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Old 10-03-2013, 09:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok I've noticed over the past couple of weeks Henry has been acting a bit off. He doesn't seem to be running as often, not quite eating as much (the eating started right after I broke his food dish and replaced it with a different one, so I just figured he hated it) Tonight at bath time, he acted kind of lost. Dazed look in his eyes, he wouldn't swim, just kind of sunk. Scare the crap out of me. I put him down on the ground and he started wobbling. My first thought was the WHS. That only lasted a minute. Now he's walking fine but seems so weak. This will probably sound weird but he's not moving his ball around his cage either. He seems so off. No loss in weight at all, he's drinking just fine. Am I just worrying too much?? Or is something wrong?? Nothing has been changed, his food is the same, bedding is the same.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What's the temperature in his cage?
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Echoing the temp question. As well - do you have any kind of heating set up for him? And does he get 12-14 hours of light a day?
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Adding to what was said above, how old is he? Some hedgies need more heat as they get up in age.

Whoops, I just saw in your signature that he's 21 months, is that correct?
Are there any drafts or serious temp changed? Even if it is not dropping below 70 if the temp is changing a lot it can trigger a hibernation attempt.
Does he have total darkness at night?
Also, are his teeth okay? May that could be contributing to his eating problem?
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The temp is around 75ish. I'm thinking maybe because our air went crazy he's gotten too cold? It dropped to about 70. I have his cage as covered as much as I can. He's in my bedroom, do you guys think because I'm a night owl and stay up most of the night I am bothering him? My sleep habbits over the past month have gotten horrible so I'm up almost all night. No he's not getting that much light. I've been so cautious on keeping a draft off of him, I guess I did that wrong Yes he is 21 months old. I have not checked his teeth, I will make sure to do that asap. I gave him some of his favorite baby food tonight and he gobbled that up as usual. He was up and running about an hour ago, now he's back to bed. It's 2:30am here.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Try bumping his cage temp up a degree or two if you can. Also make sure to fix the light thing - the easiest way to do that for a lot of people is to put a lamp or light on or near the cage on a timer, so it gets automatically turned on/off at the same time each day. That will keep his light schedule regular & prevent hibernation attempts due to that.

It could be your activity at night that's bothering him. Having a light on, even only a little bit of light, can prevent a lot of hedgehogs from coming out in their cage at night. Try to be up in a different room, if at all possible. If not, see if you can work out some kind of black-out cover for his cage & see if it encourages more activity from him.
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Thank you! I'm going to try that tonight. I closed the air vent in the room too so I could open up the blanket on his cage, so he can get some day light again. That's what I use to do with him. But was too afraid I would make him too cold. I can't be up in a different room at night. Maybe I can move him into the spare bedroom for a few days to see if it is me keeping him up!
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Sounds like a good plan! Make sure you're not relying just on daylight for his daytime light though - it's not always bright enough (if it's a stormy or dreary day), and right now the days are getting too short to rely solely on daylight even on good days. Best plan is to use a light near or specifically for the cage.

Let us know how he does, and keep an eye out for more wobbliness or weakness. If you check on him at some point and his tummy feels cool, that means it's definitely hibernation-related issues. You'll need to warm him up slowly, either on a heating pad on low (don't leave him unattended on it) or under your shirt (my favorite method). Don't put him in water. Once he's warmed back up, you'll need to figure out what the exact cause is and fix it - light or temp.
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Thank you so much! He was up and running tonight, until he saw me, the little stinker.
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