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Ahava 11-29-2009 05:16 PM

Winter Mode
Hello all you wonderful hedgehog people out there. I was just wondering:
Do hedgehogs instinctually know when winter is approaching and eat more? I am only asking because I have noticed that my hedgie has been eating more food of late and been gaining a little bit of weight. It's nothing really to worry about but I was wondering if they actually can sense a change in the season, even if they are in a warm, temperature regulated house?

Nancy 11-29-2009 05:47 PM

Re: Winter Mode
Yes, some do. My Smokey in particular was one I noticed used to eat more and put on weight in the fall and loose it in the spring. Every year he did it.

krbshappy71 11-30-2009 01:08 PM

Re: Winter Mode
Do you have the extra lighting available? We leave the light on from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. so they wont notice the longer darker days.

Darth Vader 12-01-2009 01:27 PM

Re: Winter Mode
I believe they do. My Hedgie used to pack lots of wood chips whenever it was going to snow or get really cold. He'd build a big nest around him.

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