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Old 05-01-2012, 05:04 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I was hoping that's all it is!
One of the things I realized is that he is much more social when the lights are off. The other day I got up in the middle of the night, turned on the light to go wake up Axel. I realized he was already out! The minute that the light came on he froze and walked back in his house. Contrary to humans, hedgies are scared of the light I guess
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:49 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It's not that they're scared - they just associate the light coming on with "time to sleep". They also sometimes seem to feel more exposed when the lights are on.
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:43 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I wonder about that.

I know if I was outside at 3am walking around town and the sun suddenly turned on, I'd be pretty freaked out.
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Should I worry about salmonella because of the outbreaks that are linked to the hedgehogs? If my hedgehog has salmonella is it possible to cure her permanently from the disease if she is alone with out further contamination from others?
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Please try to look at dates of threads before you post on them - this one is almost three years old. It gets confusing when people bring up really old threads.

But no, you shouldn't need to worry about salmonella at all. It's much more common for people to get salmonella from food than from animals, and personally I think the reports about it from hedgehogs are rather exaggerated. I could be wrong, but I think it's hard to prove where exactly a human gets salmonella from, so it's very possible that they did get it from food, but happen to have a hedgehog. Same thing with reptiles - they usually get blamed, even if the humans can't prove they got the salmonella from them.

Just practice good hygiene when you handle your hedgehog and clean her cage - wash your hands after handling her, particularly if she poops on you, wash your hands after cleaning her wheel or cage, etc. You should be just fine. And as far as I know, it's not something you could eliminate completely - I'm guessing they probably get it from eating food and shed it in their poop, which happens with plenty of other animals, including dogs. Kibble has a lot more bacteria than most people think, and it often gets treated like it's sterile or something. You can help limit your hedgie's exposure to bacteria by changing her food every night and storing her food in an air-tight container.
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I wonder about that.

I know if I was outside at 3am walking around town and the sun suddenly turned on, I'd be pretty freaked out.
I think about that too... makes me not want to turn on the lights?
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Please check the date before posting on a thread. This on is over two years old.
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Aaaa!! Same ! Every time I take him out (even if he was awake before and had some activity) he does it on me ahhaha
Getting used to it
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