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Old 02-09-2015, 11:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey so my hedgie mark is not doing very well. He has been sleeping none stop not moving a lot but to adjust the way he's laying. He's shaking, keeps getting cold so I warm him up with a low heating pad and he just started hacking (dry vomiting) should he be sleeping this much?

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Old 02-09-2015, 11:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He is probably going into hibernation

Do you have a heating system in his cage? You need either CHE setup or a space heater. Both need to be used with a thermostat to regulate temperature. The air inside the cage needs to be kept at a constant ~75 degrees F.

Do you know the temperature of his cage?
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No I'm not sure! I'll pick one up first thing tomorrow!! And I have the night time heat lamp is that good enough?
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Also he's in an aquarium with bedding.
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Does the lap give off any light at all? It might be ok as a temporary solution until you get a CHE or a storage heater
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It gives off a red light.
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Unfortunately those are not ok for hedgies. The red light severely disrupts their day/night cycles which can cause stress and illness. However, if you don't have anything else, I would go ahead and use it for now. Order the New equipment asap.

If you want a CHE setup, you're going to need a 100-150 watt CHE bulb, A 10 inch dome, a thermostat, and a digital thermometer

If you want a space heater you will also need to buy a thermostat that is compatible with the space heater. And a digital thermometer for inside the cage.

Most things are found cheapest on Amazon. Loom at either Zilla or ZooMed.
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Thanks so much for all the help!!!
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Whilst this does sound like hibernation attempt there are a number of other potential issues to be addressed:
- first; advice on a forum is not sufficient for illness concerns and a vet trip should be booked to rule out illness.
- hedgehogs need 12hrs of light a day, so a white light with timer is needed to maintain a 12hr light schedule.
- cage temperature should be 75-77f and if using a CHE then it MUST be controlled by a thermostat, or you could very quickly kill your pet. Especially in an aquarium.
- heating mats are bad and can injure a hedgehog.
- an aquarium doesn't sound big enough, does it have 1m2 space minimum after igloo, wheel etc?
- aquariums can be very poorly ventilated. Simply having an open top is not good enough and it must have large air vents to the side. This could be lack of oxygen issue.
- aquariums also heat up very quickly in summer and with a CHE. A new cage may be a better option.
- food should be a blend of high quality cat kibbles (not go cat, whiskas as or the like) or BARF type diet. See stickies in diet section. Hedgehog food is not suitable.
- Does he have a wheel or other stimulation?

Hopefully the above helps narrow down any issues.
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