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Old 02-17-2015, 02:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got Pearl three days ago so I've been really anxious. Last night I could hear her eating and moving around but this morning when I got her out she was in a ball and quilled up. She did not hiss or pop like normal but if I touched near her face she rolled up tighter. I could not get to her belly to feel it. I laid her against me but she would not unroll and when I set her down in her cage she immediately unrolled walked over to the corner of her pen and sniffed her food walked around another second then burrowed back in her blanket. The room temp is set at 75. Was she just being grumpy or is she in the start of hibernation? This was an hour ago and I checked on her just now and she popped at me but didn't hiss like she usually does.
I'm just really nervous and don't want anything to happen to her
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Old 02-17-2015, 02:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not sure if that's her cage temp. I'm trying to figure out my new ceramic heater and need to get a cage temp gage.
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Old 02-17-2015, 02:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What do you have as your heat setup? I know you said you have a CHE but do you have a thermostat with it? and you definitely need a thermometer in the cage. Even though the room temp is set to 75, usually that is an inaccurate representation of what your room temp actually is (it was probably colder than 75).

She may have been very very grumpy since you just got her and she is unsure and nervous.

Or she may have been trying to hibernate (since she didn't make a noise when you picked her up).

Either way, watch her behavior. make sure she is eating, drinking, walking normally, running on her wheel. check her belly temp when she gives you a chance.

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Old 02-17-2015, 02:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The CHE has a thermostat on it so it kicks on and off all day to adjust the temp. I'm going to get a cage thermometer today. I just saw her move around a bit under her blanket. I guess the part that is scaring me is that she didn't hiss like she normally does and still hasn't when I've been checking on her and wouldn't unroll while I held her. She did unroll immediately when I put her down. And she did pop a little the last time I checked her. I know we haven't bonded all the way (or even close since this is our third day) so she's probably a little stressed from the change in environment and not knowing me yet. Maybe she was just an extra grumpy hedgehog this morning? she was active all last night and early this morning I could hear her playing with her food dish around 4 am (she likes to redecorate her cage). Maybe I'm just extra anxious or does this sound like it could be an attempt and she came out of it?
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To me, it doesn't sound like an attempt. Hedgies are usually very slow and disoriented after an attempt. Some may have a hard time walking or gaining balance. they usually will unroll slowly and some may not eat for a full day. What makes me think that it wasn't an attempt was that she unrolled as soon as you put her down and she just went about her business like normal.

The only thing that makes me suspicious is that she was in an extremely tight ball and she wasn't huffing at all…

however, for now she seems to be doing fine. if she is acting completely normal then you do not have much to worry about. just make sure you have a thermometer in the cage asap so you can see exactly what temp the cage is and make sure its stable.
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I put a thermometer in there and it says 75 degrees! She usually wakes up around 6 so I'll observe her more then. The couple times I've checked on her still no huffing, she's not in a ball, and she does quill up and react to being disturbed. Maybe she's just decided not to be huffy today? I've never met a hedgehog that doesn't huff. I think that's what threw me the most. She was huffing last night when I startled her on accident.
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You may just have a hedgie thats pretty non-vocal like mine! My hedgie doesn't huff very often. Only when I wake her up does she huff.

I would raise the heat by 1 or 2 degrees just in case. Especially since we don't really know if she attempted to hibernate. Raising it a tiny bit won't hurt I have my hedgie at 76-77 degrees.
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