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Old 03-15-2013, 02:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all!

So here is my dilemma. Thisbe is 10 weeks old, and I believe that she attempted to hibernate tonight. She was acting sort of strange, but I thought it was because of the antibiotic that she's on. [She was sneezing and coughing, so the vet gave her clavamox. She gets about 10 hours of light daily, her cage bedding is fleece and I have a space heater to try to keep the room constantly around 76 degrees. Her cage was on the floor, which I now realize was a mistake, but now it's up on my desk.

I warmed her up, she's eating but still a little wobbly and I think she's going to be OK. However, I'm in a wedding this weekend two and a half hours away from where I live, and I'm trying to decide whether to leave her with my roommate or take her with me. My roommate has agreed to check on her daily, feed her and keep her light schedule, however she hasn't spent much time holding Thisbe and I think she's timid about it. I don't want Thisbe to hibernate again while I'm gone, but I'm worried that traveling with her could be equally bad (I'm only going to be there Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon).

Please let me know what you think I should do. I know that I'm overly paranoid, but I'm pretty sure this was a hibernation attempt.
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh no! Well if that really was a hibernation attempt at least you caught it in time. How did it happen if there is a space heater in the room?! Scary!

As for travel all I would say is that it could POTENTIALLY be stressful for hedgie as well. Some get motion sickness or even just stressed from not being in a comfortable environment. If it were me I would probably feel better leaving hedgie in someone's watchful care. Make sure they know what to look for as far as hibernation signs, etc. Factoring in that your hedgehog is young and dealing with possible antibiotic side effects as well already I would worry about adding more to the mix.

I would really think about all the pros and cons and maybe others will share an opinion as well. When I brought Henry home it was a relatively short car ride so I don't have much first hand experience other than my gut feeling that I wouldn't want to inadvertently add any more stress to her.

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