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Old 02-02-2013, 09:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
We adopted a baby hedgehog 1 week ago, and we discovered that she is totally blind
the vet says she is OK and in good health although fully blind.
She is 2/3 months old.

I do not know if it is because she is blind, but she is really little active:
sleeps most day and night;
when we wake her up she goes around a bit, and after a little while search for her nest and goes back to sleep.

Is that normal?

Thanks for any opinion
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've owned a blind hedgie for almost 2 weeks now, so I don't have much experience. What temp do you keep her cage? What's your heat set up?

Knarla will sleep two to three hours, be very active for two hours, then sleep a few more. Lights on or off don't bother her, obviously. She runs like mad on her wheel and loves to throw around toys.
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I've owned a blind hedgie for almost 2 weeks now, so I don't have much experience. What temp do you keep her cage? What's your heat set up?

Knarla will sleep two to three hours, be very active for two hours, then sleep a few more. Lights on or off don't bother her, obviously. She runs like mad on her wheel and loves to throw around toys.
No mine is not that active at all !

House is warm 22/24°Celsius. We do not keep her in a cage, she can go around the house (which is very small) her bed is enclosed, soft and warm (no doubt she loves it!).
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The only different I noticed with my blind hedgie is that she would come out more during the day than my other hedgies. She was just as active, just at different times. One thing you want to do is to always put everything in the same place in her cage and talk to her before picking her up so she knows you're there.


Check to make sure the temperature in her cage is around 75*F, if its lower than that it could be that she's cold. Do you have a light schedule for her?

Edited to add: 22C is too cold for her it has be at least 24*C, that is 75*F which is the lowest it should be.
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I'm not an expert, but even with a warm house, she could be cold or in a draft. It might be better to have her in a cage of some sort where you know the temp... But we'll have to see what the experts say. I know they usually say the floor is the coldest part of the house.
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Personally, I'd put her in a cage - I know there's others that have free-range hedgehogs and it works, but with her being blind, she might do better in a more enclosed area where she has less obstacles and threats to worry about. As the other posts said as well, the temperature might very well be too cold. Try to get the temperature warmer, staying at least 23* or 24-25*. If you can't do that for the whole house, again, cage might be a better idea since you can get a CHE set up just for the cage and keep her warm enough.
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I would second the thought that she needs to be in a cage. Especially if she is blind.

Just because your thermostat in your house reads a certain temperature doesn't mean every inch of the house is that temp. The floor, where she is walking, is going to be the coldest part as cold air sinks and hot air rises. Also think of it this way, where is the thermostat that takes the temp of the house? if it isn't at floor level, then it isn't registering the temperature that she is experiencing when she roams around.

Get her a cage (wheel, etc) and make sure you have a good heat set up.

Can't wait to see pics of your quilly little friend!
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Thanks everybody!
We will consider a cage, even if we do not really like caged animals...

we will check the floor's temperature as well,
maybe a tiled floor is cold for tiny hedgie's feet...
and we will think about a carpet.

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A tiled floor means she definitely could be cold - those feel colder even when it's warm. Keep in mind a carpet would be harder to clean though.
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Thanks everybody!
We will consider a cage, even if we do not really like caged animals...

we will check the floor's temperature as well,
maybe a tiled floor is cold for tiny hedgie's feet...
and we will think about a carpet.

Thanks!
Ciao!!!
And keep in mind that cages that are set up properly aren't cruel. If they are clean and roomy and have good sleeping, eating, and playing spots, they're pretty nice. Especially if the animal gets plenty of interaction.

One reason I like cages and crates is that at times I have an animal I don't trust not to do something silly. I used to have a dog who wanted to eat power cords. He walked miles a day, played with buddies every day, and was crated if I had to leave the house. He was happy and safe. It can be really hard to pet-proof. You have to worry about power cords, spots the pet can get trapped or fall, drafts, the pet getting too far from it's bed and water and not finding it's way back...

I totally agree that an unsuitable cage is miserable. But a suitable cage isn't cruel or unfair.
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