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Old 04-08-2016, 08:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey! So yesterday I was totally exhausted and I fell asleep, so I didn't hold my hedgie, which I feel terrible about. I got her up today and usually she perks right up after I get her out of her cage and hold her for a minute. She was balled up very tightly (something she hasn't done since I first got her) so I gently get her up and hold her for about 5 minutes without her calming down.
I put her down on the floor and step away (usually she'd make a break for the corner) but she doesn't unball at all.
At this point I'm starting to get worried, so I pick her up again and get a tiny bit of warm water to put her in. I can't get to her belly or feet to see if she's cold, so I lower her slowly into the water, once again, something she usually perks right up for.
She uncurls a tiny bit to get her head out of the water (it was only a couple centimeters of water, she only had to barley life her head) but would abruptly spike up, causing her head to go in the water. I was worried that she was going to inhale water or something so I took her out and put her on a towel.
I now have her sitting by a fireplace wrapped in a towel, and she'll move her head a tiny bit every few seconds and is hissing, but other than that she isn't doing anything.
Do you think she may be attempting to go into hibernation? Or something else?
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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She may be hibernating, hold her against your stomach under your shirt to warm her up. DO NOT put her in water, it's one of the worst things you can do for a hedgehog that it trying to hibernate or that is not behaving normally. The water will warm them up to fast then they will be chilled when out of the water.

What is the temperature in her cage?
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What temperature is her cage and what kind of heating system do you use? Is she already a bit more relaxed now?
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I held her against my stomach for a while and I think she's okay now. She's walking around and ate some food. Her cage was a little higher than 70, but I just put some more layers in there, since she likes to sleep under the fleece.
Thank you guys, sorry I was having a moment of panic there!
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70 is way too low. The min. recommended is 73, better around 75.

You need to make it warmer because it looks. Like it was a hibernation attempt and she can keep trying if the temp is not high enough. What heating setting do you have? The amount of blankets won't do any good if the air is not warm.
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Oh, I'm sorry, her breeder told me that 70 was fine, and I've read that on some websites, too. We keep her in the warmest part of the house, but I'm going to get a heat lamp tomorrow morning for her so that she doesn't get to cold again.
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Oh, I'm sorry, her breeder told me that 70 was fine, and I've read that on some websites, too. We keep her in the warmest part of the house, but I'm going to get a heat lamp tomorrow morning for her so that she doesn't get to cold again.
A lot of breeders are not the best source of information and for what I have researched, most people recommend above 72.

Get a CHE bulb of 150 with a dome specifically designed for CHE, a thermostat and a termometer. And keep her warm and what he for signs of illness. After a hibernation attempt their immune systems go down and they usually get sick and are masters at hiding it.
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Old 04-11-2016, 08:41 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Okay, thank you!
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