.. if anyone has had any kind of experince with this please let me know if there is anything else i can do!!!
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Old 07-30-2011, 03:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Your hedgehog is attempting hibernation and needs to be warmed up quickly.

Use a heating pad or something with fleece over it and set your hedgehog on your lap, if you don't have a heating pad having them against your body heat can help. The key is to find a way to warm them up quickly the longer they are trying to hibernate the harder it is to wake the and it is fatal.

How are you heating their cage now? You will want to reevaluate how their cage is kept at a certain tempt and increase the temperature to prevent further hibernations. In addition their immune system will be a bit weaker after a hibernation so be on the look out for URIs or anything of the sort.

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Old 07-30-2011, 03:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you so much!!! i was so worried!!! she is starting to run around a lot more!! in fact she is up and moving and being playful again.. we have a heating lamp for her, but our room is normally 75 ish... i guess it got lower then that. but she is so much more active and playful now.. again, thank you so much!!
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Thank you so much!!! i was so worried!!! she is starting to run around a lot more!! in fact she is up and moving and being playful again.. we have a heating lamp for her, but our room is normally 75 ish... i guess it got lower then that. but she is so much more active and playful now.. again, thank you so much!!
That's wonderful I would try raising the temperature a notch or two its common for a house to drop in temp in the night. Also make sure you have a good light schedule for your hedgehog of 12 hours or so and that it remains consistent (7am to 8pm; 8am to 8pm; etc) as they may attempt to hibernate if they think the days are getting shorter
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Old 07-30-2011, 03:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If you don't have a thermometer in her cage, get one.
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Old 07-30-2011, 03:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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ok we will go get a thermometer tonight!! and i didnt know that if they werent on a schedule with the light it would make a difference!! thank you guys for all the advice!! i cant stop saying it!! such a big help to us new owners!!!
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