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Old 07-06-2015, 09:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Today, i saw my hedgehog sleeping in a tight ball. I've never seen him seem like this. Does this mean anything? He goes on the wheel and eats and drinks. Im just paranoid. Someone please help!
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Old 07-06-2015, 10:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What temperature is his cage? What sort of heat setup do you have? Is he responsive at all? Knowing the answer to these questions will help you determine if he's hibernating. Do you have a thermometer in his cage? If you don't, get one asap. You need to know the exact temperature in his cage at all times.
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So the room temperature is around 80F degreee ish. Well, now he has loosen up and lying on its side. Should i still be worried?
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Have you picked him up yet? Does he respond or does he seem out of it? Does he feel cooler than normal on his belly? If he's unresponsive you're going to need to warm him up. You can place him against your skin to help warm him up, or you can use a heating pad on a low setting. You want to warm him up slowly. Do NOT use warm water. If after about an hour or so if he's still not responsive you'll need to get him to a vet.

You can't rely on what the thermostat for the room says the room is at. You need a thermometer in the cage so you know what the temperature of the cage is at. The cage is not necessarily the same temperature as the room. Make sure you go get a thermometer for the cage as soon as you can. What are you using to heat his cage?
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Do you have a thermometer in the cage? If not then all you can do is guess at the temperature. You need to know the actual temperature in the cage not just the room temperature.

Did you pick him up to see if his belly is cool? If you put "hibernation" into the search box you'll get a lot of information about it and how to prevent it
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what are some obvious signs that they are going into hibernation mode?
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Did you try doing a search or even reading the pinned posts? There is LOTS of information about it if you just look. Again do you have a thermometer in the cage?
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i don't have a thermometer in the cage, however, i do know for a fact that since we live in Texas there isn't a high chance of temperature going down. The room is fairly warm.

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i don't have a thermometer in the cage, however, i do know for a fact that since we live in Texas there isn't a high chance of temperature going down. The room is fairly warm.
It could be too warm. Or there could be something bringing the temperature of the cage down. Or the temperature may be perfect. But you cannot know that if you don't have a thermometer to measure the temperature inside the cage.

As for symptoms, as suggested, read the many existing threads on hibernation, on helping a hedgie that's too hot, and on maintaining a satisfactory cage temperature. And if you haven't already, read the book we've already referred you to.
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I just got my hedgehog last week and she seems to be doing fine, I bought a pen for hedgehogs so she can run around she’s been in it a few times and likes it but this time I put her in it and it took her like 10 minutes to uncurl as soon as she did she stood there shaking for another 10 min but then she started to walk around and seems fine. Should I be worried?
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