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Old 01-04-2016, 07:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, my hedgehog Penny has been acting not herself for almost two weeks. She will be a year old in February and is usually pretty active at night. I clean her cage everyday and there is usually poo on the wheel and her toys are all moved around. But lately nothing. All she does is eat and poo in her litter box. I took her to the vet four days after I notice a difference, she gave me some meds to give her which I have been giving her since then. I've called them back to keep them updated and I will talk to them tomorrow and see what she wants to do now. But the last time I talked to her she talked about maybe putting her under anesthesia but I don't know if it necessary or if she really needs to have it done so she can get a better look at her. She's not trying to hibernate her cage is 77 degrees. I have a blanket draped over the top and the one side so if there was any draft coming threw the window it would not hit her cage. I have also seen how she acts when she goes into hibernation. Regrettably we had an incident in the summer where our ac thermostat broke and the ac kept running. Luckily we warm her up and she was fine. She also looks like she's not sick, her eyes look normal, skin is good, I didn't see anything wrong with her teeth and she's walking around normal. Also there is nothing new in her environment and same food. Any help will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-04-2016, 08:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does she have a light schedule?
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Just the natural light that comes threw the window.
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Hedgehogs need to be kept on a light schedule. They need 12-14 hours of light a day. In the winter the light coming in the windows isn't enough. You can either leave the main light in the room on for 12-14 hours a day or turn a lamp on near her cage for the same length of time a day. If you put the lamp on a timer it works great because you don't have to remember to turn it on and off every day.
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Ok that might be the problem! And good idea about the timer we will go get one tomorrow. So do you think I should hold off on taking her back to the vet and see if this works first?
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