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Old 09-17-2014, 01:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone! My Luna and I had a scare last night. I'm not sure if it was a hibernation attempt or if she was just scared and grumpy. I've had Luna for almost 3 weeks now and she was 6 weeks old when I got her. Her cage and my apartment are always at a constant, comfortable temperature, and that hasn't changed. Last night I was cleaning her cage and put her in a new sleep sack that I made. She had never been in one before, but she seemed fine, balled up at first but then started exploring. I left her in a safe place on the floor (carpeted) while I cleaned her cage and then sat with her in the sack for a while. She was completely balled up when I went to sit with her, which I thought was a little strange, but I thought she just wen to sleep. When I went to put her back in her cage she would not unroll, which is strange because she usually unrolls and starts exploring very quickly. I picked her back up and still, nothing. I picked her up and started rubbing her back to get her to unroll. Her belly felt like it was a normal temperature, but she was unresponsive. She just "slept" and balled up when I moved. She didn't hiss or anything like normal, she just made a small whimpering/grunting sound when I rubbed her back. I sat with her for a good hour with her on my belly and trying to stimulate her to make sure she was warm. I finally put her back in her cage under some fleece and decided to wait until morning. She is now doing fine! I woke up in the morning and she was up and about like normal. She is eating and drinking, just a little more skittish when I reach in her cage to get her out, but she unrolls and explores quickly again. Was this a hibernation attempt, or something else? I am a first time hedgie mommy, so I am looking for some expertise. Thank you!
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Old 09-17-2014, 02:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That sounds a lot like what happened to me with Rosie Mae. You need to watch her very carefully for the next few weeks to make sure it doesn't happen again. Keep in mind that temperature is not the only factor in preventing hibernation- you also need to make sure your baby is on a consistent 12-hour light schedule. The shorter days this time of year make artificial light a necessity for our little ones to keep them healthy. Try plugging a lamp into a christmas light timer and setting it to turn on from 9am-9pm (ish).

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Old 09-17-2014, 03:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This doesn't sound like a hibernation attempt. It sounds like she was scared and went into a ball and stayed there for a while. A hibernation attempt severe enough to put her into a ball, is not going to happen in the span of time it takes to clean her cage.
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