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miss_b 03-26-2018 10:16 PM

New Owner - Is my hedgie trying to hibernate?
Hello everyone! I’m a new hedgehog owner & have had my little Olive since December. She’s almost 5 months old. I came home tonight to find her almost frozen in her cage. I went to pick her up & she didn’t immediately curl up into a ball like she normally does. I immediately worried she was trying to hibernate & started skin-to-skin contact to warm her up. Her cage stays between 75-80*. After about 20 mins she started perking up & I was able to feed her some kibble by hand.

I did notice she had some stinky, runny poop last night, so I also thought she could be dehydrated. I did a little pinch test, but still couldn’t quite tell. I may end up taking her to the vet tomorrow just to be on the safe side, but I’d greatly appreciate any advice you other hedgie owners may have. 😊

Also, my dad surprised me with baby chicks last week. I have them in a separate room & wash my hands between when I handle them & when I handle Olive. I tried to do some research on chickens & hedgehogs, but couldn’t really find any clear information. Could this also be why Olive is having a bit of a weird spell? Can hedgehogs catch something from chickens?

Thanks in advance for your insights! ❤️

autumnfox 03-26-2018 10:32 PM

How did she end up freezing if her cage stays between 75-80 degrees? What is your setup like?

miss_b 03-26-2018 10:42 PM

I did my research before getting her, so her cage is setup in my home office away from the air vent & I have a CHE on her cage with a digital thermometer. I also keep the door closed to help keep heat in the room. It didn’t seem logical that she was attempting to hybernate with her cage at that temp, but because I read so much on hedgehog hybernation, my mind (in, I admit, entering panic mode) went straight there. It’s so easy to get nervous & think the worse when your little love isn’t feeling well.

autumnfox 03-26-2018 10:46 PM

If her cage stays between the appropriate temp and you didn’t bring her out in colder temp for a long time, I don’t think it is a hibernation attempt. But you said she was cold, despite the warm temp? That is really unusual. You didn’t give her a bath or anything and place her in her cage without letting her dry first, correct? I would take her to the vet if she continues to be cold or shows any unusual behavior/eating less, etc.

miss_b 03-27-2018 11:05 AM

It’s definitely unusual. She seems to be doing better now. Her tummy is starting to feel warmer & she’s curling up when I try to get her (which is normal in the mornings ��). I’m still planning a vet visit to make sure nothing else is going on. Thanks autumnfox!

Hammy 03-27-2018 02:12 PM

Another thing to consider, which I didn't see mentioned but may have unintentionally overlooked, is light schedule. What is Olive's light schedule like? Hibernation can be triggered by an inaccurate light schedule as well, such as having less than 12 hours of light.

When you said you found her frozen, did you mean frozen like unmoving, or frozen like chilly to the touch? If it's the latter, I'd be worried about it happening again, as hedgehogs are more prone to hibernation attempts after the first one. If it's the former, then the vet visit should give you more insight into what the problem may be, if there is one.

miss_b 03-27-2018 07:22 PM

I do have a light on a timer for her and have it set to be on for 12 hours, but I may adjust it for a bit longer to be safe. I did wonder if the Daylight Savings change would affect her. And by frozen I meant not moving, but her belly did feel cooler than usual. I've been keeping a close eye on her and have a vet appointment scheduled. Thanks for replying Hammy!

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