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Old 02-20-2018, 08:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I live in a one bedroom, one bathroom house with a living area. My hedgehog used to be in my room but girlfriend is a light sleeper so now the cage is in the living area. The only issue this poses is that I used to enjoy late night video game binges on the weekend but obviously I can't do this anymore because my hedgehog needs time to run around and be active in the dark. Currently I go to bed at midnight on the weekends (so that is when lights go out) and the sun is currently rising at around 7am where I live. So my question is exactly how many hours of dark do hedgehogs need to be active and nocturnal? Is 7 hours enough? Thanks!
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I also live in a one bedroom apartment with separate living/kitchen area and this is where our hedgehog cage is set up. Hedgehogs should have about 11-12 hours of light (this is what they would naturally get in the wild). Light should be provided by artificial light (a lamp etc) since sunlight is not consistent enough. I use an over hanging floor lamp on a timer and do 12hrs light and 12hours dark.

I also go to bed around 11.30pm-12am on week days and this is when lights go out and our boy has his night time play. Before that we get him out around 10pm and have the lights dimmed (he normally wants to hide under a blanket anyways and just snooze on us ^^). Since it's winter and pretty cold where we live his cage is covered up with blankets (except for a small section at the top of his cage above the CHE fixture to avoid any fires and allow air ventilation) so this keeps his cage dark until midday when his light timer comes on, but he is already fast asleep by 7-8am anyways and only wakes up briefly for his morning kibble.

Could you partially cover up his cage or put curtains/blinds in the room where your hedghog is so his cage stays darker for longer in the morning? Also try covering his cage at night when you do stay up late and have tv sound on low/use headphones and this shouldn't interrupt him hopefully...

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