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Old 08-03-2014, 12:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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About two mornings ago, I noticed that Dexter had not ran on his wheel or ate any food during the night. I thought it was possibly because I had played with him a lot that day so he just needed sleep because he's a baby. But it happened the night after that and I picked him up yesterday and he seemed kind of cold so I thought I should buy him a heating pad. He seemed to warm up and started acting normal so I put the heating pad in his cage. Now he is avoiding the heating pad and will burrow himself near his wheel and sleep. Also, the temperature in my room is 74. Please help!
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If he isn't getting 11-12 hours of direct sunlight or lamp light in his cage, they will go into hibernation, you need to make sure he is getting the right amount of light. Also make sure his lighting schedule is good
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He could be avoiding the heating pad because it's too hot. Try turning it down a little or wrapping it in fleece. He could also be avoiding it because he is plenty warm and doesn't feel like he needs it Babies do sleep a lot, so I wouldn't too much about that, but make sure you feel his belly for his temperature. It should be warm to the touch. Also look for other signs of hibernation attempts: lethargy, grumpier than usual, wobbling when walking, cold to the touch. If you see any of these signs you should take him in to the vet! If nothing else, just to put your mind at ease. Good luck
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74F may be too cool for him but heating pads can be too warm. It's best if the air is warm, rather than sleeping on something that is extra warm. Try wrapping the heating pad in a towel and see if that helps, but ideally it would be best to use something like a CHE setup to keep the air in the cage warm.
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thank yall for helping! Also why has he stopped running on his wheel at night? He stopped about two mornings ago. Is that normal for a baby hedgehog?
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If he'es too cool he won't be active. Also, has anything changed in the amount of light at night in the room he is in? If there is more light than there was, it may be keeping him from coming out.
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I took him out of my closet and put him in my bedroom so now he has sunlight from my window and also a lamp during the day. But at night I don't have any lights on in my room and he still sleeps all night. He has also become a bit aggressive with me.
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Is your window open at night? Even streetlight or moonlight from outside can be too much for some. Try covering his cage with a blanket (be careful of any heating devices) and see if that helps with the running thing. How old is he? He could be going through quilling, which makes them grumpier.
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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No my window is closed at night, I have put a fleece blanket on his cage and he still wont get on his wheel. He is about 9 weeks old and hes been losing a lot of quills
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