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Old 11-29-2009, 05:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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?
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Old 11-29-2009, 05:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 11-30-2009, 01:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 12-01-2009, 01:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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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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