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Old 12-27-2014, 02:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I am a new hedgie owner. I got an albino hedgehog second hand from people who were relocating. He is 8 months old and I have had him for 3 days. He is so sweet and social and only huffs when I take him out of his cage. The last few days when I lift his hide out he immediately reacts and starts checking what is happening. Today when I lifted his shoebox he didn't move (I had a mini heart attack thinking he was dead) it took a bit of coaxing to get him awake but when I got him out he went to sleep again within a few minutes. Is he ok or should I worry? It has been hot so I am worried he is overheating. Could it be that he is becoming comfortable with me? Please help. So worried...
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Old 12-27-2014, 02:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What is the temperature inside his cage? You should have a thermometer in the cage so you know if he's hot or not.

If he is eating, drinking and pooping normally then it does sound like he is getting used to you and maybe he's a cuddler. Cuddlers like to curl up and sleep on you.

It also depends on the time you take him out. They are active at different times and actually it is quite normal that they get up for a while, eat, drink, poop, wheel and then go back to sleep for a while and then get up later to do the same things.
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I have a thermometer and it is averaging around 28C ( 82 F ) which I realise is slightly high and I can't find much information on how they behave when they are hot. He seems to be eating still.

I took him out at 8PM. I have been trying to take him out at night so as not to disturb his daily routine. He usually explores for 20 mins to half an hour then snuggles in and sleeps.
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My hedgehog gets super lazy When she is hot (which it's anything over 78 degrees F). She just sleeps all day and night without wheeling or anything. She is the most active at around 74 degrees F.

It may be too hot for your hedgie.
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Thanks so much...
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Lower the temp just a little at a time.

If you do a drastic change, it can trigger hibernation.

Try for 2 degees at a time.
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It could just be that 8pm is a little early for him, depending on what he is used to or does naturally. Hector is only perky if I wake him past 10pm. Sooner than that he is not interested in anything other than finding somewhere cosy on the inside of my onesie.
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