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Old 01-20-2013, 12:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Not bhaving like usual

Hello everyone,
So last nigh, my girlfriend's hedgie, Fix, was behavnig strangely. By strangely, I mean he wasn't huffin, clicking, or doing anything h usually does when we take him out. Instead, he was shaking, being really quiet, and seemed to refuse to unball. He did uncurl eventualy, huffing lightly,and his food and water bowls were untouched. She noticedhewas shaking, and wrappedhim inhis towels and put him under his het lamp, in case he was feeling cold.

He is about 5 months old now, I've forgotten the exact week we got him.

Any help is appreciated!
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Did he feel cold or cool as well? It sounds like he was probably attempting hibernation. She did the right thing to help him short-term, but there's a few more things to do to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Does she have a thermometer in the cage to keep track of temperature? If not, she needs to get a digital thermometer with a probe so she can monitor the cage temp. General range that you want to stay within is 73-78*F, but that varies a lot by hedgehog. Check what the temperature is in the cage is for now, and then try to get it a couple degrees higher, even if it's within the normal range. They're more likely to attempt hibernation again after doing so once, so you want to keep the temp a bit higher. Make sure there's no cool drafts near his cage, and that the temperature is staying steady - if it varies more than a couple degrees through out the night/day, that can also spark a hibernation attempt. What kind of heat lamp does she have? Is it a CHE or is it a heat bulb for a reptile that emits light too? CHEs are what you want to use, since they don't emit light and won't bother them at night. Does she have a thermostat to control it?

The other thing that can cause hibernation attempts is lack of light schedule or enough light. They need to have 12-14 hours of light on a regular schedule every day. Lots of people do this by hooking a nearby lamp or something up to a timer to make sure it gets turned on and off at the right time every day. You don't want to depend on natural light - that can be much shorter in the winter (which is why it causes a hibernation attempt), and things like storms, etc. can make it darker and cause problems.
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