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abbys 10-31-2013 06:13 PM

Hibernation? Deep sleep but no other symptoms.
Pig has been sleeping really deeply lately, and it's happened enough that I no longer think it's coincidence. When he's asleep in my shirt, I can pull him out, shuffle him around, take pictures with flash, talk to him and poke him, and THEN he starts to wake up. He's dreaming through all of this: feet and ears twitch, he smacks his mouth, and squeaks.

It's happened 5 times in about 5 weeks, but there are no other symptoms which is why I haven't acted on it. But the lack of other symptoms is suspicious to me.

- His tummy is always nice and warm when I check, and the cage temp is stable between 74-76 (any warmer and he's uncomfortable and sleeps under his wheel)
- Same light schedule
- Once he's awake, his energy level is the same
- No other strange behavior
- Wheeling is normal
- Food and water consumption is normal
- Poop is normal

He's always been a heavy sleeper, but I don't understand why he would suddenly start to sleep so much more deeply. I want to take him to the vet but I don't even know what to ask for. Could this be a form of hibernation even though everything else is normal and it's been going on for a pretty long time? Something worse? What am I missing? :(

abbys 11-01-2013 05:58 PM

It has been determined that I am being a spazz and that Pig is just SUPER comfortable around me and that's why he sleeps so soundly in my shirt. So after the initial heart attack at seeing him unconscious, I will just enjoy watching him have his little hedgie dreams. :)

Annie&Tibbers 11-01-2013 06:01 PM

He's just trying to make it easier for you to get him into costumes.

sklock65 11-01-2013 06:53 PM

I would take it as a sign that he is just so comfortable with his human!

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