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Old 10-28-2014, 03:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hibernation attempt?? HELP!!!

Last night I'm pretty sure Willow had a hibernation attempt. Around 1-2am I found her laying in a ball by her wheel which I found super unusual because Willow is the type that has to sleep UNDER something, like she'll normally sleep in her igloo, but the first night I got her I had a blanket in her cage instead of shavings (because we had a 7 hour drive home and I snuck her into a hotel, oops) and when I woke up she was under it, and I constantly try to put her snuggle sack in her cage without her igloo bc her snuggle sack is large because I couldn't find a smaller one, and she'll sleep under it instead of in it.

Anyways, So I tried putting my hand by her and usually she'll at least flench but she didn't move, and at the point I immediately thought she was dead, so i scooped her up in her igloo and gently shook (don't know if i spelled that correctly, sorry!) it and saw her lil nose start to move which caused me to sigh in relief. I was still very confused what was going on because she wouldn't uncurl from her ball? Anyways basically i ended up putting her under my shirt on my boobs and she uncurled and was fine, but I am still VERY worried. I was up with her until about 7am last night/this morning, and I just feel like a horrible mommy. like what if I wouldn't of found her etc? I have like 5 blankets laying on half of her cage (so she has fresh air on the other side) and I don't have a heating pad for her, and I just can't sleep because I'm very anxious. Willow is my first hedgehog, and having her attempt to hibernate was my biggest fear and I've only had her for a month. So this just make my anxiety go nuts, and I don't know what to do. Has anybody else gone through this? how did you calm yourself down? HELP!!!
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you have any heating source?
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You will need to turn her temperature up a couple of degrees F. If she's attempting hibernation, she isn't warm enough.
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