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Old 07-07-2015, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The temperatures around here got really warm and I had to run the a/c. Penny's cage is off the floor and away from the vents. I kept a very careful eyeball on the temp the whole time. At one point it reached 26 C, which I think is too high. Then the temps dipped considerably and I had to turn on her space heater to keep it at about 24. Two days ago we found Penny to have a VERY cold tummy. She was not tightly curled up at all, as a matter of fact I have never seen her ball up tightly. After about 15 or 20 minutes she was nice and active. She ate all her food and ran on her wheel that night. Skip ahead 2 days and she was cool to the touch again. The temp in her room is 24.5, the thermometer sits right on top of her wire cage. She is in her pigloo and under her fleece. She was active when I got home as my son was snuggling with her.
I apologize for this long post but I want to give as much info as possible.
I tried to find info on aestivation but there isn't much I can find. She isn't out of her pigloo or splatter out at all.
My gut feeling is hibernation, but her cage temp should be fine.
She is 2 years old now. She used to like a cooler temp, around 22 or 23 C
Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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She could be becoming more temperature as she gets older. 24C is only 75F which really isn't that warm for a hedgehog. Some require temps as high as 78F (25.5 C)
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Is the space heater the only method you're using to heat the cage? Are you using a thermostat to control it so that the temperature stays consistent? If you're not, I would recommend getting one.

It's not just low temperatures that can cause hibernation attempts. Temperatures that fluctuate by more than a degree or two in either direction can cause them too.

Since it's been hot, i doubt you want to run the space heater every time you turn on the a/c. You might think about switching to a ceramic heat emitter. It would have to be controlled with a thermostat, but it will keep the cage temperature steady without heating the whole room and you won't have to worry about if your baby is at the right temperature.

In the mean time, keep an eye on her. Make sure that she continues to eat, drink, wheel, and eliminate. If she starts to be sluggish or unresponsive, get her warm and then to the vet.
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you both for your prompt replies. I will bump the temp up a bit. Yes the space heater is the only heat we are using right now, I have always been very nervous of a CHE, but we have been discussing this prior to her hibernation attempt and I was planning on going this route. The space heater does have a built in thermostat and kicks in and out as required. I never run the AC too cold, no lower than 23C so would the CHE be good to bump that up higher.
Also why does she not ball up?
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With the balling up, she may just be comfortable with you and doesn't feel the need to ball up.
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Hi Mom! lol
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