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Old 01-07-2014, 05:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hedgie might be trying to hibernate??

I haven't been on the forums in a while, but I really need some help here. I've been gone from my house for a day and I left Penny with my dad, who has taken care of her before and is usually quite good about what to do with her. However (and this is no fault of his, for sure), when I came home today I realized that the heater I usually have for Penny near her cage was no longer on, and the room was much too cold for her. My dad had been at work for quite a while at the time so I'm not sure how long Penny was without the heater, but when I went to pick her up out of her cage, she wasn't reacting like normal - no hissing, no popping, nothing. She curled up into a tight ball, but that's about the only normal thing she's done so far. I set her on a blanket for a bit, to see if maybe she'd uncurl (which, she did slightly, enough to see her nose and paws and such, and to tell for sure that she was breathing still), and when I realized that she wasn't going to just get up and run around, I bundled her up in a blanket and tucked her under my shirt, trying to warm her up. And that's where I am now. I have her under my sweater still, and I'm working on getting the room warmer now, but in the meantime, what should I do? Is she going to be alright? She still reacts when I touch her, and balls up tighter when I move her or there's any noise, so there's that, but... I'm not sure if that means she'll be alright or not. Any advice or reassurances that things will be fine would be appreciated, thanks!
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Can't figure out how to edit my last post for some reason, but just an update - I've calmed down quite a bit because, after about 45 minutes or so of having Penny under my shirt, I can already tell it's working - she's started to hiss and pop at me when I gently poke her through the blankets, and she uncurled almost completely when I removed her from under my shirt and held her. So, while I'm still a little scared of course, I'm already seeing progress which is definitely reassuring. Phew.
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm definitely not perfect for answering questions because everything I've posted here so far has only been worrying posts, but I'll try my best here...

Does she have a thermometer of some sorts for her cage? That's the most I can think of for things like this where you can look and know immediately if it's too cold.

Other than that, the best I can say is it seems she'll be fine if you continue to keep her warm from now on.
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Keep warming her up until you can feel that her belly is definitely warm again. I'd keep her out & with you until the room is the correct temperature again. Sounds like she should be just fine, and you did everything right. After she's warm again, you may want to bump the heater up a degree or two for a couple weeks, as they're most susceptible to another hibernation attempt after just having one. So keep a close eye on her for the next couple weeks too. Another thing to watch for is any signs of a URI - sniffling, sneezing, licking nose excessively, very wet/drippy/snotty nose, rattling-sounding breathing, etc. If you see any of that, time for a vet trip as soon as you can, as URIs need antibiotics to go away. Good luck and I'm sure she'll be fine!
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