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Old 12-22-2009, 05:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Ive had my hedgie Gonzo for a little over a month now,
but for the past week ive noticed his sleeping habits have changed.
He is only awake from about 2am to 6am. Otherwise hes sleeping.
I leave a light on from 7am to 10 pm. So i figured he should be getting
enough light.

Nothing else has really changed, he still eats and poops well. And
his temperment is still the same. I was just wondering if there
could be some underlying problem im not catching.
Oh and, while im not sure about his age, according to his previous
owner hes about a year and a half old.

Thanks!
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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what is the temp in his cage? sometimes they need a little more warmth as they get older.
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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are you in the room after 10pm? Sylvie will wake in the evening & if there's people in the living room then she will stay in her hut & pretend to still be sleeping
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I agree with the reply on the heat concern.

Maybe you need to bump it up a few degrees...
See if he starts to come out more.
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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Right now the heating situation isnt the best.
I keep the house thermostat at least 73 degrees and
in my room (where he sleeps) i have a a space heater.

My plan is to get a ceramic heat emitter, along with
the thermostat and thermometer and all that stuff.
I suppose i could turn up the heat and see if it works.

And also for some reason he only really comes out when
im in the room.
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Yeah, I've got a CHE and a thermostat in addition to the regular heater.
I went through the same situation as mine got older.
The extra heating should do it.
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I feel bad that this is something i could keep from happening.

But whenever i get the money to afford the che ill get right on it.
I dont want something to happen to my baby.
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Metal cages also tend to get a bit colder than plastic ones...
If yours in metal, maybe try moving it a little closer to the heater.
And try and cover the back of the cage to keep the heat in.

As for plastic ones? A CHE wouldn't be a good idea. It tends
to get TOO warm...
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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I have a c&c cage that i made. Its 2x2....if that makes sense.
I have it in a corner in my bedroom. And its not touching any
outside walls.....

What are some good ideas for covering a c&c cage?
Like could i put a blanket over it at night?
I dont really know i just want to make him comfortable
until i have the money for che.
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Don't cover the entire cage.
What you could do to keep the heat in is buy some
heavy clear plastic like you buy at the fabric stores.
Just get a few yards, and cover the back of the cage.
It will still let in light, and keep it nice and warm.

And keep it away from being directly under a window,
in case of any draft.

Just give him lots of things to snuggle with,
and when you're watching tv or on the computer,
take him out and wrap him in a blanket
and let him sleep on you =]
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