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Old 11-04-2009, 02:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The past week has been pretty stressful on little Zoey - she's been moved around a lot. I had her at my parents house as I had been caught with her in my apartment by the Residence Director. I've moved her back in my apartment now (going to keep my blinds closed ). It was impossible to keep her warm in my room at home because our AC seems to be abnormally powerful. I've also noticed she's quite lethargic and doesn't eat or defecate as much.

In addition, when I wake her up sometimes, her belly's a little cool, which tells me she's trying to hibernate. The thing is, my digital thermometer I have in her cage is telling me that the temp is around 76-77 degrees, humidity at 44%. I have two emitters, a large one top of her large cage and a smaller one attached to the side of the cage at the bottom (for emergencies mostly - with both of them on, the temp jumps into the 80s.)

So, what might be the problem if there is one? She's about 6 or 7 months old now, I'd say, so I thought maybe her age might be a factor to consider. All of this is really concerning to me.

She's warming up in my shirt right now, quite puffy as she normally is. I don't know what to make of all this. Is it stress? How could she be attempting hibernation at this temperature!?
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Old 11-04-2009, 03:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How much light is she getting? They need light for 12-14 hours. Try leaving a light on beside her cage from 7ish am to 9ish pm. They can attempt hibernation from inadequate lighting even if the temperatures are very warm.
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If it doesn't turn out to be a light issue....

is she in a draft? If her cage is located near a heating vent it could be causing a very warm draft over her cage when the heat is running. When it shuts off she may cool and be catching a chill from it.
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It's definitely not a draft thing, my room is usually pretty stuffy.

But it very well could be a lighting issue, and I wasn't aware that insufficient light would make a hedgie attempt hibernation. I have my blinds drawn with a thin curtain over them, which probably doesn't allow enough light in. I'll be sure to leave a light for her from now on.

Does it matter what kind of light? Or is any type good as long as isn't blinding?

Thanks very much for your responses.
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Old 11-05-2009, 07:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If you can find a full-spectrum light bulb, that would probably work best to simulate sunlight. Another easy thing to do is to put the lamp on a timer so you know can be very precise about the amount of light your hedgie is getting.
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