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Old 01-15-2014, 08:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Hedhog sleeping more than usual

Hi, I have a 11 weeks old female hedghog and since 3 day ago she only want to sleep. She used to be very active at night, but now she only want to sleep and find dark places. When I get her out of her cage at night she explores for 5-10 min and then climb over my shoulder and try to hide on my hair or under my clothes and fall sleep.

We move to another room a week ago, the firts days She gone crazy exploring all the place, and then " sleeping beauty" hapen. I don't know if the change could affect her behavior. I don't have a thermometer in the room, but I try to maintain the temperature warm and comfy, in the way of thinking that if I feel cold she feel cold.

Also I feel she is eating and drinking less than usual.

I'm a new owner and really scares me that maybe its something wrong with her.
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It'd be a good idea to get a thermometer in her cage as soon as you can to check the temperature. Hedgehogs are more sensitive to temperature changes, so it's not usually enough to go by what it feels like to you. You may need to get a heating set up specifically for her room or cage. Space heaters will heat the whole room, and CHE set ups will heat just the cage. https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...implified.html explains a bit more about both heating options.

Related, do you have a lighting schedule for her? She needs 12-14 hours of light daily, and it's usually best to give that with a lamp or light left on near her cage. Daylight isn't always bright enough (on stormy days) and right now days are a bit shorter still, though perhaps not as bad in Mexico as up here where I am!
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