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Old 02-21-2015, 12:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My boyfriend bought me our first hedgie, Winnie, about a month and a half ago. Since then she's become a lot more friendly - much less hissing and puffing up in a ball when we touch/hold her, although I still have to pick her up with a jumper initially as she refuses to let me scoop her up without puffing up completely for a few seconds.

I'm starting to worry as she seems to sleep A LOT. She eats fine, poos fine and runs on her wheel at some points because I've found poo on it! But she's never awake when I go into her room, even at night. I have to wake her up to get her out on the evening, and when I do, she's only active for a couple of minutes before she snuggles into my jumper and goes back to sleep. I've tried keeping her flat in my hands but even then she'll try and curl up and sleep. I'm worried that she's depressed (if that's even possible!) If I put her on the floor to run around, she'll play for a couple of minutes and then find a corner to try and sleep in. Are there any common causes of this behaviour? What can I do to encourage her to play/be more active?

Also, how can I train her to let me pick her up without her hissing/puffing up? She's also really funny about me touching her belly/face/quills around her face.

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Old 02-21-2015, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That could be so many different things. First off, how old is she? Babies sleep a lot just like human babies, or puppies. Also, the cold weather may be causing her to be less active. I know my Daisy has been a lot less active lately. Have you taken her to the vet yet? if not, this could be a good time to find a vet in your area that you can rely on when needed. Make sure they do a full physical exam when you take her - and make sure you go to an exotics specialist and not just a regular dog/cat vet. Finally, since your hedgehog is new I strongly recommend that you get pet insurance for her now. It is approx. $80/year and can save you hundreds of dollars over her lifetime.
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She's just over 6 months old. Her last owner said she settled in really quickly and said that every day she would come out of her snuggle sack at about 9 o'clock to have some meal worms and come out. We get her out at the same time every day but she doesn't come out on her own. She also seemed really active when her last owner handled her

We haven't taken her yet, but are planning to soon to see if she's okay. Also, we have looked into pet insurance and will be getting that too. She has a heat mat under her snuggle sack so I assume she is warm enough. The room that she sleeps in does get a bit cold in the daytime but she is always asleep on top of the mat, but during the night we have the heating on for her to encourage her to come out and play.
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You really can't rely on a heat mat for long term heating. At best you'll wind up with a hedgehog that doesn't want to leave the heat mat and at worst your hedgie could be burned by it. The problem is that they don't heat the air in the cage and that's what they need.

You'll need to invest in a proper heat setup. CHE's are recommended, but a space heater also works well. You'll need a thermostat to control either one and you'll need a thermometer in the cage so you know the actual temperature in the cage at all times.

It could be that your baby is just a little too cold and wants to curl up and be warm and snuggly. Get your heating situation sorted and see if that helps.
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The temperature is probably the biggest concern here. Unfortunately you cannot just assume that she is warm enough. You need to get a thermometer to make absolutely sure. Hedgies need to be kept between 23-25C (75-77F). A heat mat is not adequate enough to heat her whole cage, you should get either a CHE (or two depending on the size of your cage) or a heater. This stickie will help you chose the right one for you https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...implified.html

You will probably find that she becomes much more active if you can make her cage warmer. Please get a thermometer.
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Agree with previous posts about heating set up--with CHE, thermostat and having a thermometer is necessary.

Many hedgies don't like to have their faces touched. My Nara hated it, but I could pet her back and she had a spot that she liked to have scritched.

Take the time to learn what your hedgie likes and dislikes. You have to spend the time with them and observe their reactions. Time and patience will pay off.
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