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Old 10-26-2012, 12:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I got my first little girl on Sunday, so far I've learned a lot about her. But one thing I'm not exactly clear on this. So she's a retired breeder, her old owner wanted her to go to an pet only home so I got to adopt her she's a year and a half.. Anyways she came with a super pet giant rabbit/guinea pig cage. It's an alright cage quite small in my opinion but okay. So I have built her a 2x3 C&C cage, it's bigger than her original cage. And one thing I have noticed when she is in her C&C cage she will not come out unless it's completely silence and dark and sometimes not at all until I fall asleep. But I had to put her in her super pet cage tonight cause I have to fix her her C&C cage and I have a light on, and she's running around on her wheel. Not caring if there is light or noise. Is it because she is used to this cage she is more comfortable? Or does she like the smaller amount of space? And how can I make her more comfortable in her larger cage?
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am having exactly the same issue! Hilde used to live in a cage I made out of two plastic bins connected by a pvc tube and she was pretty happy in there. Now she's in a 2x3 c&c and I am pretty sure she spends 90% of her time hiding under the liner. She doesn't even use her favorite hide anymore.

What I'm thinking is, that for hedgehogs who are not "explorer" types, they might be intimidated by a lot of space. I think Hilde was much more comfortable in a smaller house and I am thinking of breaking down the c&c and just putting her back in her old cage.
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I've been thinking the same thing. I was told my cage was too small so I added another by putting a pvc pipe to seperate them. One side is Percy's fleece bed, the other his wheel, toys and food. He's not an explorer and I'm thinking about just going back to one cage myself. He seemed happier that way.
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Ok, today I did switch back to Hilde's old cage. And let me tell you, she has completely turned around and is back to her old self again after just one day. I am so happy about this change and I recommend doing it for anyone else in this situation. JUST DO IT.
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