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Old 04-04-2011, 08:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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so, i'm not sure if this goes here, but my 6 week old hedgie sleeps A LOT. my question here is whether i should be worried about that, or whether hoglets naturally sleep all day. his food is almost gone in the morning, so i know he comes out at night, but is there any way to train them to be diurnal? sorry, maybe this sounds like two different questions, and i guess it is, but i'm really new to this, even though i've done my research, so any advice on the subject of sleeping, training them to be diurnal, when i should start worrying about their sleeping too much, etc. would be really great.
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Hedgehogs ARE nocturnal. Do not try to train him to be up during the day as this will disrupt his internal cycles and can make him sick.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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They are nocturnal. Unfortunately. Not diurnal. And babies sleep alot. I think I read up to 20 or even 22 hours a day. I have one too and he sleeps alot. I bring him out around 8:30 and have him on my lap and feed him some mealworms. But he is not really intersted in exploring. he is a baby and he is sleepy. Sigh.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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okay, thank you everyone, i'm glad i don't have to worry...
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Hedgehogs are nocturnal and babies sleep a lot.

As long as you have him with the right light schedule and the right temperature range, I'd say that he is perfectly normal
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so, i'm not sure if this goes here, but my 6 week old hedgie sleeps A LOT. my question here is whether i should be worried about that, or whether hoglets naturally sleep all day. his food is almost gone in the morning, so i know he comes out at night, but is there any way to train them to be diurnal? sorry, maybe this sounds like two different questions, and i guess it is, but i'm really new to this, even though i've done my research, so any advice on the subject of sleeping, training them to be diurnal, when i should start worrying about their sleeping too much, etc. would be really great.
If you've doen your research, you know that not allowing them to be nocturnal is stressful, harmful and can be lethal.

There is a lot of great information in the stickies in each thread...all the basics are covered plus some.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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@MissC...yeah, i did a lot of research, but i heard a few things, one of which was, as mentioned above, you can train them to be diurnal. now i know, so thank you for clarifying that for me.

Hodgy is in front of a window, but it has a muslin curtain in front of it, so it's not direct sunlight, so he gets all the light the day has to offer. and we normally keep our house between 70 and 80 degrees, so that's okay. it must just be that he's a baby...yeah, ik, i should know how much babies can sleep, but i guess i didn't know just HOW much hoglets sleep, so thank you for your help, everyone!!!
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He does need 12-14 hours of light per day. A lamp on a timer works much better than depending on Mother Nature. Also temp is VERY important. His cage needs to be kept as constant as possible, right around 75 or slightly more (see sticky in housing section). If you cannot keep the room that temp, get a ceramic heat emitter for his cage. If he gets too cold he might try to hibernate and he certainly won't be as active as he should
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@MissC...yeah, i did a lot of research, but i heard a few things, one of which was, as mentioned above, you can train them to be diurnal. now i know, so thank you for clarifying that for me.

Hodgy is in front of a window, but it has a muslin curtain in front of it, so it's not direct sunlight, so he gets all the light the day has to offer. and we normally keep our house between 70 and 80 degrees, so that's okay. it must just be that he's a baby...yeah, ik, i should know how much babies can sleep, but i guess i didn't know just HOW much hoglets sleep, so thank you for your help, everyone!!!
Do you have a thermometer in his cage? 70F is way too low of a temperature for a hedgehog. The recommended range is 73-78F but I find 73 to be too cool and would aim for 75F.
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There are a lot of questionable and out-dated places to find hedgehog information. Can I suggest you read the stickies posted in each thread? There's no guarantee about ANY information being perfect as there has been so little research down on ehdgies, but at least the stuff you read on HHC has been hashed out and re-hashed and argued over...etc etc etc

Nutrition, heat and light are the most basic and important things to consider with hedgehogs - not addressing them appropriately can quickly result in illness or even death. Period.
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